October 2, 2017 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 ... Read more
October 2, 2017 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 ... Read more
September 29, 2017 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 ... Read more
September 28, 2017 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 ... Read more
September 27, 2017
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 ... Read more
September 26, 2017 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 ... Read more
September 26, 2017 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 ... Read more
September 25, 2017 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 ... Read more
September 25, 2017 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. ... Read more