• 18 February 2020
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Unravelling the mystery of the algorithm: Audrey Durand presents a few AI notions to the participants of the RIDEAU Forum

On February 17, at the Québec City Convention Center, our researcher Audrey Durand led a workshop during the RIDEAU Forum. This event is organized on the sidelines of a conference of the same name, which annually attracts hundreds of performing arts professionals. Producers, presenters and agents come to discover promising artists and discuss issues affecting the cultural industry.

 “With the rise of artificial intelligence, we are surrounded by more and more algorithms. We have come to a point where everyone has an interest in understanding how they work.” This is the opinion of Audrey Durand, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Université Laval. Holder of a CIFAR chair in artificial intelligence, she is a member of the IID and affiliate researcher at Mila, the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence.

Prof. Durand’s lecture provided the audience with an understanding of the basics of algorithm development.

Recommendation algorithms were discussed in particular. E-commerce sites use this strategy to present users with product suggestions that may be of interest to them. Video and music streaming services and social networks also use this extensively. “This technology will definitely be deployed further,” predicts Audrey Durand. “In fact, companies such as Netflix, Spotify, Google and Amazon invest heavily in research to improve their content recommendation.”

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