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Dawson AI Expo is April 5

March 27th, 2024

Join us at Dawson College for a student-centred expo on Friday, April 5 showcasing innovative AI and data storytelling projects.

D.AI Expo ’24 will feature presentations from Dawson students and faculty, alongside contributions from our partner organizations AI Launch Lab and Mitacs. It is a unique opportunity to explore a spectrum of AI topics undertaken by students in and out of the classroom and to expose how AI can be integrated into education.

Visit the link for more information and the schedule of the day.

Data Challenge weekend a success

March 27th, 2024

The Dawson AI Data Journalism Challenge over the weekend of March 23-24 went really well, reports Siddhika Bhandari, Coordinator of Dawson AI.

The group photo captures the energy and enthusiasm of the participants, mentors and jury members.

For more information about the theme of the challenge and project submissions, as well the winners (coming soon), please visit the link.

Sixth Dawson cohort begins AI Launch Lab/Dawson AI series Feb. 10

February 8th, 2024

AI Launch Lab and Dawson AI are offering a sixth series of workshops on artificial intelligence beginning Feb. 10.

Registration is open to all college students for a free eight-week online course on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 10.

Two students who were in previous workshop series shared their thoughts on the experience, uniquely available through this initiative. Visit the link to go the homepage news story.

12th Annual SALTISE Conference on June 12 & 13

May 3rd, 2023

The Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) conference is dedicated to helping faculty discover evidence-based pedagogy that uses educational technology with the goal of leading to improved learning.

Each year it hosts national and international scholars and provides opportunities for local experts to share best practices in the exciting world of active learning pedagogy and the use of technology via its annual conference.

Educators as Designers: A Practice-Research Conversation is the umbrella under which the 2023 SALTISE Conference is operating. This year the conference will happen on June 12 and 13, 2023 at Concordia University. The conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts in their fields at talks, workshops and networking events.

Giving you a peek into what to expect, SALTISE has announced its keynote speakers and they are not to be missed! First is Diana Laurillard, who is a Professor of Learning with Digital Technology at the University College London in the U.K. Her keynote will be "Educators Collaborating to Innovate: The Roles Digital Technologies Can Play." Second, is Kelly Miller who will deliver a keynote entitled "Overcoming Challenges in Active Learning Environments." Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics at Harvard University.

Hosting and running the conference is a significant task that requires the support of many volunteers. You can volunteer for a few hours, and tasks may include registering attendees, directing the flow of people, preparing rooms, serving alcohol (for volunteers 18+), and cleaning up. Sign up to be a volunteer now.

Visit the link below for details and registration.

Students respond to Data Journalism Challenge

April 5th, 2023

All students were invited to participate in a Data Journalism Challenge March 25-26. The objective was to introduce students to the broad field of Data Journalism, wherein large datasets from various sources are compiled into a visual aid at the centre of a story meant to inform the general public.  Inspired by the work of Our World in Data, students were provided publicly available C02 emissions data for Canada and ideas for exploring other climate-themed data sets to create their own data journalism project.

The attendance was better than expected with about 80 students attending a Saturday morning workshop session run by Sameer Bhatnagar and Vanessa Gordon and 45 students completed the challenge during the weekend. Mentors and judges volunteered their time to support this event and expressed excitement about doing it again.

Google Brain team lead was keynote at DawsCon 2023

April 5th, 2023

DawsCon was a one-day conference March 24 on a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence hosted by Dawson AI and the Computer Science Department at Dawson. Dawson’s reception room in 5B.16 was packed with students for keynote speaker Hugo Larochelle, Montreal Team Lead at Google Brain. Hugo is also a member of Yoshua Bengio's Mila and an Adjunct Professor at the Université de Montréal. His talk about the Deep Learning revolution in AI gave the audience an overview of the development of AI from the early 2000s to today, including some of the major developments that occurred in Canada.

ChatGPT and student intern talks featured at DawsCon

April 5th, 2023

Students were given the opportunity to push ChatGPT to its limits in an AI jailbreak competition on March 24 and ChatGPT was also the focus of a popular workshop led by Robert Stephens Notably, DawsCon was designed to be a truly student-centered event with more than 30 students presenting work in progress on projects related to a wide range of AI topics in conjunction with internships being undertaken with the Applied AI Institute. Next year, organizers DawsonAI and the Computer Science Department plan even more student presentations for what is hoped will be an annual event.

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DawsCon, A.I. workshops and Data Journalism challenge this weekend

March 22nd, 2023

On Friday, March 24, Dawson College will be hosting a free conference for educators and industry, and a subsequent weekend Data Journalism Challenge (March 25-26) aimed at students of any background. Attendees will be exposed to a wide range of AI topics from challenges of ChatGPT in education to ethics and bias to data manipulation and machine learning,…

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Dawson AI guiding College through challenges of Chat GPT

March 22nd, 2023

At this point, you’ve surely heard of ChatGPT, the A.I. text generation system developed by OpenAI. Perhaps you are even a little sick of hearing about it already! For better or worse, ChatGPT and its soon to be released, much more powerful cousin GPT-4, will have dramatic consequences for higher education. Members of the Dawson…

Rob Stephens on ChatGPT opportunities and challenges

January 25th, 2023

On Jan. 20, CTV Montreal News interviewed Humanities faculty member and Dawson AI executive member Rob Stephens about ChatGPT, which is making waves in the classroom. The week before Rob had given a talk at Intercollegiate Ped Days on the same topic.

CTV news report: 

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Last Modified: March 27, 2024


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