2nd Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnering Forum

Smart Computing Partnering Forum attracts strong interest

More than 200 participants representing the smart computing, big data, and cyber-security  sectors attended OCE’s recent Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnership Forum.

Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence at the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Jan. 20, the event was held in partnership with SOSCIP and NSERC and powered by IBM Canada.

“The event was a resounding success and speaks to the growing interest in big data analytics amongst Ontario companies and researchers,” says OCE President and CEO Tom Corr. 

The aim of the program is to continue to advance the development and commercialization of leading-edge technologies and applications related to high performance computing and big data.

“We are hopeful that today’s session will result in  some great opportunities for developing the creative collaborations that will lead to innovative products that can capture the attention of global markets and build an increasingly competitive economy for Ontario,” Dr. Corr says. 

OCE is especially grateful to presenters Vaughn Betz, Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Peter Suma, Co-CEO, Applied Brain Research; Alex Voznyy, Principal Scientist of the Sargent Group (U of T); Shyam Ramchandani, COO and Co-Founder of Analytics for Life; and Elizabeth Caley, COO of Meta.

OCE is offering the industry-academic collaboration as part of its Collaboration Voucher program, which is funded by the Government of Ontario. The Challenge is providing $7.5 million over two years.  As a result of the first round, launched in June, seven projects across a broad spectrum of areas are already underway.

For more information about eligibility and application steps for the second round of the R&D Challenge , please see OCE’s website.


Opening remarks
Tom Corr, President & CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence; Director, SOSCIP Board
John Capone, Vice President Research, Western University; Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors
Dan Sinai, Senior Executive, Innovation, IBM

SOSCIP Overview
Elissa Strome, Executive Director, SOSCIP

Smart Computing R&D Challenge Overview
Pamela Kanellis, Program Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

SOSCIP Infrastructure Overview
Sean Wagner, Research Scientist, IBM Canada Research & Development Centre

SUCCESS STORY – FPGA-based Simulations for Targeted Cancer Phototherapy
Vaughn Betz, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto; NSERC/Altera Industrial
Research Chair in Programmable Silicon

SUCCESS STORY – Characterizing the Properties of a New Class of Solar Cells using the Blue Gene/Q
Alex Voznyy, Principal Scientist, Sargent Group, Electrical & Computer Engineering,
University of Toronto

SUCCESS STORY – Mapping the Scientific Literature with High-Performance Computing
Elizabeth Caley, Chief Operating Office, Meta

How to Apply – Application Workshop
Pamela Kanellis, Program Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page 

2nd Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnership Forum Presented by OCE, NSERC, SOSCIP & Powered by IBM

Posted by Ontario Centres of Excellence on Thursday, January 21, 2016