The IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) is an innovation collaboration which engages Alberta’s academic and industrial communities with IBM research and development. Formed in 2005 in partnership with the Government of Alberta Economic Development and Trade (formerly Advanced Education and Technology) and the University of Alberta, IBM Alberta CAS seeks to create and grow new sources of competitive advantage for Alberta academics and business by supporting pursuits of common and priority interests and leveraging data and disruptive technologies. Renewed again in 2017, IBM Alberta CAS has expanded beyond its initial scope to include the University of Calgary with an updated project portfolio which is strongly aligned with Alberta’s research and commercialization agenda and IBM’s AI, Cloud, Analytics and IoT strategies.
The mission of IBM Alberta CAS is to enable strategic, multidisciplinary, innovation collaborations between Alberta’s research community and IBM’s worldwide research and development groups. As a member of the IBM Worldwide CAS community, IBM Alberta CAS provides a means for global outreach and leadership for Alberta’s research community.
The IBM Alberta CAS Innovation Eco-system facilitates research projects in numerous disciplines with a focus on areas of Health and Bio-informatics, Sustainable Natural Resource Development, Environmental Stewardship and Advancing the Digital Economy. Projects include a variety of technological underpinnings including artificial intelligence (AI), high performance computing (HPC), sensor networks, visualization, analytics, big data and cloud computing. Since its inception, IBM Alberta CAS has contributed millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources as well as attracted millions more to the province, and continues to make a positive impact on research, skills and economic development in Alberta.
Alberta researchers are currently engaged in initiatives with IBM’s research and development centres around the globe including IBM CAS Canada, IBM T.J. Watson Lab in New York and Massachusetts, IBM Almaden Lab in California, IBM Brazil Lab and IBM Zurich Lab.