• Building digital humans: Would-be U of T entrepreneurs to put a non-‘creepy’ human face on digital assistants

    September 13, 2017 Would-be entrepreneurs enrolled in a business of software course at the University of Toronto are being asked to play God in the digital realm. The theme for the course, offered by the department of computer science, is “creating virtual humans” using virtual reality, or VR, technology provided by Quantum Capture, a ... Read more
  • U of T researchers to feature prominently during three-day Toronto tech festival

    September 11, 2017 Experts and entrepreneurs from the University of Toronto will have a heavy presence at this week’s Elevate Toronto technology “festival” – a new three-day event that showcases Toronto’s emerging status as a leading innovation hub. The festival, which kicks off Tuesday, features a series of conferences and social events at venues ... Read more
  • The ‘Iron Man’ exoskeleton that can let disabled children walk again

    September 6, 2017 A Canadian startup has developed a device that allows children with disabilities to walk. A new exoskeleton from Tréxō Robotics consists of robotic legs that can attach to any walker and give kids with Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, and other immobilizing conditions the chance to escape the bounds of a ... Read more
  • The AI revolution spreads its wings in Toronto, and at U of T

    August 31, 2017 Geoffrey Hinton may feel a bit sheepish about his “godfather” of deep learning moniker, but there’s little doubt the University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto helped spark a revolution in artificial intelligence, or AI, that could eventually touch everyone on the planet. “I feel slightly embarrassed by being called ... Read more
  • Problem solver: why one U of T startup accelerator also works with larger corporations

    August 30, 2017 When Allanson International ran into issues with an LED lamp for commercial kitchens, the Toronto-based lighting and signage firm not only turned to its in-house R&D team for help – it sought out the extensive multidisciplinary expertise available through one of the University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship hubs. In addition to launching ... Read more
  • Inside the AI healthcare revolution: meeting the robots that can detect Alzheimer’s and depression

    August 28, 2017 Just 45 seconds in the company of scientist Frank Rudzicz and his machines is all it takes to determine whether or not you are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In that time, the complex Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that the 37-year-old and his team have developed are able to pick apart your ... Read more
  • Signing off every night at PNE fair with dazzling drone show

    August 27, 2017 Move over, fireworks. The drones are in town. Instead of the usual fireworks capping a day at The Fair at the PNE, this year a fleet of drones takes centre stage in a choreographed light show synced to music. “It’s a really cool new art medium,” said Everett Findlay, the CEO of ... Read more
  • U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab adds new quantum computing partner

    August 25, 2017 The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a seed-stage startup accelerator at the University of Toronto, is doubling down on the nascent field of quantum machine learning by partnering with a second quantum computing firm. CDL said this week it has forged a new partnership with Silicon Valley-based Rigetti Computing, which is attempting ... Read more
  • Cooking up sous vide: U of T startup connects smartphones to kitchens

    August 23, 2017 Armed with an entrepreneurship fellowship, Rayner Mendes set his sights on China and its fast-growing economy last year – only to discover a potentially big business opportunity back home in Canada. Mendes, an Ivey Business School grad, was searching for a startup job in the country of nearly 1.4 billion when ... Read more
  • U of T’s Centre for Engineering Making Progress on St. George

    August 21, 2017 The University of Toronto‘s St. George Campus is expanding yet again, as construction of the institution’s new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) progresses on St. George Street, a short distance north of College Street. We last updated the progress on this 8-storey, Montgomery Sisam Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios-designed institutional building back in ... Read more