Inc, founded at the Department of Computer Science (DCS) at the University of Toronto is the success story of an
innovative master’s thesis turned entrepreneurial venture. The unique startup
was recently purchased by the California-based search engine giant, Google.
product, BumpTop, is a physically-realistic desktop with multi-touch
capabilities for desktop and mobile interaction that was invented and developed
by Anand Agarawala and his advisor Professor Ravin Balakrishnan in 2004 during
Agarawala’s graduate studies at DCS.
incorporates physics simulation, new organizational metaphors like piling of
documents, and multi-touch interaction into a broad range of applications such
as the desktop and emerging interaction platforms.
Agarawala brought BumpTop to the next level and not only enhanced the features
of the software but grew his startup with angel and venture capital, eventually
leading to the company’s purchase by Google.
Chair of DCS, sums up the excitement within the department, “We are extremely
proud of the success of BumpTop and continue to encourage our researchers to
share with the world the many cutting-edge ideas and technologies generated and
incubated within our department.” Some up and coming DCS startups that are expected
to command attention within the technology industry include: Sysomos (www.sysomos.com), GridCentric (www.gridcentric.ca), Cognovision Solutions (www.cognovision.com [www.cognovision.com]) and Arcestra (www.arcestra.com [www.arcestra.com]).