The Canadian Undergraduate Conference on AI
Artificial intelligence, real change.
March 6 - 7, 2021 | Online Experience
Dive into the world of artificial intelligence.
Designed to connect passionate and talented undergraduate students with industry trailblazers, the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Artificial Intelligence (CUCAI) is a national-scale conference aimed to inspire the future leaders of AI.
Theme Reveal: AI For Good.
As an event geared towards future leaders in this field, we are thrilled to announce that our theme for this year will be AI For Good: Artificial Intelligence, Real Change! From advancing medical research to protecting the environment and aiding in natural disaster recovery, the ways in which AI can make the world a better place continue to grow. 50% of ticket revenue this year will go toward AI for Good charities.
Reasons to attend the conference this year.
Speaker presentations from leaders in academia and industry have been a cornerstone of CUCAI since its inaugural year. These components of the conference empower delegates to learn from the ideas, experiences and knowledge of these professionals as they discuss a variety of fascinating AI topics.
Project Director, Office of the CEO
VP of AI Engineering
Lead Artificial Intelligence Advocate
CEO & Founder
AVO - Autonomous Vehicle Organization
Director of Engineering
Exciting events throughout the conference designed to show undergraduate students the present and future of AI in industry. New to CUCAI 2021, we hosted our Taster Event on January 30th, 2021, to connect students to our exclusive recruitment pipeline prior to the March conference.
Workshops are an incredibly engaging facet of CUCAI intended to bring an element of concreteness to the topic of artificial intelligence. These events allow industry partners to showcase their firm’s technology while providing an opportunity for interactive experience with modern AI and data science tools for delegates.
Come see promising early-stage student startups compete for a $10,000 prize pool! All the student ventures competing in the event leverage the power of AI to bring new and exciting business solutions to reality.
All attendees will receive $40 toward complimentary meals for both conference days via Uber Eats. Enjoy your own choice of lunch and dinner on us while you experience everything the conference has to offer, from the comfort of your home!
The design team showcase was the foundation on which CUCAI was started. This event features in-depth presentations for audiences of all levels of experience and backgrounds, as well as engaging and interactive demonstrations shifted to an online format for 30+ design teams from across Canada.
Past Events & Highlights
World renowned researcher Geoffrey Hinton, winner of the 2018 ACM A. M. Turing Award (jointly with Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun), discussed his most recent research efforts and gave advice to aspiring students. In a technical presentation, Dr. Hinton described his work on model distillation, a process by which the knowledge contained within larger, more complex ensembles of models can be transferred to those which are smaller and require less computation. Dr. Hinton showed that by softening the large models’ outputs, a great deal of information can be extracted from its mistakes.
Women in AI
Tania De Gasperis from Over Under Inside Out, Jenny Lemieux from Torstar, and Dr. Amy Wu from Queen’s University discussed using AI as a tool for change. The panel was moderated by our very own, Sam Dunn, a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student and QMIND’s Director of Marketing. The panel discussion revolved around the changing industries of journalism, start ups, and biomechanics, in addition to why these women were driven to pursue careers in STEM despite the societal barriers that they encounter each and every day.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How much do tickets cost?
Tickets cost $10 for ALL delegates. Of this price, half of it will be donated to our selected charity for this year, the AI for Good Foundation.
When is the conference taking place?
CUCAI 2021 is taking place on the weekend of March 6th and 7th. Conference events will run from from 9:00 am to 4:10 pm on Saturday, March 6th, and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on Sunday, March 7th.
Where is the conference taking place?
This year, we will be hosting CUCAI via Hopin, an online events platform, that will enable us to deliver a meaningful and engaging conference, while respecting COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings.
What is included with a ticket?
The purchase of a conference ticket includes access to all conference events on March 6th and 7th, as well as $40 in complimentary meals distributed via Uber Eats.
When do conference applications close?
Conference applications close at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, February 25th.
How selective is the application process?
The application process this year is decided to be as inclusive as possible, in keeping with our mission to increase the accessibility of AI education at an undergraduate level. All applications that show a genuine effort and sincere passion for learning about AI will be accepted.