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A quantum leap? Inside a U of T accelerator’s bold bet on the future of artificial intelligence

Launching a startup is difficult enough – never mind one that requires a yet-to-be realized technology to succeed. That’s the daunting challenge faced by Robert Schaffer, a condensed matter physicist with a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is one of about 40 aspiring entrepreneurs taking part in a bold, new quantum machine learning program developed by … Read More

Why it’s no longer strange to talk to your home appliances

Voice control has quickly gone from a quirky-but-barely-working technology to an eerily-accurate must-have capability in gadgets and appliances. As a result, this year a wave of manufacturers have announced incorporating Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant into everything from refrigerators and vacuum cleaners to televisions and even cars. In many cases, these voice … Read More

This Gadget Helps People with Disabilities Live on Their Own

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U of T’s Raquel Urtasun a big draw at Uber’s on-campus career event

A recruitment event by Uber at the University of Toronto this week began as a lecture and ended like a celebrity sighting. Raquel Urtasun, the head of Uber’s new self-driving vehicle lab in Toronto, was engulfed by dozens of eager, resumé-clutching students immediately following a presentation about her research at the ride-sharing giant. The scrum … Read More

MaRS hires entrepreneur and investor as its next CEO

Yung Wu, a University of Toronto alumnus who founded, scaled and financed multiple startups, has been named the new chief executive of the MaRS Discovery District – a key player in downtown Toronto’s rapidly expanding innovation and commercialization ecosystem. Currently chairman of early-stage investment firm NFQ Ventures, Wu said Thursday that he’s looking forward to his … Read More

U of T named Canada’s most innovative university

University ranked among top 30 public institutions worldwide by Reuters The University of Toronto is Canada’s most innovative university, according to an independent survey of top global post-secondary institutions by media giant Reuters. Known as the Reuters Top 100, the ranking “aims to identify and rank the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent … Read More

Vector Institute names its first president

Its creation was greeted with national and international media attention. Now, the Vector Institute has its first president and CEO: Garth Gibson, currently at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Gibson is recognized for his contributions to scalable computing research, which laid the foundations for some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. As a leader in advanced education, … Read More

U of T’s Deep Genomics raises US$13 million to fund expansion

Deep Genomics, an artificial intelligence-powered health startup co-founded by University of Toronto’s Brendan Frey, has raised US$13 million from a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The startup, launched in 2015, combines artificial intelligence, or AI, and genomics research to help develop genetic medicines to treat a myriad of disorders – everything from autism to cancer. Frey, a … Read More

New Vector AI institute CEO Garth Gibson facing tough decisions

A new Toronto artificial-intelligence institute heavily funded by government and industry has hired its first chief executive. Toronto-born Garth Gibson will lead the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which has received $50-million from Ontario and $85-million-plus from more than 30 companies, including Shopify Inc., Magna International Inc., Canada’s big banks and U.S. tech giants including … Read More

Toronto-based Deep Genomics raises $16 million from Khosla Ventures

Toronto-based Deep Genomics has raised $16 million CAD in funding led by Khosla Ventures, according to a report from The Globe and Mail. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and entrepreneur Michael Hyatt also invested in the company. Deep Genomics’ platform uses deep learning-based technology to help geneticists, molecular biologists, and chemists develop therapies. The company developed … Read More