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Borealis AI expands lab network into Vancouver

Borealis AI recently announced it is expanding its network of labs across Canada into Vancouver. The new research centre will focus on computer vision, a subfield of machine learning that trains computers to see, process and understand the visual world. It is expected to open this fall.

April 27, 2018  By  SP&T Staff

Professor Greg Mori, director of computing science at Simon Fraser University and an expert in computer vision, will head research efforts at the lab as research director. He will be joined by University of British Columbia professor Leonid Sigal , who will serve as academic advisor.

“Applications of computer vision are new to the financial services industry. We’re eager to apply this technology to tackle previously unsolvable problems that will benefit Canadian communities,” said Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer of RBC and Head, Borealis AI. “Prof. Mori and Prof. Sigal are global leaders in the field of computer vision both in industry and academia, and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”

Prof. Mori’s research includes semantic segmentation, a series of machine learning techniques that seek to label every object in a natural image down to the pixel level. This degree of granularity allows us to understand the world at a fine level of detail and create applications that can benefit environmental, agricultural and humanitarian initiatives.

Prof. Sigal’s research focuses on problems of visual understanding and reasoning.


“Borealis AI is a young, vibrant research organization with exceptional technical talent and a unique mandate for balanced curiosity — driven and applied AI research; it’s at the forefront of the Canadian AI ecosystem,” said Prof. Sigal. “I’m excited for collaborative research opportunities building on common scientific interests, which through RBC, will have the ability to create a positive and tangible impact on people and their everyday lives.”

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