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Montreal’s FREE Conference

For Students, Industry, and Educators

Featuring Student Talks & Weekend Data Storytelling Challenge 

DAWSCON at Dawson College | March 24-26

Dawson College will be hosting a free conference and weekend Data Journalism challenge in Montreal aimed at students and educators of any background.

Attendees will be exposed to a wide range of AI topics from ethics and bias to data manipulation and machine learning. Presentations will be given by Dawson students and faculty from the AI Teaching and Research Communities of Practice as well as partner organizations, external researchers and industry professionals.

Talks will take place on Friday, March 24 and the day will end with networking and the challenge kick off. The rest of the weekend will be devoted to workshops and the Data Journalism Challenge open to teams of college students.

The tentative schedule will be updated as presenters confirm their participation.

Students can register for the Data Journalism Challenge here.

DawsCon 2023 is proud to feature student lightning talk sessions. College students (current or graduated) are invited to present their work or interest.

Conference Schedule – Friday, March 24


8:00-8:30 [rm 5B.13 lounge area] Registration & Networking
8:30-8:45 [A1 rm 5B.16] Rotshennón:ni Two-Axe — Welcome
Joel Trudeau — DawsonAI: An Overview of AI Initiatives for Education
8:45-9:30 [A2, rm 5B.16]  Elham Kheradmand — AI For Social Good
9:30-10:15 [B1, rm 5B.16] Saba Hamedi & Patrick Downing — Cybersecurity, Quantum, and AI Applications in Finance
10:15-11:00 [C1, rm 5B.16] Ken Fogel — Java-Friendly Machine Learning with JSR381 VisRec [C2, rm 3F.43] SESSION CANCELLED Nick Gertler — Beyond the Questionnaire: An Algorithmic Impact Assessment for Education (interactive session)
11:00-11:45 [D1, rm 5B.16] Henri Tremblay — After Java 8: The cool stuff [D2, rm 3F.43] Reshem Khan — Societal Implications of AI and Emerging Technologies: Positioning for the Future
12:00-13:00 [rm 5B.13] LUNCH
13:00-14:15 [rm 5B.16] Keynote: Hugo Larochelle – Deep Learning – A Revolution in Artificial Intelligence
14:30-16:30 [E, rm 3F.38] DawsonAI AI Teaching CoP led by Robert Stephens  — ChatGPT Workshop and Roundtable Discussion
15:00-15:30 [F1, rm 3F.43]  Bessam Abdulrazak — From IoT to Applied AI for Well-being and Healthy Aging
15:30-16:00 [G1, rm 3F.43] Sourour Ben Cheikh & Bernard Duval — Mitacs Research Opportunities at the College Level
16:00-17:00 [H1, rm 3F.43] Applied AI Student Institute Internships: Updates
17:00-18:00 [rm 3F.43] Networking and Data Journalism Challenge Kickoff

Data Journalism Challenge – Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26

See schedule here Workshop preparation and judging information to be announced.



Photo of Ken Fogel



For more information, contact us at dawscon@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

Last Modified: March 29, 2023