Research & Ideas

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Clearing the Air

U of T wants to drastically cut carbon emissions by 2050. It’s enlisting on-campus ingenuity for help

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Pumped Up

These 3-D printers create perfect models of life-sized human hearts, spines and other body parts

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In Machines We Trust

Blockchain has the potential to transform financial transactions. This could spell trouble for banks and other institutional go-betweens

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The Limits of AI

As artificial intelligence advances, humans need to pay closer attention to what it can and can’t do

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Hyperloop Explained

A new transportation technology could zip you from Toronto to Montreal in 45 minutes. We took a peek under the hood

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Alexa, Compose Me a Song

So far, machines are not very good at creating original art, such as pop tunes and short stories. Could it be they’re missing something uniquely human?

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Greener Pastures

Can a simple high-tech tool for farmers boost crop yields in developing countries?

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Teaching Kids How to Code

U of T undergrads are bringing the language of computers to youth in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods. Will it “future-proof” them?

Data Minding

A mathematician offers ideas on how to protect ourselves from hackers without making our digital devices impossibly complex to use

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Healing Hearts at Home

Apps such as Medly are expected to reduce hospital admission rates for heart patients while also helping them recover

Engineering PhD student Justin Kim has built nine robots not much larger than your thumb that exhibit

The Wisdom of Crowds

PhD student Justin Kim is working on intelligent “swarming” robots that could one day help rescue earthquake survivors and explore other planets

Tomi Poutanen (MASc 1998, MBA 1999), is a fellow at the Rotman School's Creative Destruction Lab.

Getting to Know You

How Tomi Poutanen is using artificial intelligence to help companies learn more about their customers’ preferences

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Brewed to a T

Using robotic technology, an engineering student lets tea drinkers create their perfect cuppa

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Robots That Play Soccer

At the end of the course, teams pit their robots against each other in an actual match on a mini-"field"

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Carbon Busters

How can Toronto reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? Munk School students propose the ways

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On the Right Track

Prof. Eric Miller wants to use improved data – and more of it – to help cities make better transit decisions

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Muscle and Metal

How a unique collaboration is making life better for a student with cerebral palsy

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Safe Passage

A student’s innovative rail car design would greatly reduce chances of an explosion

Illustration of a man who's head dissolved into geometric shapes. Computer science professor Geoffrey Hinton believes artificial intelligence will soon transform almost everything we do.

Getting Smarter

A U of T computer scientist is helping to build a new generation of intelligent machines

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Handheld Lab

U of T startup ChipCare gets set to unveil a revolutionary portable HIV blood-testing device

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Bright Idea

A U of T grad's paper-thin lamp technology could revolutionize the lighting industry

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A New Kind of Telescope

The Dragonfly telescope created at U of T and Yale has led to the discovery of never-before-seen celestial structures

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Elementary, My Dear Watson

Computer science students are developing a legal application for IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer as part of $100,000 contest

Liu and Zhu’s tracheal intubation guide system.

A Life-Saving Innovation

Recent grads win engineering design award for a low-cost medical device that will help keep patients breathing

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Detecting the DTs

New app helps physicians diagnose alcohol withdrawal – and can tell when someone is faking it

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Word Perfect

New software will help people with speech problems be more clearly understood

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Screen Time

Online courses are big, bold and potentially game-changing for higher education