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How a U of T legal research startup is making lawyers more productive: Wired magazine

The artificial intelligence-powered legal research tool built by a University of Toronto startup is boosting the productivity of lawyers – one of whom tells Wired magazine the AI solution makes “you look like a rock star.” Lawyers at Fennemore Craig in Arizona are using ROSS Intelligence to search millions of pages of case law and write up its findings … Read More

Two up-and-coming U of T researchers win Polanyi Prize

Areti Angeliki Veroniki is a studier of studies. A scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, Veroniki’s post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto is focused on pulling new insights from the hundreds of medical studies done on a particular illness – right down to the level of individual patients. Working … Read More

RBC boosts AI research at U of T

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is an incubator for science-based startups that solve pressing problems innovative ideas, particularly focusing on those that use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has recently announced support for the CDL by becoming a Founding … Read More

U of T startup wins grand prize at Telus pitch competition

A University of Toronto startup that makes wearable sensors to assist blind and partially sighted people emerged as a big winner at a Telus pitch competition this week. The company, iMerciv, beat out two other semi-finalists to nab the competition’s $100,000 grand prize with its BuzzClip product. The wearable mobility device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles … Read More

Can AI help solve the music biz’s woes? One industry group is working with U of T to find out

The marriage of artificial intelligence, or AI, and music at the University of Toronto attracted worldwide attention last year when researchers trained a neural network to compose a holiday carol– complete with such lyrics as, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.” The Guardian newspaper dubbed the creation “vaguely unsettling,” but that hasn’t stopped Eric … Read More

Wired magazine: How a U of T researcher is trying to make the economics of self-driving cars work

As if building a self-driving car wasn’t difficult enough, the University of Toronto’s Raquel Urtasun is trying make it affordable, too. Urtasun, who was tapped earlier this year to head Uber’s self-driving research lab in Toronto, has focused much of her research on figuring out ways to replace expensive lidar (light detection and ranging) sensors – basically … Read More

U of T researchers at Ontario Economic Summit to talk innovation, training students for ‘jobs of the future’

The University of Toronto is taking centre stage at this year’s Ontario Economic Summit as government officials, business leaders and key influencers meet to discuss how to take advantage of new technologies and disruptive business models to promote the province’s growth. Organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the annual event is one of the … Read More

U of T researcher to talk about AI opportunities – and designing household robots

Sanja Fidler has a back-of-the-envelope way to track Toronto’s rapid emergence as a global centre for artificial intelligence, or AI: the number of machine learning graduate students who are jumping at offers to do their research at the University of Toronto. “You typically have some ratio of ‘accepts’ because there is MIT, Stanford and Berkeley and we all … Read More

Making medicine, not money: How one U of T researcher’s startup is rethinking Big Pharma’s business model

The latest medical innovation to spring from Aled Edwards’s University of Toronto lab isn’t a new protein structure or potential drug target – it’s a business model. Thanks to advances in genomics research, it’s rapidly becoming apparent many illnesses can be splintered into ever smaller categories of disease, each affecting a relatively small number of people. Hence … Read More

How U of T’s ‘godfather’ of deep learning is reimagining AI

Geoffrey Hinton may be the “godfather” of deep learning, a suddenly hot field of artificial intelligence, or AI – but that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his algorithms. Hinton, a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, recently released two new papers that promise to improve the way machines understand the world through images or video – a technology … Read More