Speakers

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

JOSHUA WONG

Energy Systems

Joshua Wong is President and CEO of Opus One Solutions, a software engineering and solutions company empowering the sustainable energy economy, in improve grid reliability, utilization, and efficiency, as well as unlock grid potential for 100% clean energy. Wong was furthermore the smart grid and grid solutions lead at Toronto Hydro, where he led the policy, strategy, business, and engineering development of Toronto's smart grid infrastructure, including a 25-year smart grid roadmap.

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NAOMI GINSBERG

Physics

Naomi S. Ginsberg is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics at University of California, Berkeley and a Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences and Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Imaging Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She currently focuses on elucidating the electronic and molecular dynamics in a wide variety of soft electronic and biological materials by devising new electron and optical imaging modalities that enable characterization of fast and ultrafast processes at the nanoscale and as a function of their heterogeneities.

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GEOFFREY HINTON

Electrical and Computer

Geoffrey Hinton received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh in 1978.  He is now an emeritus distinguished professor at Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is also a distinguished researcher at Google. Geoffrey Hinton was one of the researchers who introduced the backpropagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. His other contributions to neural network research include Boltzmann machines, distributed representations, time-delay neural nets, mixtures of experts, variational learning and deep learning.  His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs that revolutionized speech recognition and object classification.

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MATTHEW ZEILER

Robotics

Matthew Zeiler is the Founder and CEO of Clarifai, which uses machine learning and deep neural networks to understand images and launched with the world’s best published object recognition system. Prior to founding Clarifai, he interned at the Google Brain group where he learned how to use machine learning to tackle real world problems. While an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, he founded Review-Mate, an online platform that sells course-specific review booklets to university students across North America. He holds a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Computer Science from New York University.

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CHRISTINE TOVEE

Aerospace

Christine Tovee grew up in Sudbury, ON dreaming of being an astronaut. She holds a bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science- Aerospace Option. She later attended MIT in Cambridge, MA earning her masters degree in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Her research contributed to an experiment completed during the Neurolab space shuttle mission. She has 15 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries located in Europe and North America mainly with BAE SYSTEMS and Airbus Group (formerly EADS) focusing on engineering management and research and innovation. Highlight projects included Paradigm Skynet V military satellite communications network and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) including supporting the UK Ministry of Defence in developing their future UAV strategy. 

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NORMAN DOIDGE

Biomedical Systems

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, essayist, and poet, on faculty at the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and, Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  He has written over 170 scientific and popular articles. His early writing was on trauma, the schizoid character, the diagnoses of people psychoanalysis. He served as head of the Assessment Clinic at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the Psychotherapy Center in the 1990s. He is best known for his writing on neuroplasticity and neuroscience. His book,The Brain That Changes Itself has sold over a million copies, and has been made into two documentary films. He has presented his research at the United Nations, the White House, and Royal Society of Arts London etc.  

 

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JONATHAN SUN

Infrastructure

Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun and everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too (HarperPerennial, 2017). He is currently a doctoral student at MIT, an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies social media and online community. He previously studied as an architect (M.Arch., Yale, 2015) and engineer (B.A.Sc., EngSci Infra 1T1+PEY, University of Toronto).

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ANGELA TRAN KINGYENS

Math, Stats & Finance

Angela Tran Kingyens is a partner at Version One Ventures and invests in early stage startups. She is also a member of the Computer History Museum’s advisory board where she leads their growth and engagement initiatives. She is an alumna of the University of Toronto, holding a BASC in Engineering Science, and a Masters and PhD in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. 

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