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World’s leading AI company to open its first satellite research lab outside U.K.

05
July
2017

One of the world’s leading AI research companies, DeepMind, will open its first international research base outside the United Kingdom later this month. The lab will be based in Edmonton and have close ties to the University of Alberta.

The new lab, to be called DeepMind Alberta, demonstrates DeepMind’s commitment to accelerating Alberta’s and Canada’s AI research community. It also signals the strength of ties between UAlberta and one of the world’s leading AI companies. Having been acquired by Google in 2014, DeepMind is now part of Alphabet. DeepMind is on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve complex problems without being taught how.

The DeepMind Alberta team will be led by UAlberta computing science professors Richard Sutton, Michael Bowling, and Patrick Pilarski, who...

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23
September
2017

Bossy brand advertising raises ire of most customers

UAlberta study blows holes in one of the advertising world's most beloved ploys.

Nobody likes to be told what to do. And now a UAlberta study proves that is true for even the strongest brand relationships. “Seventy-two per cent of ads in America’s top 10 print
06
September
2017

Alberta’s life sciences innovators to get boost from new health-tech business incubator

TEC Edmonton/Merck Canada to offer specialized expertise on UAlberta’s Enterprise Square campus.

TEC Edmonton and pharmaceutical giant Merck Canada are partnering up to create a business incubator connecting burgeoning Alberta-based health technology companies with health business
29
August
2017

International trade a net benefit to the poor

Despite the possibility of a reduction in real wages in some sectors, developing countries are better off in a global economy.

Poorer households in some developing countries experience net gains in well-being as a result of international trade, despite a potential erosion in income, a new study out of the University of
16
August
2017

The fine line Canada must walk in Trump's America

Deep economic asymmetry means Canada has more to lose than its southern neighbours during the NAFTA renegotiations.

As Canada entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) re-negotiations with the United States and Mexico this morning, it’s not business as usual. The deep economic asymmetry
16
August
2017

Canada needs NAFTA and the U.S. knows it

As renegotiations begin today, the battle hinges on the all-important dispute resolution mechanism, says UAlberta trade expert.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations that started today will likely be a battle of political wills that come back to the thorny issue of dispute resolution, says a UAlberta
12
July
2017

UAlberta grad students win major TEC VenturePrize

Students commercializing a remote temperature monitoring system they developed for the restaurant industry.

A pair of entrepreneurial graduate students at the University of Alberta won the $30,000 TEC VenturePrize Telus ICT Award with a technology that will help restauranteurs maintain food safety. Zack
07
July
2017

UAlberta remembers prominent Métis leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist

Herb Belcourt, a passionate supporter of Métis education, set up a fund that helped more than 900 Métis Albertans.

Herb Belcourt, one of Edmonton’s most prominent Métis education leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, died yesterday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 85. “Herb
08
June
2017

Cancer survivor and budding scientist turned to MBA to help others confront a harrowing disease

Three-time survivor taking time to decide best way to contribute.

Tim Buckland was on the brink of adulthood when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He received the news one week before his 18th birthday, and as a highly fit hockey player and passionate
06
June
2017

How learning leadership skills is helping a student bring renewable energy north

One of 45 grads of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership Certificate is determined to make renewable technologies accessible.

Since he was a boy, Jason Wang knew he’d be following in his father’s footsteps. His young eyes widened at the dizzying array of control panels and humming equipment in the lab where his
17
May
2017

UAlberta's Executive Education ranked among the world's best

Program sits 6th in Canada and 60th in the world.

The University of Alberta has firmly entrenched itself as being home to one of the world’s top executive education programs, according to the Financial Times business education ranking of
28
April
2017

Trump's trade deal threats won't have much impact on Alberta

Softwood lumber dispute is a power play paving the way to NAFTA renegotiation, says UAlberta economist.

The effect of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 20 per cent tariff on Canadian softwood lumber should be relatively small and temporary in Alberta, according to an economist at the University of