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Simon Fraser University | Artificial Intelligence

Key facilities

Natural Language Lab is active in areas of Information extraction, Machine translation, Summarization, and Statistical parsing.

Computational Vision Lab conducts research on machine vision and image processing, with emphasis on computational models for color vision.

Autonomy Lab builds life-like machines and aims to increase the autonomy of robots.

iVizLab is an expression based intelligent visuals and visualization lab.

Vision and Media Lab conducts research on computer vision and multimedia by examining topics such as human activity recognition.

Major collaborations

Changing the Game: Novel Computer Vision Algorithms for Automated Sport Analytics is an NSERC funded project that aims to advance the rapidly growing sports analytics industry, both for professional and amateur sports, and contribute to progress in human activity understanding from video.

Structured Models for Human Activity Recognition utilizes powerful machine learning algorithms, and access to large quantities of data to enhance computer vision and recognition technologies.

Intelligent computing – a platform for real-time facility analytics In collaboration with York University’s Big Data Research, Analytics,and Information Network (BRAIN) and Fuseforward Solutions Group, this project advances Large-Scale Data Analytics and Cloud Computing to advance artificial intelligence.


  • Dr. Fred Popowich, Professor of Computing Science, Executive Director of KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative. Research focuses on how computers can be used to process human language.
  • Dr. Richard Vaughan, Associate Professor of Computing Science. Research focuses on autonomous robots and human-robot interaction.
  • Dr. Eugenia Ternovska, Associate Professor of Computational Logic. Research focuses on logic-based artificial intelligence.
  • Dr. Steve DiPaola, Professor of Interactive Arts and Technology (IAT). Research focuses on cognitive, character and expression based artificial intelligence, interaction and computer graphics.
  • Dr. Marek Hatala, Professor of IAT. Research focuses on learning analytics and the improvement of learning outcomes in the online learning environments.
  • Dr. Philippe Pasquier, Associate Professor of IAT. Research focuses on artistic applications of endowing machines with autonomous behaviours.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

-SFU’s Work Integrated Learning program offers
co-operative education, and career planning and building opportunities through workshops and advising in 75 programs spread across 8 faculties.

-Through its schools of Computing Science and Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU offers a breadth of graduate training opportunities in Artificial Intelligence such as the Professional Master’s Program in Big Data.

-SFU offers a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization, geared towards providing science and engineering students with the frameworks, perspective, and techniques to make their inventions a commercial success.


Traction Sales and Marketing Inc

Fuseforward Solutions Group

Elrois Inc

Disney Worldwide Services Inc
MetaOptima Technology Inc

Pantoscope Media Inc


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