2018 Program

Topics

Robots

Humanoid robots and self-driving cars are already reality in some countries. We will explore how to build a robot brain, and imbue them with physical and even emotional intelligence.

Computer Vision

New smartphones are able to recognise your face with high enough accuracy to unlock the phone. How do they do that? We'll learn the techniques used to make machines understand our visual world.

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Chatbots like Amazon Alexa or Siri are able to understand our words and even converse! NLP is letting us do great things like translate automatically from one language to another, or type by using our voice instead of our fingers.

Recommendation Systems

Services like Netflix and Last.fm are able to use massive amounts of data to suggest a movie you might like, or a new song you might want to listen to. How does this work? Can we predict the future?

2018 Program Booklet

To view the 2018 program schedule and speaker bios, click here.

Photos

Photos: Simon Fraser University 2018

People

Invent the Future Team

Dr. Angelica Lim
DIRECTOR, INVENT THE FUTURE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE

Dr. Greg Mori
PROGRAM VISIONARY, INVENT THE FUTURE

PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE

Alexandra Kasper, M.Sc.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, INVENT THE FUTURE

GRADUATE STUDENT, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING DESIGN

Daniela Abasi
PROGRAM VISIONARY, INVENT THE FUTURE

MANAGER OF OUTREACH PROGRAMS, FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Project Mentors

Alice Yue

PHD CANDIDATE IN BIOINFORMATICS

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Alice’s research focuses on flow cytometry data analytics. She sorts cells into their respective cell types and uses this data to infer useful biological information. Alice loves anime and going for long walks by busy streets.

Maryam Hayati

PHD CANDIDATE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AND BIOINFORMATICS

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Maryam investigates the idea of using phylogenetic properties to predict influenza strains that would persist into the future. Her hobbies include painting, reading novels and watching movies.

Murad Ali

MASTER'S STUDENT IN COMPUTING SCIENCE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION 

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Murad has 1.5 years of professional experience in data science. A die heart Manchester United fan, he enjoys playing soccer and basketball.

Srishti Yadav

MASTER'S STUDENT IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE

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Srishti works on implementing a robotics vision system to aid the elderly people in their day-to-day activities. She is also an Origami master!

Bita Azari

GRADUATE STUDENT

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Originally from Iran, Bita studies computer science with a main focus in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

Megha Nawhal

PHD CANDIDATE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTER VISION, MACHINE LEARNING AND HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION

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Previously, Megha was a researcher with the Cognitive Industry Solutions team at IBM Research, Bangalore. Apart from work, she loves to travel and write poems in Hindi and Urdu.

Nadia Ghobadipasha

MASTER'S STUDENT IN COMPUTING SCIENCE

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Nadia works in the Natural Language Processing lab. She enjoys solving the Rubik's cube!

Yasaman Etesam

MASTER’S STUDENT WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTER VISION

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Yasaman is working in VML lab. Her bachelor's degree was in Electrical Engineering, so she would be happy to help anyone in a dilemma between CS and EE.

Program Mentors

Raquel Aoki

PHD CANDIDATE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN MACHINE LEARNING AND BIOINFORMATICS

 

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Raquel's research goal is identify genes that contribute to cancer development using Artificial Intelligence. In her free time, she likes hiking during the summer and reading during the winter.

Sachini Herath

MASTER'S STUDENT WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTER VISION

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Sachini’s current research focuses on a data driven approach for inertial navigation. During her free time, she loves to bake, read and spend time among trees.

Leaders

Siri Dhillon

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING, HONOURS PROGRAM

 

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Siri is an international student from India who is passionate about Robotics. She also finds elephants to be really fascinating creatures.

Tatenda Jakaza

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

 

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Tatenda is an international student from Zimbabwe who enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends when she isn't in the engineering labs or doing homework.

Activity Leader

Marie-Rose Huellas-Bruskiewicz

STUDENT IN KINESIOLOGY

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When she isn’t busy studying, Marie-Rose represents Canada in the sport of fencing. She is excited to teach you the way of the sword and how the tricks you play on your opponents can relate to the world of computational thinking.

Communication Lead

Kitty Cheung

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN WORLD LITERATURE

 

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Kitty enjoys skateboarding, writing poetry and serenading her mother with her ukulele.

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