Several University of Toronto researchers will take the stage this week, alongside leading technology thinkers, entrepreneurs and futurists at the first-ever SingularityU Canada Summit.
The two-day event, spawned by Silicon Valley’s Singularity University – a think tank, business incubator and education centre rolled into one – kicks off tomorrow at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works and includes presentations on the future of health, transportation and balancing privacy and freedom in the Digital Age.
There will also be a satellite event at the MaRS Discovery District, co-hosted by U of T.
Singularity’s arrival in Toronto is yet another example of how the city is emerging as a key centre for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“It’s one of these things that’s drawing the lightning to Toronto when it comes to technology prowess, startups and innovation,” said Mario Grech, a co-founder and co-director the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab, or DCSIL, one of several entrepreneurship hubs on campus.
“It’s a real recognition that Canada – and specifically Toronto – is arriving.”
Grech will host the satellite event at MaRS. It includes livestreams of presentations from the main stage as well as separate panel discussions on blockchain – the distributed ledger technology on which cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are based – and the role of artificial intelligence, or AI, in the medical field.
Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun, head of Uber’s new self-driving vehicle lab in Toronto, is scheduled to give a presentation on “Mobility Reimagined” on Thursday.
The panel on AI in medicine will be moderated by Assistant Professor Frank Rudzicz, a rehabilitation scientist at the University Health Network. Rudzicz is also a co-founder of WinterLight Labs, which uses machine learning and speech samples to detect signs of dementia in patients. Also on the panel is Assistant Professor Anna Goldenberg, a scientist in the genetics and genome biology program at SickKids Research Institute.
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