The Government of Alberta is supporting research at the University of Alberta that will promote innovation in the energy, health and transportation sectors.

The University of Alberta is receiving almost $6.3 million, which will help fund leading-edge research in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), health science, seniors care, and uses of advanced laser technology.

The funding will be distributed as follows:

  • $4.5 million of the province’s Major Innovation Fund will support AI research at the university’s Centre for Autonomous Systems in automated transportation, medical robots and manufacturing.
  • $1.8 million will support strategic investments, including through the province’s Research Capacity Program. The funds will be used to develop a world-class facility that studies the use of lasers in potential treatments for skin diseases and cancer, and in remote sensing solutions for the oilsands. The university will also use the funding to support research on the role carbohydrates may play in diseases and allow for the creation of a data portal for research, care and innovation related to seniors.

“Alberta is one of the top research destinations for artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. “That’s why we are making a strategic investment in projects like the Centre for Autonomous Systems. This research has huge commercial applications here in Alberta for jobs today and tomorrow.”

The Major Innovation Fund supports research and innovation investments to attract and retain top talent to Alberta and support industries and local businesses.

The Research Capacity Program helps Alberta’s post-secondary institutions get the small equipment and large research infrastructure they need to attract, retain and develop researchers in the province.

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Featured image: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at the University of Alberta.

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