Inside the minds of leading AI specialists: new AI Forum programming presented by Element AI

Learning to see ourselves in an AI-First world

No matter how many articles we read about AI, it can still feel like we’re on the outside looking into a foggy room. It’s not always easy to see past some of the hysteria of a robot takeover, or imagine the impact of a technology that’s only just starting to come into its own.

During our AI Forum in May, industry experts from around the world will join the largest concentration of independent AI researchers in the world for a unique conversation about this revolutionary technology. And just like AI, the Forum is shaping up at breakneck speed. So here is a preview of our 3 day program.

Special AI programming recap

May 24th: Demystifying AI to showcase the evolution of the technology, explore trends and assess potential capabilities

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast Panels on Media and AI Maturity

Opening of the AI Forum by Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

Media Brief: Covering the AI Story

  • Sean Silcoff, AI Reporter, Globe and Mail
  • Dave Gershgorn, AI Reporter, Quartz/Atlantic
  • John Biggs, East Coast Editor, TechCrunch
  • Moderator: Catherine Cano, CEO, CPAC

Panel: Becoming AI Mature

  • Joelle Pineau, McGill & MILA Institute
  • Andy Mauro, Co-Founder and CEO, Automat
  • Moderator: Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer, Partner of Real Ventures

10:35 – 11:00 – Keynote: Building the Montreal AI Ecosystem

  • Yoshua Bengio, Co-Founder, Element AI & Director, Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms
  • Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Automating our Way to Greater Creativity

  • Hugo LarochelleGoogle Brain Group Lead in Montreal

13:45 – 15:15 – Workshop: Reimagining Healthcare Through an AI-First Lens

  • Dr. Jonathan Kanevsky, Senior Resident, McGill Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

15:45 – 17:15 – Masterclass: The Fundamentals of AI

  • Yoshua Bengio, Co-Founder, Element AI & Director, Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms

May 25: Exposing the scale and impact of AI for companies, organizations, startups and society alike

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Ethical Considerations for AI

  • Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Machine Intelligence, Google

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop: Democratizing AI

  • Evan Prodromou, CEO, Fuzzy AI

15:45 – 17:15 – Masterclass: AI’s Cross-Industry Disruption

  • Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

May 26th: Initiating a conversation on ethics and regulations around AI and its impact

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast Panels on AI Companies and the Future of Jobs

Speech by Hubert Bolduc, President, Montreal International

Panel: So you want to found an AI company

  • Blake Borgeson, Founder and CTO, Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Matthew Zeiler, Co-Founder and CEO, Clarifai
  • Zavain Dar, VC, Lux Capital
  • Moderator: Peter Misek, Partner, IT Venture Fund, BDC

Panel: AI and Economic Policy (The Future of Work)

  • Terah Lyons, Former Obama AI Policy Advisor
  • Dominique Gautier, Senior Partner, Roland Berger
  • Robin Blijde, Vice-President and AI Lead, Goldman Sachs

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Transitioning Businesses Towards an AI-First World

  • Nicola Morini Bianzino, Managing Director Artificial Intelligence Practice and Growth & Strategy Lead for Technology, Accenture

13:45 – 15:15 – Workshop: Building Literate Machines

  • Adam Trischler, Head of Machine Reading, Maluuba

14:50 – 15:10 – Keynote

  • Naveen Rao, VP and GM, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop:  Democratizing AI

  • Evan Prodromou, CEO, Fuzzy AI

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop: Reimagining Healthcare Through an AI-First Lens

  • Alexis Smirnov, Co-Founder & CEO, Dialogue
The AI Forum will take place within the framework of C2 Montréal 2017, May 24-26, at Arsenal, 2020 William Street, Montréal.

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