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Welcome to CAIAC!

CAIAC is the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association.

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Formerly known as the Canadian Society for the Computational Studies of Intelligence (or Société canadienne pour l'étude de l'intelligence par ordinateur), CAIAC's mission is to foster excellence and leadership in research, development and education in Canada's artificial intelligence community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through various media and venues. CAIAC is the official arm of the AAAI in Canada. We are proud to note that Dr. Alan Mackworth, former President of the AAAI, was a founding member of our society.

Membership

A yearly membership of $30 buys you a significant saving on registration for the annual AI/GI/CRV/IS conference and access to valuable information at this web site such as: Competition Dates and Links, Research Groups and Projects, Recent Doctoral / Masters Theses, Projects looking for Students, Students looking for Projects, Funding Sources, Scholarships and Awards, and Job Opportunities.

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Recent articles

Ehsan Sherkat is the Inaugural Winner of the Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship

Ehsan Sherkat was born and grew up in the historical city of Isfahan, Iran. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer software engineering from University of Isfahan and University of Tehran, respectively. Ehsan started his PhD degree in the faculty of computer science at Dalhousie University in  2015. His research area is at the intersection of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Interactive Visualization, aiming to make the algorithmic results of mining large text corpora accessible to experts in the application domain, such as medicine and law.

The Humanity of Nick Cercone (1946-2015)

By Sam Scully.

Over a career spanning four decades, Nick Cercone made many significant contributions to several fields, including artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge representation, and computational linguistics. His achievements and his service to the computer science community were recognized by lifetime achievement awards from both the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association/Association pour l’intelligence artificielle (CAIAC) and the Canadian Association of Computer Science/Association informatique canadienne (CS-Can-Info-Can) in 2015.
The purpose of this short piece, however, is not to praise his academic and research achievements; it is, rather, to try to capture the essence of the man, which, I suggest, can be summed up in his humanity

Inaugural Award of the IEEE Canadian Foundation Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science

Professor Nick Cercone made significant contributions to several fields, including artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge representation, and computational linguistics.  He was generous and unselfish, a man of great humanity, and an inspiring and caring mentor: he had a deep passion for nurturing research talent. He was a CAIAC Fellow, having been awarded both a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Distinguished Service Award by the Association.

2018 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards - Call for nomination

CAIAC would like to invite you to nominate candidates for one of CAIAC’s two most prestigious awards: 

  • the CAIAC Distinguished Service Award, and 
  • the CAIAC Lifetime Achievement Award

Please see here for more details on the nomination process.