2019 AGM and Reception

The Friends of the University of Alberta Society invites you to our public Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive (U of A Campus) on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Lee Foote, Professor & Director of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden.

The Friends are hosting the AGM this year with the same format as last year. The evening will consist of the evening’s AGM business, our guest speaker and opportunity to meet other Friends over refreshments and appetizers.

Please join us for an evening to celebrate our 2018 accomplishments and what we envision for 2019. Please reserve your free tickets here.

Doors open at 4:45pm.

Photo credit “University of Alberta Botanic Garden.”

Artificial Intelligence – Fantasy & Reality

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Artificial Intelligence – Fantasy & Reality

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.

BIO
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.

2018 Annual General Meeting

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.

2018 AGM and Reception

The Friends of the University of Alberta Society invites you to our public Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive (U of A Campus) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Steven Penney, professor from the Faculty of Law who will speak about “Privacy, Security, and Encryption: Regulating Law Enforcement Access to Digital Devices”.

The Friends are hosting the AGM this year with a new format. The evening will consist of the evening’s AGM business, our guest speaker and opportunity to meet other Friends over refreshments and appetizers.

Please join us for an evening to celebrate our 2017 accomplishments and what we envision for 2018. Please reserve your free tickets here.

Doors open at 4:45pm.