Seneca creates an AI research center

Seneca received $641,800 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support applied research into artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are essential to maintaining a strong Canadian economy.

The grant will help establish the Center for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence Technologies (CIAIT), where Seneca researchers will collaborate with industry partners to find AI solutions in sectors ranging from manufacturing and cutting-edge commerce to creative media and finance.

Center for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence Technologies (CIAIT) at Seneca.

“Seneca is grateful for this funding from NSERC, which will scale up applied research that will accelerate the adoption of AI-powered solutions for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses,” said Ben Rogers, Dean, Seneca Innovation. “These projects also provide students with invaluable experiential learning opportunities and connections to potential employers.”

CIAIT’s research by Seneca data scientists will focus on business decision support, content management and analytics, and cybersecurity. Examples of real-world applications include live transcription via speech modeling, predictive analytics to optimize drum systems, project performance management via machine learning, and document classification at the AI help.

“This additional support from the Government of Canada is a testament to the value of colleges, CEGEPs and polytechnics and how they contribute to Canadian innovation – from the exceptional applied research expertise and training experience to exceptional facilities and equipment,” said Alejandro Adem, President, NSERC. “On behalf of the Tri-Agency, congratulations to the successful colleges that will benefit from this special investment that will help their students, local businesses and communities thrive.

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