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You & AI: preparing for the future

On July 27, 2019, PTC Ottawa welcome 145 high school and middle school students to our first-ever conference on #ArtificialIntelligence.


Keynote I

The one-day conference started off strong with a keynote delivered by Mindbrige AI. The panel-styled session was facilitated by Roy Sarkar, Senior Content Manager and featured Eli Fathi, CEO and the 2018 AI Leader of Year, and Robin Grosset, CTO with over 20 years of experience in business analytics.

About Mindbridge AI

"At MindBridge Ai we are about changing the world, making it a better place by building revolutionary new solutions to analyze financial data. Each year vast sums of money are lost to the economy worldwide due to unintentional errors and intentional misstatements in financial data. At MindBridge Ai we intend to restore confidence in financial data with our ground-breaking Ai Auditor platform. Our platform is the world’s first and only AI powered auditing solution that leverages advanced machine learning and AI techniques to augment human capacity and cope with the enormous amounts of financial data that exist within organizations."


Enchanted By my Digital Twins

Our second keynote featured Distinguished Professor El Saddik who shared some deep insight on the AI in Digital Twin Technology.

What is a digital twin?

"A digital twin is a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity" - Dr. El Saddik

More about Dr. A. E. Saddik

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik is a Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. His research focus is on the establishment of Digital Twins to facilitates the well-being of citizens using AI, AR/VR and Tactile Internet, hence allowing people to interact in real-time with one another as well as with their digital representation. Keep up with his latest work through his Instagram!



Our morning session wrapped up with a Q&A session featuring our four panelists:


Eli Fathi is CEO at MindBridge Ai, developer of the world’s first auditing tool based upon artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies – Ai Auditor – to uncover errors in financial data. Eli has been a technology entrepreneur for over 30 years, having founded or co-founded many successful technology companies. Eli was recognized as the 2018 AI Leader of the Year by the Digital Finance Institute and is a prolific speaker, including talks at the AICPA, Startup Canada Day on the Hill, and TEDx. Eli also gives back to the community by mentoring future business leaders and sitting on the boards of various non-profit organizations.

Professor Sonia Chiasson

Dr. Chiasson is the Canada Research Chair in Human Oriented Computer Security. She is the Deputy Scientific Director of SERENE-RISC, a cybersecurity Network of Centers of Excellence of Canada funded under the Knowledge Mobilization program. She was previously the project leader for Human Behaviour and Computer Security with ISSNet, NSERC’s Internetworked Security Systems Network. Dr. Chiasson received her master’s from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and then joined the university’s Department of Computer Science as a full-time instructor. She then came to Carleton University where she received her Ph.D. and subsequently became a faculty member at Carleton’s School of Computer Science in 2011.

Professor Abdel Rahman Abdou

Dr. Abdou is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science, Carleton University. He spent a year as a Senior Research Scientist at the System Security group, part of the Institut für Informationssicherheit, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Abdou received his Ph.D. (2015) in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University. His research was nominated to, and won, Best Paper and Distinguished Paper awards, and is often featured in hacker and technical blogs, scientific magazines and national newspapers. He is a committee member of the European Symposium on Security and Privacy.

William Wang

William is a summer intern working under Dr. Gregory Kopp, Associate Dean of Engineering at Western University. His current research involves using deep learning and neural networks to detect tree fall patterns on the Northern Tornadoes Project, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive tornado investigation. William’s distinctions in mathematics and computer programming have enabled him to take part in exclusive opportunities like representing Canada at the American Regions Mathematics League 2018 & 2019 and competing in the ECOO provincial coding championships. William strongly believes in the future potential of machine learning and automation and will be headed to Shopify’s Dev Degree in the fall of 2019.



Lunch was provided with the generous support of Little Caesars (Montreal Rd).



You & AI offered three workshops:

Beginner Workshop

This workshop led by Haolong Zhang, a master's student and teaching assistant at the University of Ottawa, focused on providing students with a basic introduction to modern coding concepts including data structures, algorithm design strategies, and an understanding of how they are used in the industry.

Intermediate Workshop

This intermediate-level workshop was designed for students with an existing understanding of basic coding concepts. Led by Simon Zeng, a second-year Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo, this two-hour long crash course on JAVA provided students with a solid understanding of the popular coding language.

Advance Workshop

Our advanced workshop, an introduction to Machine Learning delved into this hot topic in AI. This workshop was delivered by Matt Baillie, a data scientist and engineer at Shopify, one of the fastest-growing tech companies in Canada.


Career Development

Interviewing 101: how to interview

To wrap up the day, we had a 30-minute talk on "Interviewing 101" by Annie Zhang, an undergraduate student completing an internship at Ericsson Ottawa.


With that, our inaugural conference came to an end; thank you to everyone who came out!

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