Artificial intelligence has allowed us to realize previously unimaginable processes in designing and making. At the Autodesk Toronto Technology Center, our research centers around exploring the use of AI and how it can apply in real world scenarios, make processes more efficient for our customers and shape the future of designing and making things. The Toronto Technology Center plays a vital role in helping foster the rapidly expanding Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in the city. In March, we hosted a number of high profile events in our space, from Autodesk-own engagements to events with our industry partners, such as the Vector Institute, Brookfield Institute, and Design Strategists.
Here is a recap of all AI-related events at Autodesk Toronto Technology Center in March.
Human + AI = Future of Design + Learn, Tues, March 20
A collaboration between Toronto tech center and Autodesk Research, this inaugural launch of Autodesk Research’s newly formed AI Lab was to showcase the numerous exciting projects in research and also an opportunity for our innovation community to hear from Mike Haley, Senior Director of Machine Intelligence at Autodesk. Mike also had a chance to network with talented individuals from the field of AI research and Machine Learning in Toronto who were interested in learning more about AI at Autodesk. It was a sold-out event featuring expert speakers from Autodesk, ModiFace AR (which recently got acquired by cosmetics giant L’Oreal) and Vector Institute, one of Canada’s top AI research think tanks.
Vector Institute Pitch Day Weds, March 21
We welcomed back the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence by hosting the organization’s Pitch Day on March 21st. The event was aimed at building a stronger AI ecosystem in Canada by providing AI start-ups a gateway to the established AI-interested companies in the city and an opportunity for the groups to network.
AI + Public Policy: Understanding the Shift Fri, March 23
This event was a collaboration between Autodesk Toronto and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The full-day seminar brought together AI experts and senior government leaders to discuss and understand the challenges and implications of AI and to help establish a policy agenda for this rapidly advancing technology.
Design Strategists: The Exchange – Automotive + AI Tues, March 27
Autodesk Toronto sponsored the latest Design Strategists meet up. The event opened up some lively discussions on how the automotive industry will deal with the evolving in-car experience with the rise of AI. Notable speakers for the curated panel included managers from Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and an autonomous engineering manager from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group.
There are more AI-focused engagements in the works for the Toronto Technology Center in the near future, so stayed tuned.