Edmonton Startup Week 2019 is imminent, and we couldn’t be more excited to participate! From October 21 to 25, attend workshops, socials, and events geared towards building momentum and opportunity around Edmonton’s unique entrepreneurial identity, startup community and culture of innovation. 

Here is where you can catch the Amii team:

Tech on Tap: Machine Learning Mishaps with ATB & Amii

October 21, 4 – 5 p.m. | Mercer Tavern (10363 104 St NW)

Start your Startup Week in the best way possible by joining ATB and Amii for a special happy hour event at Mercer Tavern. Join us for some great conversations, some awesome craft beer, and a light-hearted presentation from Cathy King (Director, Amii Educates) and David Chan (Director, Amii Innovates). RSVP Here!

Artificial Intelligence in Edmonton

October 22, 12 – 1 p.m. | CBC Edmonton Stage (123 City Centre Mall, 10062 102 Ave)

Sit down with Cory Janssen (CEO of AltaML), Craig Knox (CTO of DrugBank) and Patrick Pilarski (Amii Fellow and Associate Professor at UAlberta) to learn about the real life ways that any industry can integrate AI into their company. Whether it be to create internal efficiencies, optimize a business process, or advance and scale their operations, these contributors to AI in Edmonton will chat about unsexy AI and the integral role it plays in innovation. RSVP Here!

Machine Learning 101

October 24, 12 – 1 p.m. | Startup Edmonton (301 – 10359 104 St NW)

Heralded by many as the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence has inspired countless news articles, novels, and films. With this deluge of information comes hopes and aspirations, fears and misconceptions – some justified and others not. How can we make sense of it all? Join Amii as we pull back the curtain on AI and lay a pragmatic foundation for what AI is, what it isn’t, and how you can begin to think about the place of AI in your business. RSVP Here!

In Search of Edmonton’s Next Tech Unicorn

October 24, 1 – 5 p.m. | World Trade Centre (#200 – 9990 Jasper Avenue)

Are you interested in investing in tech but don’t know where to start? Don’t know the difference between pre-seed, seed or series A, B or C investment rounds? Would you like to hear from veteran tech investors about how to pick winners or winning teams? Interested in meeting some of Edmonton’s leading tech company founders that are at the forefront of Canadian innovation success? Join us for an engaging and interactive afternoon discussing how to invest directly in some of Edmonton’s best technology companies, featuring Amii Fellow and Professor at UAlberta, Rich Sutton! RSVP Here!

AI Seminar

October 25, 12 – 1 p.m. | CSC 3-33, University of Alberta (8900 114 St NW)

These weekly seminars (free pizza lunch provided) give AI enthusiasts a friendly way of engaging with the latest topics and trends in AI research and development. RSVP Here!

Ladies Learning Code: YEGTech Open House (For All Ages)

October 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Startup Edmonton (301 – 10359 104 St NW)

This Halloween-themed event gathers together Edmonton tech community groups, meetups, non-profits and businesses – including Amii, represented by Anna Koop (Director, Amii Explores). Try out tons of rad activities while getting to know the people behind Edmonton’s thriving tech community! Look for opportunities to collaborate and possibly recruit new members or employees – plus indulge in some costumes and candy. RSVP Here!

Can’t make it to these events? Join us at Hello, Amii in Calgary on November 6 or Hello, Amii in Edmonton on November 14!

Bonus Event: Launch Party 10

October 24, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Startup Edmonton (301 – 10359 104 St NW)

Many members of the Amii team will be milling about the tenth edition of Launch Party Edmonton, the city’s flagship startup event that celebrates and showcases the hottest startups in town. Launch Party isn’t your typical networking event or trade show. It’s a party designed to celebrate and showcase the rockstar entrepreneurs in our community. Drinks, DJs, and great company all await you at Launch Party! Purchase Tickets Here!

EDMONTON, AB (October 17, 2019) – Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) have announced a collaboration via Memorandum of Understanding to leverage each other’s combined expertise to promote a singular service offering at the intersection of drug development and machine learning/artificial intelligence. Together, API and Amii will explore opportunities to collaborate on an ongoing basis and support each other’s efforts in the development of a broader innovation ecosystem.

“We’re really excited about the collaboration with API,“ says John Shillington, President and CEO of Amii. “Drug development is an enormously complex industry, and many of its challenges can now be tackled using machine intelligence. By working with API we’re thrilled to explore ways of collaborating that leverage our combined expertise in a way that is second to none.”

API builds translational teams in pharmaceutical sciences and drug development to support industry and innovators, training students on industry projects at the pace of industry while pulling together the expertise of Canadian research-intensive institutions. Together with the help of Amii, API will be able to explore applications of AI with API’s industry partners in a wide range of areas from early-stage drug design, to clinical trials and beyond.

The memorandum is one that recognizes Amii and API as global leaders in the space. API’s network of members includes global top fifteen expertise in applied pharmaceutical sciences and drug development. When combined with Amii’s position, helping to make the University of Alberta one of the global top five AI and ML institutes, the two organizations are arguably making Alberta the number one place in the world for the application of AI in drug development.

“The combination of machine intelligence with the drug development process has endless possibilities,” says API CEO Andrew MacIsaac. “Through our agreement with Amii, we want our teams to create and find solutions that will get life-saving drugs to the people that need it faster and more efficiently than ever before.”

About Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation

API is a not-for-profit that works in collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as research and post-secondary institutions across Alberta and beyond, with the goal of building a sustainable and vibrant pharmaceutical sector in Canada and establishing Alberta as a world-leading hub for pharmaceutical innovation and commercialization. API draws on an interdisciplinary network of over 30 pharmaceutical scientists, clinicians, regulatory, patent, and market experts in a variety of fields and disease areas to bring life-saving research to the real world.  www.appliedpharma.ca.

About Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

One of Canada’s leading AI institutes, Amii drives advanced research in machine intelligence at the University of Alberta and other academic institutions and leverages scientific expertise to advance state-of-the-art industry research, enable businesses to build their internal machine learning capabilities and grow Alberta’s AI workforce. Visit amii.ca for more information, or view our fact sheet.

See the original media release on the API website.

One of Canada’s three main institutes for artificial intelligence (AI), the ​Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)​ is a global leader in AI and machine learning (ML). Our world-renowned researchers drive fundamental and applied research at the University of Alberta and train some of the world’s top talent while our team of expert applied science team works collaboratively with Alberta-based businesses to generate economic impact. Amii engages with a host of community stakeholders through ongoing workshops, seminars, meetups, and upskilling programs.

We believe machine intelligence is poised to be the primary driver for sustainable growth for Alberta’s economy. As an Amii Data Scientist, you’ll use your skills in programming, statistics, and visual communication to directly impact Alberta businesses by supporting the development of ML models, evaluating data resources, and directing project definition for applied ML. Working closely with our team of Machine Learning Scientists, you will help empower our partner companies (Innovation Affiliates), with the knowledge and skills they need to drive a successful machine intelligence strategy and ensure the right ML resources and techniques are used on their internal projects.

Role Summary

An Amii Data Scientist provides support to the Machine Learning Scientists on data analysis and integration for client engagements. Primary work includes data acquisition, preprocessing, exploratory analysis and documentation of the findings. Asking the right questions and determining an effective path to analyze and interpret the data are key components of the position. An Amii Data Scientist works with current and evolving data science tools and techniques to develop appropriate descriptive and prescriptive analysis.


Data science requires creative and analytical problem-solving skills with an attention to detail, including experience in understanding the complexity involved in turning data into conclusions. The selected candidate should be able to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of certain datasets and make inferences on the readiness of the data to build ML solutions.

Relationship with Stakeholders

The selected candidate will work closely with the Machine Learning Scientists and external project partners to ensure that information and deliverables are clearly communicated as required.

  • At least one year of MSc. or PhD. in CS
  • Proficient in Python and Jupyter Notebooks
  • Solid understanding of data exploration techniques – specifically data pre-processing, data validation and exploratory data analysis
  • Ability to quickly grasp the business problem and arrive at solutions for making data-driven decisions
  • Industrial experience in data engineering, software development and/or data analysis is an added advantage 
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Team player enthusiastic about working together to achieve excellence
  • Capable of critical and independent thinking, with a sense of  curiosity and the desire to learn new things, techniques, and technologies

Job Type: 4-5 weeks contract position

Salary: $50/hr

Work Duration: Expected 20 hours per week

How to Apply: Send your resume to luke@amii.ca with the subject “Amii-DS-PVP”

Community & Events

Event Round-Up | October 2019

Amii Events

Meet members of the Amii team, connect with like-minded people, and learn the latest about what’s happening in machine intelligence at Amii events! Here’s where we’ll be this month:

Hello Amii!

Our Amii Innovates program has one goal: to build your internal capacity for machine learning. Business adoption of machine intelligence has grown by 270% in the past four years with an estimated 37% of companies implementing machine intelligence in some form. Join us at Hello Amii to discover whether you’re ready to join their ranks and take the next steps of building your business’ internal capacity.

October 15 – Calgary
Register today!
12 – 1 p.m. 
University of Alberta – Calgary Centre 
333 5 Ave SW 
Calgary, AB T2P 3B6  

October 17 – Edmonton
Register today!
12 – 1 p.m. 
Amii HQ 
#1101, 10065 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, AB T5J 3B1

Machine Learning 101

Heralded by many as the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence has inspired countless news articles, novels, and films. With this deluge of information comes hopes and aspirations, fears and misconceptions – some justified and others not. How can we make sense of it all? Join Amii as we pull back the curtain on AI and lay a pragmatic foundation for what AI is, what it isn’t, and how you can begin to think about the place of AI in your business.

October 24 – Edmonton
Register today!
12 – 1 p.m. 
Startup Edmonton 
#301, 10359 104 St NW 
Edmonton, AB T5J 3B1  

In the Community

Members of the Amii team are proud to support Alberta’s innovation community. You can find us at the following events:

Eric Geddes Lecture – Artificial Intelligence: Using AI in Your Business

The Geddes Lecture Series features leaders from both the private and public sectors, in addition to bringing some of Alberta’s world-class researchers and their findings to the community, with the goal of promoting awareness and discussion on timely, impactful, and relevant business topics. This talk will feature Amii’s Director of Amii Explores, Anna Koop, Amii Fellow Patrick Pilarski, as well as AltaML Co-founder/CEO Cory Janssen and ATB President and CEO Curtis Stange.

October 3 – Edmonton
RSVP today!
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Royal Alberta Museum 
9810 103 A Ave NW, Edmonton 

Edmonton Startup Week

Amii will be involved in several events during Edmonton Startup Week, happening October 21 – 25, 2019. Now in its tenth year, Edmonton Startup Week features workshops, socials and events which build momentum and opportunity around our city’s unique entrepreneurial identity, startup community and culture of innovation. We will be doing a special post on Startup Week as it draws closer, so stay tuned!

Educational Opportunities

Amii Educates aims to boost machine intelligence skills and literacy. Here are the programs currently being offered:

Amii & UAlberta Faculty of Extension – Preparing Your Business for Machine Learning

What areas of your business can benefit from Machine Learning? What factors should you take into account when exploring a ML project for your organization? Gain conceptual and practical knowledge of ML management as you learn how to define an ML problem, understand risk and data needs, and get ready to plan for ML business applications. By the end of this course you will have a working knowledge of the Machine Learning Canvas process.

October 23 – 25 – Edmonton
Register today!
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
10230 Jasper Ave
University of Alberta Extension
Edmonton, AB T5J 4P6

Coursera – Machine Learning: Algorithms in the Real World Specialization

Taught by Director of Amii Explores, Anna Koop, this specialization is for professionals who have heard the buzz around machine learning and want to apply machine learning to data analysis and automation. Whether finance, medicine, engineering, business or other domains, this specialization will set you up to define, train, and maintain a successful machine learning application.

Register today!

AI Seminars

Keep up to date on research coming out of the University of Alberta and beyond! The Artificial Intelligence Seminar is a weekly meeting where researchers interested in AI can share their research. Organized by and hosted at the University of Alberta, each AI Seminar happens (unless otherwise specified) at 12 – 1 pm in the Computing Science Center, CSC B-10 (floorplan). Plus, pizza is provided for all attendees!

Keep up to date with the AI Seminars by subscribing to the AI Seminar Speakers Google Calendar.