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.
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.
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: Simon Fraser University 2018
Invent the Future Team
PHD CANDIDATE IN BIOINFORMATICS
Click to see Alice's bio
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.
PHD CANDIDATE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AND BIOINFORMATICS
Click to see Maryam's bio
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.
MASTER'S STUDENT IN COMPUTING SCIENCE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION
Click to see Murad's bio
Murad has 1.5 years of professional experience in data science. A die heart Manchester United fan, he enjoys playing soccer and basketball.
MASTER'S STUDENT IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE
Click to see Srishti's bio
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!
Click to see Bita's bio
Originally from Iran, Bita studies computer science with a main focus in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).
PHD CANDIDATE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTER VISION, MACHINE LEARNING AND HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
Click to see Megha's bio
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.
MASTER'S STUDENT IN COMPUTING SCIENCE
Click to see Nadia's bio
Nadia works in the Natural Language Processing lab. She enjoys solving the Rubik's cube!
MASTER’S STUDENT WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTER VISION
Click to see Yasaman's bio
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.
PHD CANDIDATE WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN MACHINE LEARNING AND BIOINFORMATICS
Click to see Raquel's bio
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.
MASTER'S STUDENT WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN COMPUTER VISION
Click to see Sachini's bio
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.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING, HONOURS PROGRAM
Click to see Siri's bio
Siri is an international student from India who is passionate about Robotics. She also finds elephants to be really fascinating creatures.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Click to see Tatenda's bio
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.
STUDENT IN KINESIOLOGY
Click to see Marie-Rose's bio
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.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN WORLD LITERATURE
Click to see Kitty's bio
Kitty enjoys skateboarding, writing poetry and serenading her mother with her ukulele.