Borealis AI is proud to announce this year’s Borealis AI Fellowship recipients. With the support and guidance of Canada’s top researchers and AI institutes, the Borealis AI Fellowships encourage emerging AI and Machine Learning talent at Canadian universities to advance the field to the benefit of humankind.

Canada continues to stand tall as a global AI leader. According to the Tortoise Intelligence Global AI Index, Canada ranks fourth in terms of AI talent globally. Initiatives like the Borealis AI Fellowship aim to help attract new AI talent to Canadian research institutes and – more importantly – keep AI talent in Canada.

“There is a global competition for AI talent underway. Given the critical and growing role that AI and Machine Learning play in our societies and our economies, it is vital that Canada continue to attract and retain the world’s best AI and ML research talent. Borealis AI is proud to provide opportunities for talent to develop and thrive in the Canadian AI ecosystem,” noted Dr. Foteini Agrafioti, Head of Borealis AI.

The 2022 Borealis AI Fellowships have been awarded to talented researchers from various Canadian universities and provinces. Supported by leading Canadian faculty, including Dr. Doina Precup at McGill University, Dr. Aaron Courville and Dr. Yoshua Bengio at University of Montreal, Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Raquel Urtasun at the University of Toronto, these ten Borealis AI Fellows will focus on a range of research areas that include safe Reinforcement Learning and clinical user-centered explainable AI for medical image analysis.

“It’s great to see Borealis AI supporting the next generation of AI researchers. I’m looking forward to working alongside new talent as they bring a fresh perspective to the industry. Congratulations to this year’s Fellowship honorees.” said Dr. Raquel Urtasun, Founder & CEO at Waabi, Professor at University of Toronto and Faculty Advisor for two Borealis AI Fellows,” said Dr. Raquel Urtasun, Founder & CEO at Waabi, Professor at University of Toronto/Vector Institute and Faculty Advisor for two Borealis AI Fellows.

The Borealis AI 2022 Fellowships have been awarded to:

Faculty: Dr. Doina Precup and Dr. Jakob Foerster

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Andrei Lupu

Research topic: Collaborative multi-agent reinforcement learning and human-AI coordination

Faculty: Dr. Doina Precup and Dr. Pierre-Luc Bacon

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Arushi Jain

Research topic: Safe Reinforcement Learning

Faculty: Dr. Aaron Courville and Dr. Yoshua Bengio

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Dinghuai Zhang

Research topic: Probabilistic inference, exploration with structure and distribution shift

Faculty: Dr. Aaron Courville and Dr. Marc Bellemare

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Max Schwarzer

Research topic: Data-Efficient Reinforcement Learning

Faculty: Dr. Gauthier Gidel

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Andjela Mladenovic

Research topic: Rethinking Online Algorithms in the Age of Machine Learning

Faculty: Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh and Dr. Xiaoxiao Li

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Weina Jin

Research topic: Clinical user-centered explainable AI for medical image analysis

Faculty: Dr. Raquel Urtasun

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Sergio Casas Romero

Research topic: End-to-end interpretable navigation for autonomous agents

Faculty: Dr. Raquel Urtasun

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Yuwen Xiong

Research topic: Practical scene understanding in the wild

Faculty: Dr. Amir-Massoud Farahmand

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Amin Rakhsha

Research topic: Reinforcement Learning

Faculty: Dr. Jimmy Ba and Dr. Murat A. Erdogdu

Borealis AI 2022 Fellow: Yi (Denny) Wu

Research topic: Deep learning theory, high-dimensional statistics

“At Borealis AI, we understand that Canada’s AI and ML research ecosystem depends on a strong pipeline of incredible talent. The Borealis AI Fellowships – alongside Borealis AI programs like Let’s Solve it, the Borealis AI Internships and other Borealis AI student programs – are part of our ongoing commitment to grow and develop Canada’s thriving AI and ML ecosystems,” added Dr. Eirene Seiradaki, Director of Research Partnerships at Borealis AI.