Artificial Intelligence for Design Challenge program


The Artificial Intelligence for Design (AI for Design) Challenge program develops and provides AI technologies and capabilities to accelerate discovery, R&D, and innovation processes.

With its collaborators, the AI for Design Challenge program advances algorithms, methods and datasets to assist engineers, researchers and scientists with design and scientific discovery.

These technologies will be applied to discoveries in health, materials for clean fuels, and high-throughput and secure networks.

Artificial Intelligence for Design Challenge program (Transcript)

About the Program

Areas of focus

AI-assisted design of photonic components

This master project explores AI-based design optimization that will have a significant impact on the outcome of the design process and the time it takes to reach the target design in high-dimensional photonics design problems.

AI for design of biological systems

This master project focusses on AI-based biological therapy design for increased safety, efficacy and specificity with reduced cost and side effects.

Deep material science

This master project focusses on AI algorithms and methods that enable material scientists to find better materials.

Core AI for design

This master project's research efforts focusses on AI methods for increasing the speed of simulations, improving the search of a design space and making explainable models that better align with real-world observation across a very broad set of domains and which are useable by non-AI experts.

Getting involved

We invite collaborators at Canadian and international universities, colleges, centres of excellence, not-for-profit organizations, governmental research organizations, and highly innovative firms with an interest in applying AI to scientific discovery and development to express their interest in collaborating with the program.

Contribution funding is available to help defray the costs of research for academic institutions, small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other eligible recipients collaborating with the NRC.

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Contact us

If you are interested in collaborating with us, making investments in this area, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Kevin Thomson
Program Leader, AI for Design Challenge Program
Telephone: 613-991-0868

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