AI Seminar Series 2021: Karen Willsey

The AI Seminar is a weekly meeting at the University of Alberta where researchers interested in artificial intelligence (AI) can share their research. Presenters include both local speakers from the University of Alberta and visitors from other institutions. Topics can be related in any way to artificial intelligence, from foundational theoretical work to innovative applications of AI techniques to new fields and problems.

On February 5, UAlberta Computing Science alumna (1994) Karen Willsey presented AI in Action - The WeStretch Story.

WeStretch is a stretching app with an animated virtual trainer. It was designed using Unity alongside various algorithms to generate unique and customized stretching routines using artificial intelligence. Developed alongside a physiotherapist, WeStretch allows you to learn how to move every joint in every direction, providing lubrication to connective tissue and improving overall blood circulation. The developed routines will help anyone improve their overall functional strength without gym equipment. Ultimately, Karen’s takeaways with app creation are: to get started, fail fast and to not be scared to embrace change.

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