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U of T Alumni Innovation Showcase and Mixer

Connect with U of T alumni, faculty, startups and entrepreneurs in Palo Alto for an evening of AI and machine learning.

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Join U of T alumni and friends in Palo Alto on June 22 for an event showcasing the U of T thought leaders and entrepreneurs driving innovation in AI and machine learning.

Learn about the commercialization potential of cutting-edge research and listen to venture pitches from a range of top U of T ventures, from seed stage to Series B, leveraging the latest in machine learning and data science. Networking mixer to follow.

Space is limited. Register now to secure your spot!


KEYNOTE TALK: Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Handle Adverse Weather 

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How do autonomous vehicle (AV) fleets navigate complex and immensely varied human driving environments? In his talk, U of T professor Steven L. Waslander will explore the challenges and progress made in deploying AV fleets in winter driving conditions. He'll also present emerging methods for predicting the perception uncertainty associated with each driving scene a vehicle encounters. As AV fleets expand across North America, teaching self-driving cars to handle adverse weather conditions – while learning their perception limitations – will support efforts in learning based autonomy.

About Professor Waslander

A Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Steven L. Waslander is a leading authority on autonomous aerial and ground vehicles, including multirotor drones and self-driving cars. He is the director of the Toronto Robotics and AI Laboratory, where he investigates perception systems for autonomous mobile robotics. Prof. Waslander's work has resulted in the Autonomoose, the first autonomous vehicle created at a Canadian university to drive on public roads. He received his BASc (1998) from Queen’s University, and both his MS (2002) and PhD (2007) in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.


U of T Startup Showcase 

Featuring an overview of the U of T Entrepreneurship ecosystem by Jon French, Director, U of T Entrepreneurship. Pitches from three scaling U of T ventures that are harnessing the power of AI and machine learning to create innovative solutions. Founders of all companies will be available during the networking mixer.

grid photo collage of U of T startup founders: Clockwise from top left: Derek Sham (MBA 2018), Founder & CEO of Cosm Medical; Helen Kontozopoulos, Co-Founder & Chief Tech Evangelist of ODAIA; Kirk Rodrigues (BASC 2015, MASC 2018), Co-Founder of YScope; Philip Poulidis, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ODAIA; University of Toronto logo; David Lion (BASC 2015, MASC 2018), Co-Founder of YScope.
Clockwise from top left: Derek Sham (MBA 2018), Founder & CEO of Cosm Medical; Helen Kontozopoulos, Co-Founder & Chief Tech Evangelist of ODAIA; Kirk Rodrigues (BASc 2015, MASc 2018), Co-Founder of YScope; Philip Poulidis, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ODAIA; David Lion (BASc 2015, MASc 2018), Co-Founder of YScope.  


ODAIA logoODAIA is a leader in life-sciences predictive analytics and commercial insights. ODAIA's AI-powered platform, MAPTUAL, leverages a proprietary analytics engine to help pharma companies prospect, qualify and engage health-care providers, which helps reduce patients’ time to therapy.

ODAIA in the News: closes $34M Series B.


Cosm Medical LogoAn award-winning medical device startup, Cosm Medical is leveraging the latest advancements in ultrasound, AI-driven cloud software, and 3D printing to create solutions like Gynethotics—the world's first patient-matched pessary. Cosm's focus is on modernizing women's pelvic health, from obstetrics to elderly care.

Cosm in the News: raises $4.7M in oversubscribed round.


yscopeYScope is on a mission to automate the diagnosis of software failures by providing innovative log management and troubleshooting tools for software systems. Founded by U of T PhD students and faculty, YScope aims to commercialize a variety of failure diagnosis technologies based on their cutting-edge research.



Networking Mixer

Keep the conversation going at a reception for fellow alumni, entrepreneurs, startups, business leaders, investors and community partners. Food and drinks will be provided!



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