RBC now accepting applications for Innovation Post-Doctoral and Graduate Fellowships

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Innovation Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships at The University of Toronto will support research and innovation at the University of Toronto.

The RBC Innovation Fellowship program will recognize emerging leaders who are establishing a record of research, scholarship and impact, and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to research excellence, preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated and/or future interest in entrepreneurship and company creation.

Various outcomes and new knowledge of the RBC Fellows may be translated into knowledge with applications for policymakers, educators, service providers and entrepreneurs both at the University of Toronto and further afield.

Three fellows a year will be selected from a variety of disciplines:

  • RBC Innovation Post-Doctoral Fellowship – 1 post-doctoral fellowship valued at $100,000 over 2 years ($50K/yr. for 2 years)
  • RBC Innovation Graduate Fellowship – 2 graduate student scholarships valued at $50,000 over 2 years ($25K/yr. for 2 years)

The RBC may further support the selected Fellows by providing access to RBC research personnel, subject-matter and industry experts as well as access to proprietary datasets and RBC infrastructure when appropriate.

For more information on eligibility, research themes evaluation criteria, and to apply visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/royal-bank-of-canada-innovation-post-doctoral-graduate-fellowships/ 

#Rio2016: Olympic boxers strike hard with the help of U of T Engineering alumnus

The Canadian and American Olympic boxing teams competing in Rio de Janeiro may just have the upper hand – thanks to a wearable technology innovation from a U of T Engineering alumnus.

Both teams have been training using a wrist-mounted sensor that tracks each punch, measuring both speed and intensity. The device was created by alumnus Khalil Zahar, who is bringing his product to market through his startup company, Hykso.

Hykso’s small sensor uses both accelerometers and gyroscopes to gather data about hand movements, taking samples 1,000 times per second. Combining motion tracking and machine-learning technology, the device then calculates, in real-time, the speed of the punch, and even recognizes the type of punch thrown.