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Medical startups compete for $15,000 in prizes at U of T accelerator’s pitch event

From using seal oil to treat nerve damage to a new tool to aid minimally invasive surgery, entrepreneurs from the University of Toronto and beyond tested out health-focused business ideas during the Health Innovation Hub’s (H2i) recent pitch competition. Six startups presented their ideas before a panel of three judges at U of T’s ONRamp co-working … Read More

Trudeau gets his geek on at U of T, talking AI and Canada’s future

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his nerd-in-chief reputation and outlined his government’s vision to capitalize on Canada’s early lead in artificial intelligence, or AI, during an appearance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Trudeau, a self-professed “geek,” was a special guest at the annual business of AI conference hosted by Rotman’s Creative … Read More

Businesses need to prepare for AI revolution, Rotman dean says in Globe and Mail op-ed

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is poised to unleash another technological revolution and businesses need to embrace the coming change or risk being left in its wake, according to a Globe and Mail op-ed co-written by Tiff Macklem, the dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The op-ed, written with McKinsey & Co. partners Vincent Bérubé and John … Read More

‘The conscience of AI’: Why this U of T expert created a forum for AI researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss ethics

Markus Dubber’s first brush with artificial intelligence, or AI, occurred in an unlikely place: a performance of his daughter’s choir. The director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics bumped into Ajay Agrawal, another proud parent who also happens to be a professor at U of T’s Rotman School of Management and the founder of U … Read More

U of T co-op students develop app for Rouge National Urban Park

A new mobile app for Rouge National Urban Park, developed by University of Toronto students, is like having a seasoned tour guide right in the palm of your hands. “We wanted the app to be user-friendly and fun, one that highlights the amazing ecology and cultural history for people in real time,” says Kaitlyn Chow, a … Read More

Tech guru Mooly Eden to talk at U of T about future of AI, robotics

After more than three decades on the front lines of the tech revolution, Israel’s Mooly Eden can confidently predict two things about the future: The pace of technological change will continue to accelerate exponentially, and we’re not doing nearly enough to keep up. Take, for example, the suddenly hot field of artificial intelligence, or AI, … Read More

U of T startup lands financing to grow its AI-powered legal research business

Jimoh Ovbiagele says the story of ROSS Intelligence began in the hallways of the University of Toronto’s department of computer science. This week, ROSS added another chapter. The company, which uses artificial intelligence, or AI, to speed up legal research, said it raised US$8.7 million in new funding, led by iNovia Capital with participation from Comcast Ventures … Read More

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

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