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Could you create the next Minecraft, Mario Kart or Dota 2?

If you’ve just been accepted into one of the world’s top-ranked departments of computer science and are looking for something a little different along your way to becoming the next Raquel Urtasun or Brendan Frey, check out the video above. In the video, Steve Engels – an associate professor, teaching stream in the Faculty of … Read More

Geek to chic: U of T startup reimagines stuffy white lab coats

A new startup from the University of Toronto is bringing fashion into the lab. Created by U of T PhD students Liu Zhang and Ondrej Halgas and Alex Schmidt of Ryerson University, Modadoro is a fledgling fashion line that aims to make frumpy science garb yesterday’s fashion news. The startup and its labcoats were recently featured … Read More

U of T startups win prizes for products helping disabled, injured

Watching an elderly loved one struggle with a disability is never easy. But while most of us simply grimace and soldier on, Mark Elias decided to do something about it. The co-founder of Steadiwear, a University of Toronto startup, developed a specially designed glove that stabilizes the hands of patients with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor. … Read More

Rise of the machines: U of T emerges as “ground zero” for the next wave of transformative technologies

Some of the world’s biggest companies, from banks to carmakers, are poised to have their businesses transformed by new computing technologies – many of which are being developed at the University of Toronto. John Ruffolo, the CEO of OMERS Ventures, delivered the message to a packed room at the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab’s (DCSIL) … Read More

Canada goose trackers: U of T team wins national drone competition by scouring for bird nests

Building drones to locate the nests of four different types of geese in the Canadian wilderness – that’s what a U of T engineering team had to do to take first place at the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Student Competition, organized by Unmanned Systems Canada. The University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) UAV Division designed a two-drone system capable … Read More

Toronto emerging as centre of innovation – and disruption, OMERS venture fund CEO says

Fresh off closing a $300 million venture fund with a buy-in from some of Canada’s biggest banks and financial institutions, John Ruffolo will be at the University of Toronto on Friday to talk about how developments in artificial intelligence, fintech and machine learning are rapidly disrupting traditional industries. Ruffolo is the CEO of OMERS Ventures, … Read More

U of T researcher and JLABS draw U.S. drug delivery startup to Toronto

Shawn Glinter, the CEO of Nashville-based Pendant Biosciences, was born in Winnipeg and played hockey in college. But it took a leading University of Toronto researcher – and last year’s launch of life sciences incubator JLABS @ Toronto – to rekindle his interest in Canada. Though Pendant originally licensed its polymer-based drug delivery technology from Vanderbilt … Read More

My startup has six co-founders. Here’s how it works

Choosing co-founders to start a venture is one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur has to make. It’s common to see a founding team with two or three members, but at Therapia, an on-demand physiotherapy platform, we have chosen a team of six co-founders, all of whom have different backgrounds and skill-sets, which we … Read More

U of T inventor-entrepreneur honoured with Governor General’s Innovation Award

The molecules he works with may be small, but Professor Paul Santerre is using them to solve some of the world’s biggest and most pressing medical challenges. One of Santerre’s most successful inventions is Endexo™, a surface-modifying material that can be applied to medical tubing to prevent blood from sticking and clotting, one of the major reasons for … Read More

Tracking proteins using AI: U of T scientists develop deep learning algorithm

U of T researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can track proteins to help reveal what makes cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease. From self-driving cars to computers that can diagnose cancer, artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping the world in ways that are hard to predict, but for cell biologists, the change … Read More