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Introducing Maiya: CUE students to begin testing new AI-based learning assistant

Posted on: Apr 4, 2022

Students will soon be able to test Maiya, an AI-based chatbot created to assist learners who have cognitive disabilities. 

The Maiya project, led by project manager Mandira Das and lead developer Arul Prukash,
began in late 2022 as a collaboration between CUE’s Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) and the BMO-Centre for Innovation and Applied Research (BMO-CIAR). Inclusion Alberta and CUE’s Student Life and Learning are key partners in the project.

“Our team is excited to introduce Maiya to CUE students and learn how we can improve the user experience,” says Mike Wade, director of the CAAI. “We hope to be able to eventually launch the platform widely to benefit post-secondary students with learning challenges and create inclusive environments at CUE and beyond.” 

Student Life and Learning will invite a group of CUE students they work with to participate in the Maiya pilot over the next several weeks. Students will be able to use tools within Maiya to manage their time and prioritize tasks for their assignments, and to summarize key learning points from longer content. 

CUE received initial funding for Maiya from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) through the Accessible Technology Program (ATP). Read more about the Maiya initiative here.