Adriana is a design and technology entrepreneurship lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a technology design translator. Her work explores the application of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, and the design patterns and business models they enable. In her role she has led multiple institutions in research strategy and business development.
Besides her academic career, Adriana is the founder of Conveyor Built, an innovation skills training and development firm. Her passion for technological literacy and open innovation inspired her to start the GYBO Robotics Network, that enables anyone to make robots with some open tech, a few tools, and a little help. She is also a member of the board of the Parametric Human Project. Adriana has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Samin has a passion for integrating AI and machine learning technology with healthcare and social issues to solve large-scale real-world problems. He is the co-founder of smartARM which develops robotic prosthetic upper-actuators which assist amputees with upper arm limb loss. The smartARM technology leverages computer vision, cloud computing, machine learning and robotic technology to allow semi-autonomous grip management.
In 2018, the smartARM team won the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup, a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Samin’s is always interested to talk to people about computational cognitive science and human-machine interaction, and he will share his insights at our upcoming Session!
Kim Cooper is the Vice President of partnerships at FIRST Robotics Canada, a charity encouraging kids and youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She is also co-chair of the Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council and was recognized as an inspiring Canadian leader in business and technology. She’s passionate about sharing the stories of underrepresented youth and is part of the movement to bring equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) into the STEM fields.
Kim is the author of the book Girls in Science: Voices for Change and she's a freelance writer for Scholastic Education on topics such as social justice and environmental issues, as well as a business instructor at Sheridan College. Kim’s career experience ranges from editor of a kids’ magazine to digital producer for youth media. Her educational background is in business, writing, and Japanese.
Alex is the Co-Founder of Robot Playtime, where he's building a learning platform to engage kids in robotics and technology. He loves playing with robots and believes they can be used as powerful tools to empower young learners to create and foster their imagination through play.
Alex completed his M.A.Sc. research in cooperative multi-robot urban search and rescue using reinforcement learning, and emotion recognition architectures for elderly social robot assistance. He has also been a mentor for Startup Boost Toronto, and an alumnus of Startup NEXT (now Startup Boost) and Next 36 (now Next Canada). Raised by his university engineering peers to like and appreciate all craft beer, you can find him practicing gymnastics and bouldering when he's not working.
At Microsoft Canada, Ricardo is leading efforts to drive great products, services, and websites that empower people and organizations to achieve more. With his passion to see people reach their full potential – including people with disabilities – Wagner’s team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and individual lives.
He leads many local initiatives to empower people with disabilities both in and out of Microsoft, and is recognized by te industry as a true leader of inclusive innovation. Outside of Microsoft, Wagner is working to support education in Africa and Latin America, co-leading a program called Myskills4Afrika. He is an avid reader, learner and traveler.