Seneca Receives Federal Funding to Establish Artificial Intelligence Research Center


Grant will help industry partners develop AI-based business solutions through applied research

TORONTO, April 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Seneca has received $641,800 of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support applied research on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are essential to maintaining a strong Canadian economy.

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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 advanced manufacturing and commerce to creative media and finance.

Seneca is grateful for this NSERC funding, which will increase applied research that will accelerate the adoption of AI-based 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 research conducted by by Seneca data scientists will focus on business decision support, content analytics and management, 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 demonstrates the value of colleges, CEGEPs and polytechnics and how they contribute to Canadian innovation – from exceptional expertise in applied research and training experience to exceptional facilities and equipment,” said Alexander Adam, President, NSERC. “On behalf of the Tri-Agencies, congratulations to the high-performing colleges that will benefit from this special investment that will help their students, local businesses and communities thrive.

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Seneca received federal funding to establish an artificial intelligence research center.  (CNW Group/Seneca College)

Seneca received federal funding to establish an artificial intelligence research center. (CNW Group/Seneca College)

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