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U of T team hacking health care in a refugee camp

They hadn’t even been at the refugee camp a whole day when the first of only two power adapters blew up. Researchers Ryan Fobel, his brother Christian Fobel, Alphonsus Ng and Julian Lamanna had been feverishly working toward this day for months. They’d pulled all-nighters, designed, redesigned and debugged circuits, mixed reagents and buffers, put … Read More

The Agency fosters social innovation at U of T

University of Toronto graduate student Tricia Jose is helping Canadians learn to save money so they can reduce financial vulnerability. Vicis, the financial technology company she founded with U of T students David St. Bernard and Christopher Villegas-Cho, has its roots in the social innovation movement. “Social innovation means you’re making an impact beyond the bottom line,” … Read More

GM Canada president: “The tree of artificial intelligence was planted in Toronto”

The automotive industry is going through a period of profound disruption – the most since the car replaced the horse – but Canadian universities like the University of Toronto have what’s needed to help automakers leapfrog ahead of the competition, says the head of GM Canada. That’s what drew Steve Carlisle, president and managing director of General Motors … Read More

Artificial intelligence at U of T: new algorithm learns directly from human instruction

“Hey Siri, how’s my hair?” Your smartphone may soon be able to give you an honest answer, thanks to a new machine learning algorithm designed by U of T Engineering researchers Parham Aarabi and Wenzhi Guo.

U of T startup Nanoleaf moves light beyond the bulb with Aurora modular smart panels

For over 100 years lighting options for consumers have largely remained the same. Now, U of T startup Nanoleaf is changing the way we look at light. “We’re moving people away from that old way of thinking where light comes out of a bulb, a single point and source,” said Gimmy Chu, U of T … Read More

U of T researcher receives the Mitacs Award for outstanding innovation

As a protein engineer, Wei Zhang gives old molecules new tricks. And now, he’s transformed a single human protein into a virus-crushing arsenal that could lead to long-sought treatments for deadly infections. On Tuesday, Zhang received the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation for his work on creating molecular antidotes against viruses that cause Middle East Respiratory … Read More

Google Doodle celebrates U of T’s Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of insulin

Today’s Google homepage Doodle celebrates the legacy of one of U of T’s most renowned researchers Sir Frederick Banting. The Nov. 14 Doodle commemorates World Diabetes Day and what would have been Banting’s 125th birthday. Banting was a physician who along with Charles Best discovered insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921, forever changing the way … Read More

Tech jobs are booming in Toronto: U of T’s Innovation Policy Lab collaborates on startup report

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing the way we work, play and communicate. It’s also a growing share of our economy – especially here in Toronto – where tech jobs are a hot commodity in every sector from banking to health care. A new report published by TechTO, an organization that … Read More

Tech jobs are booming in Toronto: U of T’s Innovation Policy Lab collaborates on startup report

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing the way we work, play and communicate. It’s also a growing share of our economy – especially here in Toronto – where tech jobs are a hot commodity in every sector from banking to health care. A new report published by TechTO, an organization that … Read More

Artificial intelligence research and startups at U of T get boost from RBC

Canada’s largest bank is bolstering artificial intelligence and machine learning research at the University of Toronto – and startups launched by students and faculty. A new agreement between RBC and U of T sees the global giant join forces with Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Lab, one of 10 campus-led accelerators at U of T, supporting the entrepreneurial aspirations of students from … Read More