Artificial Intelligence. Is it Alexa and Siri? Or Hal-9000 and Robocop? Join the Friends of the University of Alberta for a pint or glass of wine, and find out more about the Fantasy & Reality of Artificial Intelligence from one of North America’s leading researchers in the field.
Jonathan Schaeffer is Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence. He led the team that wrote Chinook, the world’s strongest checkers player. He is involved in the University of Alberta GAMES group developing computer poker systems. Schaeffer is also a member of the research group that created Polaris, a program designed to play the Texas Hold’em variant of poker. He is a Founder of Onlea, a nonprofit organization, which produces interactive online learning experiences such as Massive Open Online Courses.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
@ Accent Lounge, 8223 104 St, Edmonton
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Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta Society to provide interesting, engaging learning opportunities that break down real or perceived barriers to education and connect the University and its faculty to the broader community. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content.
Back by popular demand… Please join us on a tour through North Campus’ urban forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer, Wayne McCutcheon. The tour will highlight some of campus’ unique plant and tree specimens, the various water features and its overall landscape. This tour has been re-named Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour to be more inclusive of the diverse elements of the tour.
Register for your free ticket via EventBrite on one of these links:
For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories. Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has changed. Many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area. The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.
We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!
(***The tour is limited to 20 people on a first come/first registered basis. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled – the event organizers will confirm by email.)
A few of the Friends were treated to tour of the newStudent Innovation Centre. Dean of Science, Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer proudly showed us the new space that the Faculty of Science has built with planned opening in the Fall of 2018.
This year’s free standup reception with a mix and mingle style was well attended and a great opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old friends.
A short Friends’ Annual General Meeting was conducted, with Kate presenting a year end review and Matthew presenting the Treasurer’s report.
The highlights of the past year include the $10,000 Graduate Student Award.
The election of the executive positions for 2018-19 was completed as follows: The Friends elect Kate Freeman as President, Luca Vanzella as Vice President, Matthew Sharp as Treasurer, Ken Regan as Secretary.
Thanks to our guest speaker Steven Penney, for introducing us to the legal issues around digital devices and reasonable expectation of privacy.
The Friends look forward to bringing you more opportunities this summer and into the fall.