U of T startup’s technology plays role in ‘critical breakthrough’ in coronavirus research

Software that grew out of a University of Toronto research project facilitated what’s being described as a “critical breakthrough” in the search for a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. 

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. National Institutes of Health recently announced that they have created the first 3D, atomic scale map of the part of the virus that attaches to and infects human cells – known as the spike protein. They published their work in the journal Science this week.

Founders of U of T startup Blue J Legal discuss how artificial intelligence can address bias in the legal sector

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help every sector of the economy. There is a challenge, though, in sectors that have fuzzier analysis and the potential to train with data that can continue human biases. A couple of years ago, I described the problem with bias in an article about machine learning (ML) applied to criminal recidivism. It’s worth revisiting the sector as time have changed in how bias is addressed. One way is to look at sectors in the legal profession where bias is a much smaller factor.

U of T spinoff among 10 winners of Canadian clean energy innovation competition

CERT Systems Inc., a company spun out of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, has received support from Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada to advance an innovative system that transforms carbon dioxide into valuable products.

The company builds on research from two U of T Engineering lab groups, led by Professor David Sinton and University Professor Ted Sargent. CERT is among 10 winners in the competition, each of whom could receive up to $3 million to develop their clean energy technologies.