Montréal’s recent groundbreaking achievements in Artificial Intelligence

published on 12 04 2018
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Montréal’s place at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence-related innovation and invention is recognized the world over as one of AI’s primary hubs of research and development. And it’s not just us who are excited: In the words of WIRED magazine, the city is also the world’s AI startup powerhouse. We’ve spoken before about what makes Montréal such an important piece of the AI puzzle (not to mention its aims for true diversity in the field), but now it’s time to toot our horn with some specifics. Here’s a few of Montréal’s recent accomplishments – a list that grows each and every month.

October 2018 | Optina Diagnostics Inc, raised $4-million in funding to scale up research into early Alzheimer’s detection through the use of AI

October 2018 | Facebook’s AI lab headed by Joëlle Pineau explained how a machine can create a recipe from a photograph of the québécoise delicacy Tourtière

October 2018 | AI technology capable of predicting cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer’s Disease could be available within 5 years thanks to researchers at McGill University

September 2018 | Montréal’s Aifred aims to help those suffering with depression with its AI-driven clinical decision tool that can predict treatment efficacy, track progress and provide electronic records for patients

September 2018 | With AI, Semeon Analytics can decipher feelings behind tweets

September 2018 | Montréal teens develop Artificial Intelligence #VisAbility Cane for the visually impaired

August 2018 | Brain Mining Lab researcher Alicia Heraz has trained an algorithm to recognize emotions from anger and fear to laughter and love simply through the way we use touchscreens

August 2018 | Concordia University unveiled the first geonome lab in Canada where “robots do biology”

August 2018 | The Bonjour-Santé clinic appointment booking system introduced a time-saving method that could save up to 6.5 million hours of patient time per year

July 2018 | Local startup Nectar uses AI to monitor hive health and keep bees healthy

July 2018 | A team of over 40 researchers committed to a project aimed at improving access to justice

July 2018 | Researchers at McGill developed brain ‘fingerprints’, using AI technology and computational brain modelling to predict drug effectiveness

 June 2018 | Montréal hospitals use AI screening tools to detect eye disease in diabetes patients

May 2018 | Motorleaf, an AI system to predict greenhouse yields both large and small, raised $3.6 million in seed money

May 2018 | Joëlle Pineau awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship for their use of AI to improve the treatment of cancer and heart disease

March 2018 | IMAGIA received $3-million towards research and development in the use of AI applied to Oncology

August 2017 | Montréal’s Neuro and AI community at the heart of world ‘Open Science’ movement

August 2017 | McGill researchers develop AI capable of predicting dementia before the onset of symptoms

July 2017 | Researchers at McGill use AI to detect long-term concussion in athletes

February 2017 | Infra.ai, working with the City of Montréal, is developing AI monitoring systems to locate less-healthy trees in need of maintenance or replacement

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