StartAI Conference 2018

Start: Nov 03, 2018 9:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

The Undergraduate Artificial Intelligence Group at the University of Toronto is proud to present StartAI, a first of its kind conference geared towards undergraduate students passionate about artificial intelligence.

StartAI is a packed full day conference running on November 3rd, 2018, featuring high-profile speakers from industry, academia, government, and NGOs. Topics will range from current research being done to the opportunities available to those getting started out in the field. It will also showcase some of the best and brightest undergraduates undertaking research in AI.

In addition, you will not want to miss the keynote by University of Toronto's Geoffrey Hinton, University Professor Emeritus known as the ‘Godfather of AI/Deep Learning’. Dr. Hinton has trained leading AI researchers who are now leading fulfilling careers at Google Brain, Facebook, Microsoft, OpenAI, Apple, CIBC, and many more of the highest caliber companies in the field.

StartAI will be held at the MaRS Discovery District, Toronto’s largest technology park, and one of the world’s leading hubs for research and commercialization in AI. This will provide attendees with the opportunity to fully experience the environments in which breakthrough and breakthrough are being made.

In between sessions, attendees are invited to visit our sponsor booths to learn about opportunities and gain an advantage with their early career prospects. This year’s sponsors include Google, Vector Institute, TD Bank, NextAI, CIFAR, and many more.

Preliminary Event Schedule:

8:00am - 9:00am Doors open and registration

9:00am - 9:15am Opening remarks by Ben-Zion Benkhin (President, UAIG)

9:15am - 10:00am Keynote speaker, Professor Geoffrey Hinton (Google, UofT, Vector)

10:00am - 11:00am Panel #1, AI Hype vs. Reality


Professor Geoffrey Hinton (Google, UofT, Vector)

Tomi Poutanen (Layer 6, Vector)

Nick Frosst (Google)

Jimoh Ovbiagele (ROSS Intelligence)

Stephen Piron (Dessa)

11:00am - 11:15am Coffee Break, Sponsor Booths Open

11:15am - 12:15pm Presentation Block 1

Nick Frosst (Google)

Samin Khan & Hamayal Chowdhury (smartARM)

TBD (NextAI)

12:15pm - 1:30pm Lunch / Networking / Boothing

1:30pm - 2:30pm Presentation Block 2

Colin Chartier (Parsehub)

Ivan Zhang (For.AI)

Daniel Mogilny (Creative Destruction Lab)

2:30pm - 3:30pm Panel #2, Careers in AI


Elissa Strome (CIFAR)

Andrew Brown (CIBC)

TBD (Venture for Canada)

TBD (Correlation One)

3:30pm - 3:45pm Coffee Break

3:45pm - 4:30pm Presentation Block 3

Ilia Sucholutsky (Waterloo)

Siraj Raval (unconfirmed)


4:30pm - 5:00pm Concluding Remarks and Closing by Ben-Zion Benkhin(President, UAIG)

Register here

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101 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7


MaRS Discovery District