Research & Ideas

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An “A” for Teamwork

You’ve heard of crowdfunding. With crowdmarking, a U of T prof hopes to change how students are evaluated

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The Augmented Body

A learning tool that combines gaming software, 3-D modelling and a CT scan could change how students learn anatomy

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Making Traffic Smarter

An intelligent transportation system could reduce wait times at traffic lights in Toronto by more than half

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The Tiny Perfect Keyboard

As devices get smaller, a U of T company has created a keyboard that makes typing easier while using less screen space

Intelligent Clothing

Architecture grad student Stacie Vos has developed a "smart" shirt that can detect germs and protect its wearer from them

Joyce Poon. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Speed of Light

Joyce Poon is developing optical devices that could make computers vastly more powerful and a whole lot faster

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The Technopreneurs

Science students get a month-long crash course in turning an idea into a viable business at U of T’s “Techno” program

Tissue Printer developed at U of T

Second Skin

Machine-made skin being developed at U of T may be safer, faster and cheaper than traditional grafts

Do the Locomotion

U of T’s Knowledge Media Design Institute challenges its students to use media to raise awareness

Watchful Eyes

Security cameras are everywhere. A new app invites Torontonians to help map them

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Power Plants

A blueprint for an “artificial leaf” could lead to solar cells that generate a lot more power

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Solar-Powered Flight

A new kind of aircraft could fly 1,000 km powered only by the sunlight that shines on its back

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Is That Mozart, or a Machine?

Software developed at U of T can compose music in classical, pop or jazz styles – and as a solo or an ensemble of different instruments

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Ode to Joy

Master’s student Eric Wan helped develop software that allows anyone, including people with severe physical disabilities, to make music

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Say the Right Thing

Student-developed app helps people with speech problems express themselves – at a fraction of the cost of other devices

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Fighting Tooth Decay

A new way of peering inside teeth could find lesions before they become cavities and eliminate the need for “drilling and filling”

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The End of Moore’s Law?

For almost half a century, computer chips have doubled in power every 18 months. But this may not hold true for much longer, says Eugene Fiume

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The Urban Forest

"Neighbourwoods" uses Google Earth to share info about the health of city trees

Tough Love

Dating at university is supposed to be easy. But many of today’s U of T students find campus romance elusive. Enter Love@UofT, a new online matchmaker

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Like a Bird

A U of T engineering student has become the first ever to fly a human-powered “ornithopter”

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All Clear

Surveillance and surgery could both get a boost from a new kind of video camera that can focus on near and distant objects at the same time

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Polar Express

Architecture prof's Arctic designs include proposed Russia-Alaska rail link

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Cheaper Digital X-Rays

Physicist John Rowlands has invented a way to deliver high-quality X-rays at a fraction of the regular cost

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Second Opinion

The real world offers many sources of medical advice. Soon virtual worlds may, too

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Smarter Buildings

A U of T computer scientist is developing a program to help predict – and ultimately reduce – buildings’ energy use

Cool Computing

A new kind of optical switch could allow computers to run 100 times faster - without overheating

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Road Thrill

Art profs create a sparkling underside to the Gardiner Expressway

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Computer Vision

Want to know where an unidentified picture was taken? A computer program being developed at U of T can help

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Aquabot

Engineering students build a robotic "submarine"

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Mind Reader

An infrared ray may help caregivers decode the wishes of people with severe paralysis

Thirsty Lands

Rod Tennyson’s dream of a trans-African pipeline would bring clean water to millions.

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Intelligent Paper

Chemical engineer Ramin Farnood is developing “smart” packaging that could warn consumers if a food product is tainted

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Stolen Words

The Internet has made plagiarizing easier than ever. But detection methods have gone high-tech, too.