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  • The next generation of solar pioneers: U of T alumni are electrifying the Democratic Republic of Congo

    December 9, 2016 John Paul Morgan found himself in the middle of a civil war. It was 2006, and after completing his graduate studies in electrical engineering at U of T, the 27-year-old had a one-year contract position with Doctors Without Borders (DWB) in Shabunda, a small town in the South Kivu region of the ... Read more
  • U of T team hacking health care in a refugee camp

    November 22, 2016 They hadn’t even been at the refugee camp a whole day when the first of only two power adapters blew up. Researchers Ryan Fobel, his brother Christian Fobel, Alphonsus Ng and Julian Lamanna had been feverishly working toward this day for months. They’d pulled all-nighters, designed, redesigned and debugged circuits, mixed ... Read more
  • The Agency fosters social innovation at U of T

    November 18, 2016 University of Toronto graduate student Tricia Jose is helping Canadians learn to save money so they can reduce financial vulnerability. Vicis, the financial technology company she founded with U of T students David St. Bernard and Christopher Villegas-Cho, has its roots in the social innovation movement. “Social innovation means you’re making an impact beyond ... Read more
  • GM Canada president: “The tree of artificial intelligence was planted in Toronto”

    November 17, 2016 The automotive industry is going through a period of profound disruption – the most since the car replaced the horse – but Canadian universities like the University of Toronto have what’s needed to help automakers leapfrog ahead of the competition, says the head of GM Canada. That’s what drew Steve Carlisle, president and managing ... Read more
  • Artificial intelligence at U of T: new algorithm learns directly from human instruction

    November 16, 2016 “Hey Siri, how’s my hair?” Your smartphone may soon be able to give you an honest answer, thanks to a new machine learning algorithm designed by U of T Engineering researchers Parham Aarabi and Wenzhi Guo. Read more
  • U of T startup Nanoleaf moves light beyond the bulb with Aurora modular smart panels

    November 15, 2016 For over 100 years lighting options for consumers have largely remained the same. Now, U of T startup Nanoleaf is changing the way we look at light. “We’re moving people away from that old way of thinking where light comes out of a bulb, a single point and source,” said Gimmy Chu, ... Read more
  • U of T researcher receives the Mitacs Award for outstanding innovation

    November 15, 2016 As a protein engineer, Wei Zhang gives old molecules new tricks. And now, he’s transformed a single human protein into a virus-crushing arsenal that could lead to long-sought treatments for deadly infections. On Tuesday, Zhang received the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation for his work on creating molecular antidotes against viruses that ... Read more
  • Google Doodle celebrates U of T’s Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of insulin

    November 14, 2016 Today’s Google homepage Doodle celebrates the legacy of one of U of T’s most renowned researchers Sir Frederick Banting. The Nov. 14 Doodle commemorates World Diabetes Day and what would have been Banting’s 125th birthday. Banting was a physician who along with Charles Best discovered insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921, ... Read more
  • Thinking like an entrepreneur

    November 9, 2016 When Bin Liu first approached the Impact Centre – the University of Toronto’s accelerator for startup tech companies – he had little more than, as he describes it, “the stereotypical drawing on a napkin.” Liu, whose father has glaucoma, dreamed of developing technology to help the visually impaired. “I was kind of ... Read more
  • RBC helps bring top innovative entrepreneurs to U of T

    November 7, 2016 Sometimes all it takes to tip someone thinking of the next big thing into acting is being inspired by someone who’s been there: someone who accepted the risks, took the plunge and created their own innovation success story. On Tuesday, the University of Toronto will host the inaugural RBC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker ... Read more