The Office of Research Services and Development of the University of Montreal awards funding to the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape

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The committee for the “Support of Intersectoral Initiatives” grant competition of the University of Montreal has awarded a grant to the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape for their AI Assessment of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Public Spaces project. The grants awarded as part of this program aim at supporting the development of new intersectoral initiatives with high innovation potential, which will in turn be financed by an external agency or program.

This project, developed in collaboration with Gauthier Gidel, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Sciences and Operations Research at Mila, aims at creating an AI-based software capable of measuring EDI quality levels of Canadian public spaces to increase their social accessibility and define an urban design methodology to operationalize this transformation. This grant will enable the research team to further the initial phases of the project which intend to enhance the understanding of issues relating to the under-representation of minority groups in public spaces.

This grant was made possible through the Special Projects Fund of the Vice-Rector of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation of the University of Montreal.