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#UofTGrad17: Hip hop dancer uses computer science skills to help fellow choreographers

Axel Villamil is the first to admit he sometimes struggled with his double major in computer science and media studies. But, in fairness, the University of Toronto grad had a particularly hectic schedule. While working on his bachelor of science degree, he was also flying around the world to compete in dance competitions – he’s a … Read More

#UofTGrad17: Drone brings new panoramic views on convocation

Class of 2017: look up. For the first time ever, the University of Toronto is using drones to capture photos and video of new graduates in their gowns flooding out of Convocation Hall. The office of academic and campus events asked Hugh Liu, a professor in the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Faculty of … Read More

Velkommen! Norwegian would-be disrupters arrive at U of T to learn how to launch startups

After working in Norway’s huge offshore oil and gas sector, Emil Blattman wants to launch a startup in the sustainable energy space – and he’s come to the University of Toronto to learn how to do it. Blattmann is one of two dozen students enrolled in the Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship program, coordinated by the University of … Read More

AI’s flowchart challenge; Canadian ecosystem seeks critical mass

Jean-Francois Gagne’s map of the AI ecosystem in Canada is a constant work in progress. In fact, each time he presents his graphic to an audience, he gets more names to add to the dozens of logos, from research labs to incubators to startups. “We have two guys working on this full-time,” says the co-founder … Read More

It’s official: AI-powered legal research firm ROSS opens R&D lab in Toronto

Every great tech startup has its hard luck origin story. Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked out of a garage. Mark Zuckerberg toiled on a Facebook predecessor in his Harvard dorm room – and was nearly expelled for his troubles. On Monday, the co-founders behind University of Toronto startup ROSS Intelligence, which uses artificial intelligence to … Read More

U of T startup’s return to Toronto underscores city’s status as a global AI research hub

Jimoh Ovbiagele, a co-founder of San Francisco-based ROSS Intelligence, proudly sports a “Home is Toronto” sticker on his laptop. It’s not some patriotic shout-out to his Canadian birthplace (he grew up in Texas), nor is it purely a nostalgic nod to his days studying computer science at the University of Toronto, where the artificial intelligence-powered … Read More

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab goes quantum

The roughly 25 startups lucky enough to be accepted to a new quantum machine learning stream at a University of Toronto seed-stage accelerator program are about to become part of a very exclusive club. The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at U of T’s Rotman School of Management said Thursday that it will provide the startups with … Read More

Creative Destruction Lab expands to Montreal, Calgary, and Halifax

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has announced a cross-country expansion into three new regions: CDL-Rockies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business; CDL-Montreal at HEC Montréal; and CDL-Atlantic at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business in Halifax. The national expansion will add to the CDL’s existing programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman … Read More

Scaling up: U of T accelerator to undertake massive Canadian expansion

The University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab, or CDL, seeks to scale science-based startups into giant, market-dominating companies. But, on Thursday, it was the accelerator itself that was preparing for massive growth. The CDL program, part of U of T’s Rotman School of Management, announced an ambitious cross-country expansion that will see new CDL programs operated … Read More

Creative Destruction Lab expands startup program nationally

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