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How the University of Guelph Has Become a Leader in Ethical AI

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Kevin Matsui

Kevin Matsui

Managing Director, CARE-AI

CARE-AI at the University of Guelph is leading the way in research, education, and training related to the ethical use of AI.


As the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to make its mark on a range of fields — from health, environmental sciences, and agriculture to banking, manufacturing, the bio-economy, and beyond — it’s increasingly important that individuals and businesses understand how to use AI ethically and responsibly. Ethical AI challenges include everything from privacy to plagiarism in AI-generated content.

The Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI) at the University of Guelph is working to advance AI training and ethical AI research and practices. It integrates ethics, governance, and social responsibility with technical leadership, expanding the University of Guelph’s research community’s expertise and fostering a network of over 100 on-campus researchers and scholars.

Leading the way

“CARE-AI is built on three pillars: AI methodologies (what can you do with AI in the future), AI applications (what you can do with AI now), and AI ethics and responsibility (what you should do with AI),” says Kevin Matsui, Managing Director of CARE-AI.

CARE-AI is connected to several of the University of Guelph’s academic programs, including the Master of Data Science and a Collaborative Specialization in AI — a thesis-based master’s program. “It lets students develop domain expertise in a field like biomedical engineering or computer science while also adding a specialization in AI and machine learning,” explains Matsui.

In 2023, CARE-AI will launch a new training program in ethical AI, funded by TD Bank Group. Named Care About AI, the program will offer AI training modules for in-career professionals and entrepreneurs.

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