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Community - Partner Event

WaiTALK: Inside Look at Career Journeys in Research Based AI

March 16, 2021 - March 16, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM MST


First in a two part series to share career highlights and challenges from a personal perspective of a career in research in AI.

About this Event

Join Women in AI Canada (WAI) Edmonton and Calgary chapters for a two part series of WaiTALK, organized in association with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). Through these sessions, you can learn about the peaks and valleys, aspirations and inspirations of successful women in AI.

Part 1 is hosted by the Edmonton chapter and features three accomplished women in AI Research. Part 2, scheduled on April 14th at 12:00 MT, is hosted by Calgary chapter and features successful women in Applied AI.

You don't want to miss both of these sessions as you plot your own career journey!


Alona Fyshe

Alona Fyshe is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and Fellow at Amii and an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. In her research, she combines her interests in computational linguistics, machine learning and neuroscience to study the way the human brain processes language. Alona has discovered interesting connections between meaning representations in computer models and those in the human brain. Those connections serve to advance both our understanding of the brain and the state of the art in machine learning.

Anna Koop

Anna Koop is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Alberta and, previously, held the role of Managing Director of Applied Science at Amii. Part of the Reinforcement Learning & Artificial Intelligence Lab at UAlberta, she works to develop algorithms for real-time learning in dynamic environments. The focus of Anna's thesis is on knowledge representation in AI which has applications in the development of adaptive prosthetic limbs, among other robotic and control systems.

Nidhi Hegde

Nidhi Hegde is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and Fellow at Amii and an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. Her current research focus is on a fundamental approach to privacy and ethics in AI. Her goal is to investigate how outcomes from AI and machine learning methods breach privacy and impact fairness and bias. She seeks to create algorithms that are private and fair by design, which involves new mathematical models and algorithms that provide desired outcomes while maintaining privacy and fairness.


Bernie Kollman, ICD.D

Bernie Kollman is a passionate leader who is dedicated to building a stronger community, both economically and socially. Formerly an accomplished executive in the IT industry, she now leads a peer mentoring forum for CEOs and serves on boards of directors . She is passionate about creating an awareness, particularly among young women, for the wide range of careers in the IT industry and now, in AI. Bernie is a natural connector of people, ideas and opportunities. She is co-Founder and co-Chair of AlbertaWomen.AI and Edmonton City Lead for Women in AI.

For more updated information, visit the Women in AI Canada LinkedIn page. Link to the event will be shared a day in advance of the event.

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