Visual Computing Program Launch


SFU’s Professional Master’s Program in Visual Computing, the first program of its kind in Canada, will be welcoming its inaugural cohort in September 2018. The program has been created to meet the rapidly growing demand in Canada and abroad for highly skilled professionals in computer vision, AR/VR, robotics and machine learning.

We are exicted about our new program and hope you can join us for the formal launch. We'll introduce the new program, hear from industry partners about the potential of visual computing in industry, and listen to SFU alumni who are currently working in related fields. A meet and greet over lunch will follow the talk. There will also be project demonstrations showcasing current visual computing research that SFU graduate students are undertaking in their labs.


Tuesday, September 11th, 2018. 10:30am to 1:00pm (registration opens at 10:00am). Lunch included


SFU Big Data Hub, 10905 Applied Sciences Building (ASB)
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6


If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator for Visual Computing, Rasheed Ahmed, at

Event Agenda

10:00AM – 10:30AM

10:30AM - 10:45AM
Hao (Richard) Zhang, Program Director, SFU Professional Master's Program in Visual Computing

10:45AM - 11:00AM
Ryan Nadel, Senior Program Manager , Microsoft

11:00AM - 11:15AM
Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Principal Engineer, Magic Leap

11:15AM - 11:30AM
Nima Aghdaii, Software Engineer, Snapchat
(SFU alumnus)

11:30AM - 11:45AM
Maryam Sadeghi, CEO, MetaOptima
(SFU alumnus)

11:45AM - 11:55AM
Paula Scott & Eunice Koh, SFU Professional Master's Program Co-op

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Meet & Greet | Lunch | Project Showcase


Hao (Richard) Zhang | Program Director, Professional Master's Programs, SFU

Hao (Richard) Zhang is a full professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, where he directs the graphics (GrUVi) lab, serves as the Program Director, Professional Master's Programs and also as the Associate Director, Research and Industrial Relations. Richard obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, MMath and BMath degrees from the University of Waterloo, all in computer science. His research is in computer graphics with a focus on geometry modeling, shape analysis, 3D content creation, machine learning, and computational design and fabrication.


Ryan Nadel | Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Talk title: Mixed Realities

Once a journalist covering military action and cultural issues in the middle east, Ryan Nadel has dedicated the bulk of his career to emerging technology. As the co-founder of a startup incubator, he was an early advocate for the application of machine learning, artificial intelligence and neuro-linguistic programming in the entertainment sector. Ryan also launched a gaming platform for kids that brought augmented reality to the playground and has been applied to more than 3000 active playgrounds across North America and Europe. Outside of his own endeavours, he has consulted for Telus, Random House Pantheon, Showcase, Emerging Pictures, Vimeo and the US Dept fo Energy. Today, Ryan is a Senior Program Manager for mixed reality applications at Microsoft, leading a team focused on driving digital transformation within the industrial sector. 

Maryam Sadeghi | CEO, MetaOptima

Talk title: The Future is here - Visual Computing for Intelligent Skin Cancer Diagnostics

Maryam Sadeghi, the CEO and Co-Founder of MetaOptima Technology, completed her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in the Medical Image Analysis lab. In 2012, she co-founded MetaOptima Technology in Vancouver, Canada, where MoleScope and DermEngine were developed for intelligent skin analytics, imaging, and management. In 2016, Dr. Sadeghi made the Business In Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Awards List for her innovative work and successful commercialization of DermEngine (an intelligent dermatology platform) and MoleScope (a mobile dermoscope). Recently, Maryam was credited as one of BC’s most influential women in BC Business Magazine, and her company was listed as a “Ready To Rocket” business in the area of digital health.


Victor Ng-Thow-Hing | Principal Engineer, Magic Leap

Talk Title:  Taking a Magic Leap of Faith with Spatial Computing and Mixed Reality

Victor is a principal engineer at Magic Leap, which is building a mixed reality spatial computing platform for creating novel ways of interacting with digital content inside our physical world. At Magic Leap, he has worked on environment reconstruction, prototypes for AR solutions, and most recently, as the lead for Avatar Chat, a collaborative, social application in mixed reality. Previously, he was a Principal Scientist at the Honda Research Institute, working on projects ranging from digital human modeling, human-robot interaction, and augmented reality car windshields. Victor obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Computer Science program as a member of the Dynamic Graphics Project under the supervision of Dr. Eugene Fiume.

Nima Aghdaii | Senior Software Engineer, Snap Inc.

Talk title: From Computer Graphics to Silicon Valley

Nima Aghdaii is a senior software engineer at Snap Inc., where he has been working on Ads Auction and Pacing for the past two years. He began his professional career at Facebook, where he spent five years in Spam Fighting and Ads Delivery. Prior to Facebook, Nima was a graduate student at SFU where he worked in Computer Graphics under the supervision of Dr. Richard Zhang.

Registration for the event is now closed. Thank you to all who have registered for the launch!