Meeting Minutes - Graham Taylor: Ethical A.I. University of Guelph - June 18th.2020
This virtual meeting began at 9:59 am with 27 members on-line. President Julian Sale chaired and moderated the meeting. Our speaker today, Graham Taylor has agreed that we could record the meeting to be put on the Club website. (See link below).
Announcements: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up on June 25th. Prior to that on June 23rd to 24th a link will be sent out for voting on the slate of directors being put forward for election of directors for the Club for the term from June 2020 to June 2021. Voting will be on-line and the results will be announced at the June 25th meeting. All of this information is on the website and the list of directors is found in the AGM report under the nominations report. We are continuing with the phone-tree to keep members in touch with the club’s activity.
Kerry Gennings introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Graham Taylor.
Bio: Graham Taylor is a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Guelph. He directs the University of Guelph Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical AI and is a member of the Vector Institute for AI. He has co-organized the annual Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Deep Learning Summer School, and trained more than 60 students and researchers on AI-related projects. In 2016 he was named as one of 18 inaugural CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars. In 2018 he was honoured as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40. In 2019 he was named a Canada CIFAR AI Chair. He spent 2018-2019 as a Visiting Faculty member at Google Brain, Montreal. Graham co-founded Kindred, which was featured at number 29 on MIT Technology Review's 2017 list of smartest companies in the world. He is the Academic Director of NextAI, a non-profit accelerator for AI-focused entrepreneurs.
Presentation: The Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical AI at the University of Guelph While the community is positive about the potential to use AI to solve problems important to humanity, there is also some uncertainty and apprehension about the long-term effects on our economy, our health, and our society at large. The University of Guelph recently announced the launch of the Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical AI. The centre honours: the university’s rich history in research that improves life and community-engaged scholarship and its growing strengths in fundamental and applied AI. What sets CARE-AI apart from other national and international AI centres is that it integrates ethics and governance expertise with technical leadership. These two groups regularly interact to ensure that new autonomous platforms are safe and benefit humanity. This new institute is founded on three pillars: Methodology, Responsibility, and Applications. In this short talk, its academic director, Graham Taylor, will showcase a few projects that align with each of these pillars.
Graham Taylor’s presentation can be found in its entirety on the RCMC website links under “More” then “Speaker’s Notes.” Graham Taylor’s website is: www.gwtaylor.ca
Upon conclusion of the Dr. Taylor’s presentation he was thanked by John Sneyd.
Next virtual meeting is the AGM on Thursday, June 25th Adjournment: 11:05 am