VISTA Innovation Seminar Series

Upcoming Events
A Braze(n) Journey of Smart Wheelchairs: from Research to Market

Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2019
LAS 3033, Lassonde Building, York University

Pooja Viswanathan, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder, Braze Mobility

Dr. Pooja Viswanathan has a passion for improving accessibility and independence for people with physical disabilities. She has completed doctoral and post-doctoral research in robotics and assistive technologies, and has been working with smart wheelchair technology for over a decade.

She has secured competitive grants and earned prestigious scholarships/fellowships from NSERC, Google, Precarn, Alzheimer’s Society, Ontario Brain Institute, and the AGE-WELL Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), totaling over $325,000. She currently leads business and customer development at Braze, and also acts as a consultant to many Canadian networks and organizations in the areas of knowledge translation and commercialization.

Please register here.

Previous Events
Athletic Testing and Machine Learning

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
BSB 164, York University

Shea Balish, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Raghavender Sahdev, M.Sc.
AI Scientist in Residence, Next Canada

In this seminar, Shea will share his entrepreneurial journey in co-founding Curv Labs. Curv leverages recent advances in computer vision and Deep Learning to model human movement from monocular video (mobile device) to produce a diagnostic tool for identifying movement pathologies or areas of musculoskeletal health and human performance. As a NextAI founder, Shea will also talk about the NextAI program, and how it has contributed to his success.

He is accompanied by Raghavender, who is an AI Scientist in Residence with Next Canada. Raghavender will talk on how Next Canada programs support ventures from a technical perspective as well as business wise. He will also share his experience in working with different start-ups (involved in NextAI) and talk briefly about the role of education / research in the context of start-ups.


Active Safety Systems, Computer Vision & Algorithms

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
LAS 3033, Lassonde Building, York University

Amanda Kalhous, M.Eng.
Engineering Group Manager, Front Camera Module, General Motors
Behzad Khademian, Ph.D.
Software Developer, High Definition Localization & Maps Module, General Motors


VR/AR Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Friday, 1 June 2018
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, KT 519, Kaneff Tower, York University

Join us for a Panel Discussion where three entrepreneurs talk about their VR/AR companies!

Alexandra Campbell, Co-founder at Kavtek Software Corp
Kavtek offers home remodelling solutions leveraging augmented reality for the real estate and home improvement industries.

Alex Theodorou, Founder at Ocutherapy
Ocutherapy offers rehabilitiation serveices for patients with brain injury using virtual reality technologies.

Charles Bern, Partner at PATIO Interactive Inc.
PATIO Interactive is a design and marketing agency specializing in creating solutions with AR/VR.


VR: How Many Pixels & How Fast?

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, YL 280N, York Lanes, York University

Presenter: Ed Callway, M.Eng., Entertainment Architect, AMD

This seminar will examine some of the issues consumer VR has faced moving from rough prototypes a few years ago, to a volume product today. Building on a base of PC gaming engines and cell phone parts sounded easy, but VR is actually much harder to do well than regular gaming. Issues such as cost, comfort, content availability and mass-produced parts all interact with immersion and storytelling. Behind the tech are important human factors ranging from discomfort to audio clues. Ed Callway is a former medical ultrasound developer who has spent nearly 30 years bringing immersive audio and video into PCs; which previously displayed green text and beeped.

Commercializing University Research - The Rise of Robot Doctors?

January 16th, 2018

Presenter: Dr. Farnoud Kazemzadeh, Co-founder and CEO, Elucid Labs

Farnoud is the co-founder and CEO of Elucid Labs, a medical technology company that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and computational imaging for various applications in medicine. Elucid Labs’ primary product is AIDA, an augmented intelligence imaging solution for early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer. Elucid Labs, which was founded in Dec 2016, was named by CIX as one of Canada's top 20 most innovative companies.

Farnoud received his B.Sc. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Waterloo, he then went on to do his M.Sc. in space sciences at the International Space University in France. He then pursued his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in optical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.


Augmented Reality Tech for the Beauty Industry

November 22nd, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Alex Levinshtein, Director of Computer Vision, ModiFace

ModiFace is the leading provider of Augmented Reality technology for the beauty industry. ModiFace's patented technology, which is based on more than a decade of advanced facial recognition research at Stanford University and the University of Toronto, includes live 3D makeup simulation, live anti-aging/skin-care simulation, and hair style and color simulation.

In this talk, Alex will focus on live hair color augmentation on mobile devices which is one of ModiFace’s technologies.


Intellectual Property (IP) Seminar

October 10th, 2017

IP essentials followed by best IP strategies in computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence

Presenter: Anil Bhole
Lawyer, Patent Agent, Trademark Agent, BHOLE IP LAW

This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of IP rights as they pertain to technology (patents, trade secrets)
  • Protection strategies
  • Considerations for software IP
  • Analysis of patentability of machine learning technologies across various applications (i.e. manufacturing, image processing, natural language processing, neural network configurations)