Events

Mar
22
Sun
IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning
Mar 22 @ 11:30 – 13:30

IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning

IEEE Ottawa Section, PHO
Chapter, CS Chapter, SP Chapter, TEMS Chapter

Jointly with Vitesse
Reskilling

The Rise & Foreseeable Future of
Artificial Intelligence:
Observations from a Commercial Pioneer

Peter MacKinnon

Synergy Technology
Management

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

359 Terry Fox Drive, Suite 200, Kanata, Ontario

11:30 – 13:30

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly in the news
with stories of promise and peril.
Political leaders have declared it a national priority, the global high
tech industry is racing AI apps to markets and policy and governance
implications of AI are in their infancy.
We will explore where this is all heading.

We will begin with some definitions and a bit of
history behind the rise of AI.  The talk
will then place AI in the context of being a potentially disruptive technology
on society. This will lead to a discussion about ethics and moral issues
regarding the development and use of aspects of AI as a dual-use
technology.  Time permitting, the role of
AI in defence and security will be used as an example for appreciating the
complexity and ethical issues brought on by AI. We will then turn to the role
of the engineer in this new world being enabled by AI.

Finally, we will review potential governance and
policy issues and options to address the rapid unchecked development and
application of AI within society at large; and, ultimately end with a
precautionary note.

 

Biography

The speaker was
a pioneer in the commercialization of AI in the 1980s and today is actively
involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI.  Peter has an extensive background on the
forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive
technologies and their impacts on society.
He was an early proponent in the development and promotion of Big Data
and data analytics using High Performance Computers, and was a major
contributor in creating the Internet in Canada, among other accomplishments.

Peter has a
background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and
international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and academic;
including most recently affiliation with both Telfer School of Management and
the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of
Engineering at Carleton University.  Peter
also blogs on AI for the Institute on Science, Society and Policy, an
interfaculty organisation at uOttawa.

 

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Event
is free, but space is limited.  All
participants must register in advance.   

Please
follow the link to register

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/226058

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For
more information, please contact: Kexing Liu kexing.liu@ieee.org

Apr
22
Wed
IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning
Apr 22 @ 12:00 – 13:30

IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning

IEEE Ottawa Section, PHO
Chapter, CS Chapter, SP Chapter, TEMS Chapter

Jointly with Vitesse
Reskilling

The Rise & Foreseeable Future of
Artificial Intelligence:
Observations from a Commercial Pioneer

Peter MacKinnon

Synergy Technology
Management

—————————————————————-

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

On-line Webinar

112:00 non – 13:30

—————————————————————-

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly in the news
with stories of promise and peril.
Political leaders have declared it a national priority, the global high
tech industry is racing AI apps to markets and policy and governance implications
of AI are in their infancy.  We will
explore where this is all heading.

We will begin with some definitions and a bit of
history behind the rise of AI.  The talk
will then place AI in the context of being a potentially disruptive technology
on society. This will lead to a discussion about ethics and moral issues
regarding the development and use of aspects of AI as a dual-use
technology.  Time permitting, the role of
AI in defence and security will be used as an example for appreciating the complexity
and ethical issues brought on by AI. We will then turn to the role of the
engineer in this new world being enabled by AI.

Finally, we will review potential governance and
policy issues and options to address the rapid unchecked development and
application of AI within society at large; and, ultimately end with a
precautionary note.

 

Biography

The speaker was
a pioneer in the commercialization of AI in the 1980s and today is actively
involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI.  Peter has an extensive background on the
forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive
technologies and their impacts on society.
He was an early proponent in the development and promotion of Big Data
and data analytics using High Performance Computers, and was a major
contributor in creating the Internet in Canada, among other accomplishments.

Peter has a
background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and
international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and
academic; including most recently affiliation with both Telfer School of
Management and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa and the
Faculty of Engineering at Carleton University.
Peter also blogs on AI for the Institute on Science, Society and Policy,
an interfaculty organisation at uOttawa.

 

—————————————————————-

Event
is free, but space is limited.  All
participants must register in advance.   

Please
follow the link to register

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/226058

—————————————————————-

For more information,
please contact: Kexing Liu kexing.liu@ieee.org

May
26
Tue
Photonics North 2020
May 26 @ 08:00 – May 28 @ 17:00

On behalf of the conference organizing committee,
we invite you to the virtual Photonics North Conference on May 26-28,
2020.  In the midst of a global crisis,
we look forward to meeting with all of you, our colleagues, as we carry on with
the work of advancing optical science and engineering. Join us for outstanding
plenary talks from inspirational thought leaders. Join us for the very best
work from respected and established researchers. Join us for talks from
emerging researchers, presenting what is surely the opening work of brilliant,
burgeoning careers.

Photonics and optics are finally seeing widespread adoption and significant growth into new markets. Photonic devices are being applied to sensing, communications, and even quantum computing. High speed fiber optics and highly integrated subsystems are essential to the rollout of 5G systems. There has never been a better time for research, development, and training in photonics and Photonics North is essential for developing and promoting the ecosystem.

 

Conference Chairs

Gord Harling
President and CEO, CMC Microsystems       

P. Scott Carney
The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester​     

Aug
12
Wed
IEEE OTTAWA WEBINAR SERIES ON AI AND MACHINE LEARNING
Aug 12 @ 12:00 – 13:00

Speaker:                Dr : Marin Soljacic, MIT

Date:                      Wednesday
Aug 12th, 2020

Time:                      12:00
noon to 13:00

Title of the talk:       Photonics:
a great testing-ground to develop new AI algorithms for science

Sep
24
Thu
IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Monthly Webinar
Sep 24 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Date: Sept 24th, 2020

Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Ken Coates, Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Topic: Technology-Enabled Indigenous and Remote Communities

Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/238665 

Summary:

As the COVID-19 Pandemic demonstrated, almost all Indigenous and remote communities suffered from serious infrastructure deficits.  With limited or unreliable Internet, poor quality electricity, and weak health care services, these communities were uniquely vulnerable to the disease and the economic and social challenges that accompanied the pandemic.  But Canadians already knew that Indigenous and remote communities are poorly served and largely lift out of the so-called “innovation economy.”  It is time to develop a strategy for bringing technology-enabled opportunities to Indigenous and remote communities.  This webinar presents a model for digitally-enabled Indigenous and remote communities, explores the barriers to implementing this “inversion” of Canadian innovation and that contemplates strategies for addressing quality of life issues in collaboration with residents and local governments.

Biography:

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. His work focuses on the development of strategies to promote 21st century well-being in small town, rural, Indigenous and remote Canada. Ken’s major project examines the potential contributions — and negative impacts — of emerging technologies on rural and remote communities.

For more information and speaking opportunity, please contact, Dr Kexing Liu, IEEE Canada Outreach and Partnership Committee Chair, kexing.liu@ieee.org

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