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  • Could your face be a window to your health? U of T startup gathers vital signs from video

    March 24, 2017 Kang Lee has invented an astonishing new technology. By analyzing video of a person’s face, his artificial intelligence-based system detects blood flow in facial tissue and uses it to measure vital signs and emotions. A U of T professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Lee co-founded NuraLogix to ... Read more
  • What does speech reveal about our health? U of T startup finds 400 subtle neurological health markers

    March 24, 2017 Hidden clues in the way you speak can indicate health problems long before an official diagnosis is made. These include how fast you talk, how long you pause, which words you choose – even tiny wobbles in the vibration of your voice, too subtle for the human ear. Faculty of Arts ... Read more
  • 5 social entrepreneurship projects at U of T you should know about

    March 14, 2017 The foam peanuts that protect fragile deliveries can pile up in landfills. Concerned about packaging waste, University of Toronto students redesigned the pellets using potato starch, which is biodegradable and still squishy enough to protect fragile objects. The material is so natural you can even eat it – the prototype tastes like ... Read more
  • Interns at startups do more than fetch coffee

    March 12, 2017 Internships at big companies have long been a rite of passage for college and university students, a sought-after and often rewarding foot in the door of the corporate workplace. But, in a sign of the changing times, some institutions are thinking smaller with the placements they’re offering. The result – internships ... Read more
  • The next blockbuster? U of T startup Protagenic Therapeutics goes public on U.S. stock market

    March 10, 2017 The fortuitous discovery of an ancient gene, which made the leap from bacteria to animals hundreds of millions of years ago, could be the next billion-dollar breakthrough in the antidepressant market. Bigger than Prozac? Maybe. A game-changer in the industry if approved? Absolutely, says David Lovejoy, a U of T neuroendocrinology professor. The company, ... Read more
  • Indoor farming takes root at U of T Mississauga

    March 9, 2017 At University of Toronto Mississauga, a plastic tower sprouts produce including curly starbor kale, buttercrunch and collard greens. Rising almost six feet off the ground and illuminated by high output fluorescent bulbs, the indoor farm wall grows plants hydroponically – with nutrient solution, instead of soil. The water nourishes the roots, collects in ... Read more
  • U of T startup QD Solar secures international financing

    February 14, 2017 QD Solar, a Canadian startup co-founded by U of T researchers Ted Sargent and Sjoerd Hoogland, has received a big boost in funding and an important international nod to help bring its solar technology to market. On Monday, the company announced it had closed its first significant round of venture capital ... Read more
  • This Toronto startup uses A.I. to help lawyers predict trial outcomes

    February 7, 2017 Benjamin Alarie, who is both the Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto and founder of Blue J Legal, says he wants to create the equivalent of a racing video game for the legal profession – an ultra-realistic simulation that can help lawyers and accountants get a good sense ... Read more
  • New algorithms by U of T researchers may revolutionize drug discoveries

    February 6, 2017 A new set of machine learning algorithms developed by U of T researchers that can generate 3D structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies for a range of diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer. “Designing successful drugs is like solving a puzzle,” says U of T PhD student ... Read more
  • Royal Bank boosts AI investment by hiring University of Alberta pioneer

    January 28, 2017 Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) is hiring a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) as an advisor to a new research lab the bank is establishing as part of its investment in AI and machine learning, Canada’s largest bank said on Wednesday. The bank declined to say how much is being invested, ... Read more