Lambton College at the Forefront of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied Research
SARNIA, November 23, 2017 – Educational institutions stand to be the best solution for developing the infrastructure needed to support the emerging industry of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). As these new technologies emerge as a mandatory component of nearly all improvements made to business processes, products and services, Lambton College is positioned to meet the demand for qualified experts trained to adopt the challenges of this rapidly expanding industry.
AI is the theory and development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence. Tasks such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and transition between languages are among the most common functions these systems perform.
ML is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building, essentially allowing computers to learn without being explicitly programmed.
As a leader in applied research and innovation, Lambton College is one of the only colleges in the country currently developing projects in the areas of AI and ML. With several active and successful completed projects underway, the College is positioned to increase this number and attract more industry partners in this area.
“We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to expand our area of research to include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the last few years,” says Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Executive Dean, Applied Research & Innovation, Lambton College. “As demand for AI and ML grows, so will the demand for applied projects and highly qualified industry experts trained to work with this technology. It is vital we continue to develop collaborative research projects in these areas to stay at the forefront of applied research and ensure our students are continuously exposed to emerging industries.”
A current example of one of these projects taking place at Lambton College is a collaboration with INTEGRA Technologies, a leak detection, correction and prevention company specializing in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation facilities in North America. The project will result in the development of a novel and complex Flangetrak® Plant Integrity ERP software that will bridge plant construction and maintenance activities delivering certainty of outcome. The AI algorithms will be included as part of the analytics module for advance data analysis, predictive data management and reporting. The algorithms are designed to automate data entry, develop prediction models for leak detection, and provide predictive features for the company’s reporting systems. The development of the Flangetrak® Plant Integrity ERP software will be beneficial in improving the safety and reliability of critical energy infrastructure. In the Long-term, this research will be of great value to similar plants in the Sarnia-Lambton region.
A second project currently underway involves a partnership with AdWiser.net Inc. The project, entitled, Wonder.pics, focuses on developing an innovative algorithm to choose a statistically significant picture from a large number of picture-candidates without a disproportional increase of views. The goal of the project is to help online businesses choose the most effective image available in order to create the most efficient conversion points (landing pages, display ads, product pages, promo widgets, video previews, etc.).
Lambton College has also partnered with ClearcableTM, a specialized telecommunications technical consulting firm who launched a Canadian Content Distribution Network (CDN) for broadcast TV channels. The new CDN business labeled “Clearcable Streams” is attempting to evolve online streaming applications for Canadian service providers. Currently, the new CDN business labeled “Clearcable Streams” is attempting to evolve online streaming applications for Canadian service providers. Clearcable and Lambton College are working to establish a reliable process, methodology and algorithm to be directly integrated into Clearcable’s existing product to measure, assess, and optimize the quality of the video streamed automatically. The new technology will be directly integrated into Clearcable’s existing product offering as an augmentation/improvement of the technology.
Psychology Health Solutions (PHS) a multicultural group practice who provide psychological services, has collaborated with Lambton to develop “PainTracker” technology that provides patients the ability to record their experiences of pain with details such as location, severity rating, duration and description. The College will develop software, a web portal, and a mobile app that will enable patients to record daily functions such as medication intake, food intake, activity level, and emotional state.This data will be fed into an algorithm to provide proactive tasks and recommendations to both the patient and care giver. PHS will use this technology and the data it collects to better assist their patients.
These projects are just a sample of the collaborative AI and ML focused projects currently in progress at Lambton College. Funding for AI and ML projects is supported through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
With the growing demand for AI and ML, Lambton College is looking to partner with companies to develop additional AI and ML focused projects.
To learn more about Lambton College’s Applied Research & Innovation department and current AI and ML projects, go to lambtoncollege.ca/research.
For more information about participating in a collaborative AI applied research project, please contact the Applied Research & Innovation department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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