Helge is an award-winning technologist, entrepreneur, and a recognized global authority on technology transfer and display technologies. His past successes include the transformation of raw university IP into fully commercialized LED TV technology, including selling his last company – Brightside Technologies – to Dolby Laboratories after sealing partnerships with several of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Helge holds over 50 patents in the fields of display, camera and video technology.
Since starting her career as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Emilie has led finance functions for prominent technology companies: Softimage, CGI, and most recently for Averna Technologies, a US$30M business with 300 employees, whom she served as CFO. Emilie holds degrees from McGill University, HEC and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Matt’s career in innovation began in 2001 with DARPA-funded work developing a legged robotics platform acquired by Boston Dynamics (now Google). After a period in Core Engineering at Bombardier aerospace, he co-founded and was CEO of two startups: one an incubator spinning out innovative technologies; the other a retail automation franchisor. Other roles have included Product Manager, VP Operations and Chief Quality Officer at medical imaging startup Aurora Interactive and VP Operations at clean tech company EcoPower (acquired by Mi-Jack). Matt holds an engineering degree from McGill University.
Stefan has been an entrepreneur and manager for over ten years and has gathered his experience in a number of industries. He holds a degree in accounting and entrepreneurship from McGill University.
Viththiya has strong interpersonal skills and three years of work experience in Accounting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.
Lambert has considerable interest for robotics. It is a well-balanced mixture of mechanical, electrical and software engineering. He has a passion for learning and teaching the knowledge acquired in these topics. After graduating in Computer Engineering, he founded the non-profit organization Helios Makerspace which is an open-community workshop that is committed to popularize the pillars of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). He has always been fascinated by team dynamics and team building. Lambert is now working at TandemLaunch as the Staff Technologist to help tech entrepreneurs grow their ideas into concrete products. His role is to help them engineer a reliable set of prototypes and products.
Claudia is a curious polyglot with a command of six languages and experience living in several countries, making her a good fit to assemble diversified teams at TandemLaunch. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Strategy from McGill University.
Omar has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University where he worked on the use of biomaterials as templates for the self-assembly of plasmonic metamaterials. His research at the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry and physics has nurtured a deep interest in seeking problems at the intersection of scientific disciplines. Omar’s role is to identify academic research that will form the basis of the next generation of consumer electronics startups.
Michal is passionate about research, innovation, and developing new technology, whether it’s natural or man-made. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Biophysics (Co-op), where he studied various aspects of protein structure using advanced spectroscopic and computational methods. He completed his PhD at McGill University where he studied the self-assembly of the cell’s cytoskeleton using purified components and single-molecule fluorescence imaging techniques.
Gina has a broad interest in nanotech, next-generation sequencing, and renewable energy. She holds a BEng in EE (Carleton) and an MSc in EE (Columbia), and is currently completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at McGill on developing single-molecule protein assays for breast cancer biomarker profiling and point-of-care diagnostic tests for global health.
Eleonora is an experimental physicist and she was responsible for an ultrafast spectroscopy laboratory. Eleonora holds a Master degree and a PhD in Physics. Her scientific interests have mostly focused on the characterization of new materials for a broad range of different applications such as novel classes of photovoltaic devices or the development of a new generation of lasers. She likes experimental challenges and worked both in university laboratories and in large facilities.
Sarah has five years’ experience in management consulting, where she advised and supported C-suite clients of a wide array of industries with key corporate strategy services. She focused on growth and innovation strategies and managed projects that involved strategic planning, performance assessment, market analysis and entry strategies, customer segmentation, acquisition due diligences, financial modeling and action plans deployment. She started her career at Deloitte Consulting and later joined KPMG Deal Advisory through the acquisition of SECOR, a specialized boutique firm. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a double master’s degree in International Commerce (MIM, CEMS) from ESADE Barcelona and Singapore National University.
Mr. Cheung is the CEO of Tactex Asset Management, and portfolio manager for the Tactex F1 Private Equity Fund. Through the course of his 20+ years in the industry, he has managed strategy, technology and operations for equities, derivatives, fixed income, and foreign exchange businesses throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.
Mrs. Nathalie Marcoux has 20 years in the finance industry and been the VP Finance of Capinabel Inc. since 2001. She sits on the boards of the Anges Québec private investors’ network, TC Transcontinental, and Toujours Ensemble. Mrs. Marcoux is a Remi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Program and Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management committee member at HEC.
Over the last 25 years Tim Tokarsky has been a founder, board member, investor and operational manager in many successful (and unsuccessful) tech start-ups, including WysDM software, Organovo, Brightscope, Mediapartnerships.com, Potentia Solar and Micromuse. Micromuse and Organoov listed on major US exchanges, WysDM was acquired by EMC. Tim is currently an angel investor in bio-tech, high tech and green tech companies.
Dominique Ferst has 20 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and business operator in the financial services, telecom and web industries. Companies he has founded include TradeFreedom, Ferst Communications, and Odyssey Internet. At Ferst Capital Partners, Dominique manages a portfolio of early stage tech companies and debt and equity investments to the lower-middle market.
Holding 6 patents, Jean François Grenon brings more than 30 years of telecom and wireless expertise, as a founder, manager, shareholder, and inventor. Prior to forming Vectrad Networks in 2000 and NexTFund Capital in 2003, Jean-François was President and CEO of Innova Corporation, which he took public in 1997. He sits on the board of several innovative companies, including OptoSecurity, and iLoc.
Charles Bombardier is an engineer, ideator and angel investor. He’s writes weekly in the Toronto Globe & Mail and his concepts on the future of mobility are published in worldwide media outlets. In 2015, he founded Imaginactive.org a non profitorganisation that inspires students to create, improve, share and build innovative concepts and prototypes.
With close to 20 years investment experience, Eric is a founder and managing partner of White Star Capital, a seed to early stage transatlantic VC fund. Previously, he was a founding member and Partner of Messier & Associés, worked M&A with Merrill Lynch, and Private Equity and Corporate Finance with ABN AMRO. He has been involved with over 50 M&A transactions valued in excess of $10 billion.
Greg Ward has been involved in 3-D and 2-D computer graphics since 1985, and is the principal author of the widely referenced Radiance lighting simulation and rendering system. His research includes global illumination, reflectance models, high dynamic range image processing and color perception. He has been employed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, EPFL Switzerland, SGI, Shutterfly, Exponent, and BrightSide Technologies.
Charles is Associate Director, Venture Capital Strategic Investments with BDC Capital, where he focuses on investments in seed VC funds, micro VC funds and company creation plarforms. Charles’ previous work experience spans institutional investment research and advisory, academic research and entrepreneurship, in IT and cleantech. Charles holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, an MSc. from the London School of Economics and is a CFA charterholder.
Pierre is CEO and Chairman of the Board for Maestro Management and member of Anges Québec. As a serial entrepreneur and investor, he sits at the Board of several ventures, where he excels as a charismatic and consensual leader in environments where partnership, respect and discipline are key.
Alan is a Professor of Visualisation at WMG, University of Warwick, UK and a Royal Society Industrial Fellow. He has published over 220 papers in leading journals and international conferences. Alan is Founder and Innovation Director of goHDR’ Ltd., a UK representative on IST/37 considering standards within MPEG, and was Chair of EU COST Action “IC1005 HDR” that co-ordinated HDR research across Europe to facilitate its widespread uptake.
Annette is a postdoctoral fellow in the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Vienna University of Technology. She received her PhD from Vienna University of Technology. She was previously working at Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics and the MIT Media Lab. Mrs. Mossel has more than 7 years of experience in creating innovative immersive virtual experiences with a research focus on 3D human computer interaction and optical tracking. She is a reviewer for a number of scientific conferences and journals.
Dr. Liu is a William Dawson Scholar and an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University. He also worked as the Samuel R. Thompson Chaired Associate Professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and as a visiting faculty at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. His expertise is in computer and communication networks, real-time and embedded systems, cyber-physical systems and IoT, green computing and smart energy technologies. He has published over 200 research papers in major peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Science Researcher Prizes from the Canadian Association of Computer Science.
Björn was entitled Adjunct Teaching Professor from TUM where he headed the Machine Intelligence and Signal Processing Group from 2006 to 2014. At present, he is Full Professor and head of the Chair of Complex and Intelligent Systems at the University of Passau. At the same time he is an Associate Professor at Imperial College London, co-founding CEO of audEERING UG, a permanent Visiting Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin/P.R.China and an Associate of the Université de Genève in and Joanneum Research, Institute for Information and Communication Technologies.
Donald is the program manager in charge of vision technologies at the Institut National d’Optique (INO). He is responsible for defining technological roadmaps that are aligned with client and anticipated market needs. Donald has over 20 years of experience as a team leader and project leader in vision system development. His current interests in machine vision are video analytics, sensor networks and sensor fusion.
For many years, Eugene has been involved in the science and technology of computer graphics, digital media and high-performance systems. He is professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, served on various boards, including Tucows, Inc., and was the Director of Research and Usability Engineering at Alias/Wavefront. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is the leader of the Stanford Computational Imaging Group. Prior to joining Stanford in 2014, Prof. Wetzstein was a Research Scientist in the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia in 2011 and graduated with Honors from the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany before that. His doctoral dissertation won the Alain Fournier Ph.D. Dissertation Annual Award. He founded displayblocks.org as a forum for sharing computational display design instructions with the DIY community, and presented a number of courses on Computational Displays and Computational Photography at ACM SIGGRAPH. Gordon won best paper awards at the ICCP in 2011 and 2014 as well as a Laval Virtual Award in 2005.
John is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University. His research focuses on, the applications of thin film electronics in displays, sensing, energy harvesting, and communication. In addition to his academic work, he serves as an advisor to several technology companies and is a co-founder of Chromation, Lumiode, and Radiator Labs.
Joshua is a Reader in Audio Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Audio Engineering Society, and has published more than 100 scientific papers. He has a strong track record of commercializing academic research, with an extensive patent portfolio and several licensing deals, in addition to co-founding the company MixGenius, now known as LANDR.
Marco is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Computer Science (by courtesy) at Rutgers University’s Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB). He directs research in mobile computing, is a pioneer in the area of location privacy and recognized for his work on connected vehicles.
Mark is a Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education of RIT’s College of Science and Director of the Program of Color Science and Munsell Color Science Laboratory. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Imaging Science from RIT. and Ph.D. in Vision Science from the University of Rochester. He is author of over 300 technical publications and the book, Color Appearance Models, 3rd Ed., which serves as a reference to the fundamentals of color appearance. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology.
Nicu is a Professor in the University of Trento, Italy, where he is leading the research in the areas of multimedia information retrieval and human-computer interaction in computer vision applications. He was a general chair of ACM Multimedia 2013 and a program chair of ACM Multimedia 2007 and 2011. He is a program chair of ECCV 2016 and ICCV 2017 and a general chair of ICMR 2017. Currently he is the ACM SIGMM Director of Conferences. He is a fellow of IAPR and a Senior member of ACM and IEEE.
Rafal is Senior Lecturer at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK. His main interests are imaging algorithms that adapt to human visual performance in order to deliver the best images given limited resources, such as bandwidth, computation time or display contrast. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science in 2006 (Germany).
Sivasubramanian is a research associate professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial engineering at Northeastern University since 2013. His areas of expertise are standard CMOS nanolithography/nanofabrication and characterization methods for solid-state devices, directed assembly of nanomaterials, NEMS, Carbon nanotube based chemical and biological sensors, infrared energy harvesting systems, anisotropic Magneto resistive sensors, spintronics and Magneto electric devices. He has published over 40 refereed journal papers and has been part of numerous grants from government and industry. He has authored more than 10 worldwide and US patents.
Wolfgang has been serving as the Director of the Visual Computing Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) since 2014. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, a position he has held since 2000. Prof. Heidrich’s interests lie in computational imaging and display, as well as other aspects of computer graphics and machine vision.
Charles is a Professor in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University. He holds the James McGill Chair for studies on the Neurobiology of Hydration. His laboratory is part of the BRAIN Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. Ongoing projects aim to define the molecular and network mechanisms that mediate body fluid homeostasis. Charles has served on (or chaired) many provincial or Federal peer-review committees for science funding. He is a current member on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, and serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Neurophysiology and the Journal of Neuroendocrinology.
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Aerial creates technology that understands a person’s movements like never before. We are introducing the next generation of device-free, ambient Indoor Activity Recognition. We build intelligent activity profiles individuals as they interact with wireless signals that already exist in the environment. For the first time, a person’s location, gestures and activities can be turned into a personalized signature as unique as their own fingerprint.
Airy:3D delivers depth, simply. Our suite of passive light-field recovery technologies combines next-generation patented imaging hardware with cutting edge image processing techniques. Whether for human computer interfacing, photography, or augmented and virtual reality, our single-sensor depth solutions enables 3D machine vision without sacrificing image quality.
Sensing Dynamics develops CLOUDSENSE, an electronic nose platform. CLOUDSENSE is a ubiquitous chemical sensing platform technology that can quantify and ID chemical footprints that are omnipresent in our environment. The ability to sense chemical fingerprints in a ubiquitous computing environment can provide the context to the decision making process in smart devices.
SensAura is a technology that tracks emotions in real time by analysing your physiological signals using your skin conductivity and heart activity. Our software can extract his biofeedback from any compatible smart wearables which can then unlock an array of emotion-based applications. We are providing the opportunity to interact with your environment according on how you feel.
Mirametrix enables natural human-computer interaction on all consumer electronics powered by its breakthrough Attention Sensing technology. Customers, OEMs and ISVs worldwide are adopting the company’s flagship software platform, Glance by Mirametrix™, to create novel and intuitive user experiences across all devices. Founded in 2011, the team consists of technologists who excel in computer vision, software development and user experience design.
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