Community & Events

Event Round-Up | May 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! Info Session

Hello Amii! is your introduction to the Amii Innovates program and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. Learn how our experts can guide your teams and processes to help build your machine intelligence capabilities and propel your business to the next level. We want to help you go beyond small-scale AI projects and jumpstart your in-house ability to develop your own plans around artificial intelligence and machine learning and drive the next stage of growth for your business.

Join us at Hello Amii! and discover how our team of expert Machine Learning Advisors and Applied Scientists can help your organization gain the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to create a transformational shift in the way your teams think about data and decision making.


May 21 – Calgary
Register today!
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The Inc. at Platform Calgary (formerly Calgary Technologies Inc.)
3553 31 St NW
Calgary, AB T2L 2K7

May 30 – Edmonton
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12 – 1 p.m.
Amii HQ
#1101, 10065 Jasper Avenue NW
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.

May 28 – Edmonton
Register today!
12 – 1 p.m.
Amii HQ
#1101, 10065 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 3B1

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. Presenters include both local speakers from the University of Alberta and visitors from other institutions. Topics related in any way to Artificial Intelligence can be presented, from foundational theoretical work to innovative applications of AI techniques to new fields and problems.

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!

May 10: Nathan Stutervant

More info to come

May 17: Bradley Hauer

Speaker: Bradley Hauer

Title: Theoretical and Empirical Advancements in Computational Lexical Semantics

Abstract: This presentation will summarize two recent studies investigating important problems in computational lexical semantics: most frequent sense detection, and homonymy classification. In the first part, Bradley discusses the use of two sources of semantic information: the most frequently co-occurring words (companions), and the most frequent translation. He presents two novel methods that incorporates these concepts and advances the state of the art. In the second part, he proposes four hypotheses that characterize the unique behavior of homonyms in the context of translations, discourses, collocations, and sense clusters. The results of the experiments using a new annotated homonym resource provide strong empirical evidence for the hypotheses. This study represents a step towards a computational method for distinguishing between homonymy and polysemy, and constructing a definitive inventory of coarse-grained senses.

Bio: Bradley Hauer is a doctoral student at the University of Alberta Department of Computing Science, working with Greg Kondrak. He has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including generating phonetic spellings of words, identifying translations of words from unstructured text, and analyzing a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown script. His current research is focused on foundational issues of lexical semantics. His most recent paper was nominated for the IEEE ICSC 2019 Best Paper Award.

May 24: Ilbin Lee

More info to come

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

In the Community

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

Edmonton – Women in Machine Learning & Data Science: Large Scale Data Remediation in Finance

WiMLDS’s mission is to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science. This month’s event features Rhys Chouinard, Data Scientist at ATB Financial (Large Scale Data Remediation in Finance – A Full Stack OCR Journey) and Tara Petrie, Machine Learning Educator at Amii (Math in Machine Learning: Some Fundamentals).

May 14
Reserve Your Spot!
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Startup Edmonton
#301, 10359 104 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

Edmonton – Telus World of Science Dark Matters: Game On!

Dark Matters is an 18+ event, where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play. This month marks the return of a Dark Matters fan favourite: GAME ON! Guests will battle it out for first place, test their strategy and hone skills. Not to mention, we’ll be exploring the math, technology, and physics behind everyone’s favourite games. Become a game-master, you know you wanna! Some highlights include:
– Board Game Café hosted by Table Top Café
– Video games in the IMAX Theatre
– Improv games hosted by Amii’s Kory Mathewson

May 16
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6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
11211 142 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 4A1

Calgary – TECTERRA Industry Panel: Constructing a Business Development Strategy

Business Development combines sales, partnerships, brand development and even media engagement. But how do new business owners develop a comprehensive business development strategy, while also thinking of financials and operations? During this luncheon session, hear from individuals with a variety of backgrounds on what techniques have worked for their business model, and how you can apply them to your development plan. Lunch will be provided to attendees. Panelists Include:
– Moderator: Richard Gorecki, Director of Portfolio Development, TECTERRA
– Tammy Peterson, VP, Marketing & Communications, Solv3D
– Spencer Murray, Director, Communications & Public Relations, Amii
– Desiree Bombenon, CEO & Cheif Innovation Officer, SureCall

May 28
Register today!
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Nucleus, Calgary
100 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2C4