By Anne Kershaw
More than 200 participants representing the smart computing, big data and cybersecurity sectors attended the recent Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnership Forum, hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
Held at the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Jan. 20, the event was offered through a 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 Dr. 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 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.
Participants at the event included five leaders of OCE-supported companies: Vaughn Betz, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto (U of T) spoke about using big data analytics to aid photodynamic cancer treatments. Peter Suma, Co-CEO of Applied Brain Research discussed the simulation of the Spaun human-brain modeling system and the Blue Gene/Q supercomputer. Alex Vozny, Principal Scientist of the Sargent Group at U of T, again using the Blue Gene Q computer, spoke about their work in characterizing the properties of Solar Cells. Shyam Ramchandani, COO and Co-Founder of Analytics for Life, a medical information technology company, described its work in using advanced signal processing techniques for the purposes of assessing and diagnosing disease. Elizabeth Caley from Meta, which recently received OCE’s Martin Walmsley award, outlined the companies work in building the most robust mapping of scientific literature with HPC technology.
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