Maluuba Supports and Encourages Diversity in Deep Learning Research


Artificial intelligence algorithms, services and products are a reflection of their human designers. Accordingly, it's important that these teams are comprised of diverse individuals, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the table.

At Maluuba, we’re passionate about supporting diversity in artificial intelligence research. Following our recent support of McGill's AI Lab for Social Good, we are proud to be a sponsor of the Women in Deep Learning event at the Université de Montréal. Taking place alongside the Deep Learning Summer School, this full day program seeks to create a discussion about creating work environments that meet the needs of women in research and science.

"A diverse working environment is the most creative and productive one for longer terms. AI is shaping our future, and AI/STEM is still struggling to achieve even 25% of women in its global workforce. Creating awareness about increasing diversity including breaking the gender stereotypes is the need of the hour,” said Subarna Tripathi, PhD candidate, University of California San Diego.

Maluuba Research Manager Layla El Asri took part in a panel sharing her personal perspective as a female in research. With her fellow panelists, Joelle Pineau, Adriana Romero, Ian Goodfellow, Amy Zhang, Subarna Tripathi and Danielle Belgrave, the panel discussed solutions that can be acted on in the work environment by both women and men to improve matters that impact women.

“Being a woman or a minority in tech can be discouraging because we are often treated differently than our peers. Therefore, it’s very important to come together, raise awareness on these issues, and work together towards a minority-friendly environment.” said Layla El Asri, Research Manager at Maluuba. 

An important part of career development in this field is building a network as well as relationships with fellow researchers. Maluuba was proud to host a networking cocktail party for the Women in Deep Learning event attendees at Wunderbar in downtown Montreal Tuesday evening. With a presentation by Gita Ghiasi on gender gap research and an introduction by our Community Manager, Jessica Mastronardi, the event helped culminate a day of learning, sharing and connecting.

To continue the momentum of support for women in AI, come say hi to Maluuba's Community Manager, Jessica, who will be giving opening remarks at McGill's AI For Social Good Summer Lab Closing, today at the Desjadins Labs. 

Enjoy the photos from our events this week below.