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Toronto startup helps you prevent sunburns

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Want to avoid sunburn this summer? This U of T startup’s AI-powered sun-tracker can help

Not much bigger than a bottle cap, the device Neda Ghazi holds in her hand could have a significant impact on Canadians’ health. It’s an ultraviolet light tracker, called the QSun, that clips to a T-shirt or sports bra and alerts the user when they’re about to get a sunburn – a leading cause of … Read More

Toronto startup invents device that can help stop sunburns

University of Toronto post-doctoral researchers Ali Monam and Neda Ghazi have made this possible with a sleek, AI-powered, wearable sun tracker that’s roughly the size of a bottle cap. Called QSun, the device can be clipped to any piece of clothing or accessory. A companion app uses artificial intelligence to track sun exposure, vitamin D … Read More

AI researcher outlines vision for ‘self-driving’ labs at U of T-Tsinghua University conference

The ability of artificial intelligence – and deep learning algorithms in particular – to recognize images has created much excitement in recent years, sparking a race to develop everything from self-driving cars to robotic assistants. But Alán Aspuru-Guzik believes the mix of AI and chemistry could ultimately be even more important. The former Harvard University … Read More

U of T startup draws Google’s interest by using AI to speed drug discovery

A biomedical startup founded by University of Toronto alumni has raised US$8 million from a group of investors that includes Montreal’s iNovia Capital and Google’s Gradient Ventures. BenchSci, founded in 2015, uses artificial intelligence to scan millions of data points in published research papers in a bid to speed the drug discovery process. “We think they’re … Read More

U of T startups take home prizes at annual Ontario innovation conference

Startups from the University of Toronto won both major pitch competitions at this year’s Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference, an innovation-focused event that draws participants from across the province. Luna Yu’s startup, Genecis EnviroTech, beat out four other finalists for a $20,000 prize in the social enterprise category, which included both non-profit and for-profit … Read More

Universities drive startup activity in Toronto-Waterloo corridor: Silicon Valley think tank

The Toronto-Waterloo corridor ranks as one of the world’s top 20 startup ecosystems thanks in part to leading computer science and engineering research at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, a recent Silicon Valley think tank report says. The report, released earlier this month by Oakland, Calif.-based Startup Genome, surveys several different … Read More

U of T Engineering opens the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering officially opened the Myhal Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on Friday. Named in honour of the Myhal family – including George Myhal and his wife Rayla, two of Engineering’s most ardent supporters – the building will allow for collaboration across disciplines, and experiential learning, leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities. It includes flexible, technology … Read More

How machine learning can help you predict court decisions

Machine learning is now able to analyze court decisions and predict how judges may respond in certain situations, based on an analysis of existing caselaw. Artificial intelligence technology is currently available to analyze tax and employment caselaw, but it’s easy to see how this could be relevant to the insurance space as well – particularly … Read More

LegalTech is Building its Profile in the Professional Community

The legal landscape is changing. The onslaught of structured and unstructured data that needs to be researched, analyzed and applied to the myriad legal processes has been ripe for innovation. With the advent of AI, machine learning and cloud-based services, among other technologies, a historically risk-averse industry is now taking notice. Three years ago Ryerson … Read More