Curiosity on Stage Evening- AI and Robotics for Social Good

Hours and Location

Curiosity on Stage - AI and Robotics for Social Good

Canada Science and Technology Museum
DateDec 8, 2022
Time3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
At the centre set against a blurred blue background there's a computer generated globe, to the right of it there are two robotic hands human reaching out to hold it and to the left of the globe there are two human hands also reaching our to hold it.
Virtual (Zoom)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fee Description
Free event, registration required.
Language Comments
This presentation will be in English, with simultaneous translation into French, and a bilingual Q-and-A.

While Artificial intelligence and Robotics are no silver bullet or cure-all, they can contribute to the perplexing efforts of tackling some of the world’s most challenging social problems, such as climate change, hunger, and gender equality. 

Scientists and innovators are working to solve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals using Artificial Intelligence & Robotics. Did you know that you can help accelerate the progress of these goals too? 

AI & Robotics has great potential to be used for social good by

  • detecting fire in satellite imagery and drones, 
  • determining the best cancer treatment, 
  • or using service robots in healthcare,

However, we need to be diligent about the challenges and threats AI and Robotics may pose to society and the environment. We need to identify potential risks and proactively mitigate them to avoid hurting people whom technology intends to help.  

Join the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on December 8 as Taryn Tomlinson and Sheila Beladinejad share their insights on how Artificial Intelligence and Robotics help solve the multi-faceted United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and how we can all play a role in accelerating progress. 

Join the conversation! Share your thoughts using the hashtag #CuriosityOnStage

Our Speakers:

A headshot of Taryn Tomlinson smiling with her arms crossed and wearing a blue jacket

Taryn Tomlinson

Taryn Tomlinson is a senior engineer, and the Director of Sun-Earth System Sciences at the Canadian Space Agency. She has spent her career committed to exploring and discovering space, from roles in academics to industry and now in government. Taryn worked as an engineer in a number of California and German firms, co-founded a high-tech space startup in 2003, and subsequently joined the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in 2008 to work on the robot “Dextre” for the International Space Station.  Over the past 12 years, Taryn has served as a senior project manager and systems engineer at the CSA, has served as the Chief of Staff to the President.  She is now a Director in the branch that uses Earth Observation (EO) data in an effort to help solve the greatest challenges of our planet today, including climate change. Taryn gravitates to discussions on innovation, on leadership, and the contribution of the diverse players in the space sector ecosystem.  Taryn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Space Science from the University of California, San Diego.

A headshot of Sheila Beladinejad smiling and wearing a beige blazer, white blouse, and tortoiseshell glasses.

Sheila Beladinejad 

Sheila Beladinejad is the CEO of O Canada Tech & President of Women in AI & Robotics, a German Canadian non-profit association.

As a software engineer with degrees in Computer Science & Industrial Engineering and over 20 years of experience in technology, she has worked on major initiatives in the telecommunication industry and is responsible for launching new products and services globally.  

Additionally, Sheila has expertise in conducting technical due diligence during the Merger and Acquisition process for investors. She helps Private Equity firms and Venture Capitalists evaluate the software side of the target companies of interest and provide risk mitigation assessments, often including a post-closure technical roadmap. 

She has worked on multi-million-dollar acquisitions in Europe, Canada, and the United States, evaluating and assessing the target companies’ artificial intelligence, software architecture, infrastructure, and scalability.

As the President of the Women in AI & Robotics, Sheila has committed to reducing the gender gap in AI & Robotics at the UN Women's Generation Equality Forum on a personal level and on behalf of Women in AI & Robotics. 

Sheila is dedicated to increasing women's representation in AI & Robotics through building a strong network of support from experts in our communities, advocacy, education, mentorship, hackathons, and start-up accelerator programs.

Co-hosted by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum: