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Users in the News: A Roundup of ARC-Supported Research Making Headlines - November 2018
Our ‘Users in the News’ series showcases and celebrates researchers who have recently made headlines, from local papers to international newswires. Did we miss anything? Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investment helps establish Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing facility in Edmonton
Western Economic Diversification Canada - November 15, 2018
The University of Alberta, a WestGrid member instituation, has received $5.2 million funding from Government of Canada to set up an Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Hub for Academic and Industry Collaboration ("the AI-Hub"). The project is expected to assist 40 small- and medium-sized enterprises, train 100 highly qualified personnel, and result in $15 million in increased business revenues and productivity gains.
UVic medical researchers named Canada Research Chairs
UVic News - November 13, 2018
WestGrid user Stephanie Willerth has been renewed as a Canada Research Chair in Bio-medical Engineering. Willerth's research uses stem cells to engineer tissues to replace diseased or damaged regions of the nervous system. Ultimately, she hopes to create personalized, engineered tissues that can help repair the nervous system.
Dr. Ed McCauley to be next president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary
UToday, University of Calgary - November 9, 2018
The University of Calgary, a WestGrid member institution, will welcome Dr. Ed McCauley as its ninth president and vice-chancellor on January 1, 2019, succeeding Dr. Elizabeth Cannon. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he has been a board member for Compute Canada, Mitacs, TRIUMF, and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Most recently, McCauley served on the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure and the Research Council for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Global forum focused on the future of the world’s oceans
Edmonton Journal - November 6, 2018
WestGrid user Paul Myers, a physical oceanographer and professor at the University of Alberta's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, recently participated on a panel roundtable co-hosted by the Embassy of France in Canada and UAlberta North. The roundtable brought together scientists, researchers, and the French and Canadian governments to discuss climate change, its impacts, and help understand each groups’ priorities to help drive greater collaboration.
Edmonton leading way in artificial intelligence research
Edmonton Journal - November 2, 2018
The University of Alberta (UofA), a WestGrid member institution, has been ranked third in the world for artificial intelligence (AI) research. Jonathan Schaeffer, one of WestGrid's founding principal investigators, was interviewed by the Edmonton Journal to reflect on the UofA's success in the field and discuss what the future holds for AI research.