Ali Etemad, an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mitchell Professor in AI for Human Sensing & Understanding, is among researchers that span three faculties at Queen’s (and eight faculties at York University) who will share $105.7 million in funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

Connected Minds: Neural and Machine Systems for a Healthy, Just Society will assess the potential risks and benefits of technology for humanity. The project is led by York University, which will receive $82.8 million in partnership with Queen’s, whose activities are being supported with $22.8 million of federal funds.

Connected Minds will also support 35 new faculty hires, including six new Canada Research Chairs and three new Ontario Research Chairs, and 385 positions for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be created. While most of these positions will sit at York, Queen’s has committed to hiring nine tenure-track faculty positions and supporting 50 graduate trainees and 27 postdoctoral fellows. These positions will enhance the contributions of Ingenuity Labs Research Institute, the Queen’s Centre for Neuroscience Studies, the Centre for Health Innovation, and the Health Services and Policy Research Institute to the Connected Minds program.

For more information, read the full announcement in the Queen’s Gazette.



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