Artificial intelligence researchers from ÉTS shine at SÉRI Montréal

The ÉTS showcases were related to smart living, connected objects, medical imaging, machine learning and visual recognition.

December 15, 2017
The fifth edition of SÉRI Montréal, a networking initiative organized by Ville de Montréal and its partners that focuses on innovation and technology, was held at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) on October 17.

The theme for the event was “Intelligence: (r)evolution”. The cream of the research and industry crop in the fields of artificial intelligence, business intelligence and neurosciences gathered together, and ÉTS was well represented by its own professors/researchers.

Evening sessions at SÉRI constitute high-level networking activities that are held at various times: networking among participants, brief conferences, visits to booths housing technology showcases and planned business meetings. The evening of October 17 was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to forge valuable ties, target potential strategic partnerships and stimulate the emergence of new projects, leading to fruitful interactions that will act as launching pads for future collaborations.

ÉTS technology showcases

The three ÉTS technology showcases drew a great deal of attention throughout the evening. Researchers, businesspeople, municipal representatives and other interested individuals took part in thought-provoking exchanges concerning a variety of perspectives related to artificial intelligence. The conversations centred on smart living, connected objects, medical imaging, machine learning and visual recognition.

Professors Mohamed Cheriet and Kim Khoa Nguyen represented the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living (LabVI). Created in 2016 by Vidéotron, in collaboration with Ericsson, ÉTS and Montréal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI), LabVI is the first of its kind in Canada. It allows for on-the-ground, real-world testing of new technologies designed to improve and simplify the daily lives of Quebecers. LabVI’s activities revolve around three pillars: connectivity, sensors and detectors, and data and analysis. Current projects include smart residences for students and data transmission by LED light. The web portal was recently launched with a view to encouraging citizens, the university community and entrepreneurs to submit projects in keeping with this digital revolution.

Professors Éric Granger and Marco Pedersoli, who represented the Laboratory for Imagery, Vision and Artificial Intelligence (LIVIA), hosted a technology showcase entitled “Machine learning for visual recognition”. The objective of their research is to develop new techniques in the areas of machine learning and computer vision, aimed at modelling and recognizing visual objects based on weakly annotated video data. This work is expected to lead to the development to two key applications. First, in terms of video surveillance, it will allow for the detection, pursuit and recognition of individuals, faces or vehicles. In the health care field, the detection of stress, pain or depression will be made possible by recognizing an individual’s facial or vocal expressions.

Professors Christian Desrosiers, Matthew Toews, Hervé Lombaert and Ismail Ben Ayed, who also represented LIVIA, hosted a technology showcase entitled “Intelligence artificielle et santé : apprentissage automatisé pour l’analyse d’images médicales” (Artificial intelligence and health: Automated learning for the analysis of medical images). Their work highlights the possibilities that artificial intelligence offers for significant advances in medical imaging, such as automated segmentation of anatomical regions, computer-assisted diagnosis or surgical planning. This extensive project is expected to lead to more efficient detection of illnesses, personalized and adapted treatments and a reduction in the time required for the collection and annotation of data, all of which will result in significant time and cost savings, as well as enhanced accuracy.
Record turnout for SÉRI Montréal

By the end of this fifth edition, the SÉRI team had registered 350 participants, a record for the event. Approximately fifteen sectors of activity related to intelligence were represented, and research projects and activities were spotlighted in 23 technology showcases. The crowning touch: hundreds of business meetings were held with a view to developing strategic links between researchers and industry.

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