Expect a stellar local lineup at World Summit AI

published on April 11, 2023
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Now in its fifth year, World Summit AI Americas returns to Montréal to connect the AI community with two packed days of AI content, on April 19 and 20, 2023. The event brings together global AI leaders from enterprise, big tech, startups, academia, law, government and investment to tackle the most burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda. This year features two particular points of interest: a focus on the health sector, and lots of local talent.

A cornucopia of content

Forbes Magazine has described World Summit AI Americas as “a global force for good, focusing the attention of the data science and business communities on how our most cutting-edge tools can deliver a brighter future for us all.”

The 2023 summit features a variety of content tracks for participants to explore:

  1. AI in Action: Enterprise Stories, focusing on real-life AI in action stories from globally recognised corporates leading the way with innovation adoption;
  2. Deep-Dive Tech Talks, covering breakthroughs in generative AI and large language models neural networks, evolutionary computation, robotics, NLP, ML;
  3. Innovation Insights, showcasing the most disruptive AI tech companies of tomorrow, who are innovating at pace and creating entirely new models for AI application;
  4. Workshops and Roundtables, a highly popular section featuring interactive workshops;
  5. Intelligent Health, spotlighting the future of scientific insights and innovations and their impact on improving patient outcomes.

Health sciences at the forefront

The health sciences sphere and its AI applications is an area of great interest and notable investment in Montréal. It will be a fascinating track to discover more at World Summit AI 2023.

The Intelligent Health track has been designed by Intelligent Health, the world’s leading AI in medicine summit series, in partnership with SAIIL, the Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory AT Massachusetts General Hospital. It will focus on translating technological innovations and scientific insights into partnerships and programs that improve patient outcomes and streamline healthcare, to alleviate increasing pressure on facilities and resources.

According to MarketsandMarkets*, the AI in Healthcare Market is projected to grow from USD 14.6 Billion in 2023 to USD 102.7 Billion by 2028 and the adoption of AI in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down, despite concerns around issues such as data privacy.

Important Montréal voices

As home base to leading AI organizations like MILA (the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms), IVADO (Institute for Data Valorisation), big business initiatives like MicrosoftFacebookSamsung and Google, and an ever-growing crop of trend-setting startups, Montréal is at the international forefront of artificial intelligence technologies. Some of the brightest minds in Montréal’s AI scene will be speaking at the World Summit AI, known for having the best-of-the-best speakers every year:

Yoshua Benjio. Recognized worldwide as one of the leading experts in artificial intelligence, Bengio is most known for his pioneering work in deep learning, earning him the 2018 A.M. Turing Award, “the Nobel Prize of Computing,” with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun.

Joëlle Pineau. Pineau is a faculty member at Mila and an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at the School of Computer Science at McGill University, where she co-directs the Reasoning and Learning Lab. She is also co-Managing Director of Facebook AI Research, where she oversees the labs in Montreal, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Menlo Park.

Simon Lacoste-Julien. Lacoste-Julien is an associate professor at Mila and DIRO from Université de Montréal, and Canada CIFAR AI Chair holder. He also heads part time the SAIT AI Lab Montreal. His research interests are machine learning and applied math, with applications to computer vision and natural language processing.

Luc Rabouin. Rabouin was elected mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough of Montréal in October 2019. Since December 2019, he has been responsible for economic and business development, and design on the city’s executive committee. 

Tal Arbel. Arbel is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where she is the Director of the Probabilistic Vision Group and Medical Imaging Lab in the Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University. 

To learn more about the conference and all its stellar speakers, peruse the lineup here.

Cheat Sheet

Event: World Summit AI Americas

Dates: April 17 to 20, 2023

Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal




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