2019 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?

2019 Program Booklet

To view the 2019 program schedule and speaker bios, click here.

Photos

Photos: Simon Fraser University 2019

People

Invent the Future Team

Dr. Angelica Lim
CO-DIRECTOR, INVENT THE FUTURE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE

Dr. Steven Bergner
HEAD INSTRUCTOR, INVENT THE FUTURE

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE

Dr. Ouldooz Baghban Karimi
CO-DIRECTOR, INVENT THE FUTURE

LECTURER, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE

Mary Le
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, INVENT THE FUTURE

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, FACULTY OF EDUCATION

Program Mentors

Kamila Bekshentayeva

Master’s student in engineering science with research interests in virtual network embedding and network security

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Kamila is originally from Kazakhstan. She has 3 years of work experience at Samsung and IBM. Apart from work and classes, she loves spending time with her family, traveling, and discovering new things.

Neha Sharma

PhD candidate with research interests in multimedia networking, computer vision and machine learning

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Neha’s current research focuses on Hyperspectral imaging using deep learning models for mobile applications. She enjoys travelling to different places with family and friends. In her free time, she loves to paint and watch movies.

Project 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.

Liz Lockhart

Master’s student in engineering science with research interests in computer vision

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Liz works in the Laboratory for Robotic Vision, where she is developing techniques to predict viable embryos for IVF treatment. She enjoys cooking and long walks along the ocean.

Pooya Moradi

Master’s student with research interest in natural language processing and machine learning

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Pooya has 3.5 years of professional industry experience. He currently works in the Natural Language Processing lab working on Machine Translation. He is an experienced hiker and backpacker!

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.

Nishant Kambhatia

PhD student in computing science with research interests in natural language processing

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Nishant is an avid Star Wars fan and has made numerous attempts to create his own C-3P0. He holds two Masters degrees in Software Engineering and Computer Science, and spends his free time solving Sudoku puzzles or playing video games on his Xbox.

Mahsa Maleki Abyaneh

Master’s student in computing science

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Mahsa’s research focuses on Computer Vision. She enjoys painting during her free time!

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.

Invent the Future Alumnae Mentors

Carolyn Chen

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Carolyn is an alumna of the Invent the Future program from 2018. She is looking forward to beginning her undergraduate studies in the fall and has done volunteering at the Natural Language Processing lab.

Kimia Rostin

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Kimia is a recent high school graduate and STEM enthusiast from Dr. Charles Best Secondary, where she was a Math & Science Peer-Tutor, and President of the computer science club. Besides programming, Kimia also enjoys volunteering at healthcare facilities and playing the piano.

Sarah Li

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Sarah Li is attending university in the fall and hopes to use AI in conjunction with medicine to help tackle global issues and increase access to seek medical attention.

Melody Thomson

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Melody is a previous Invent the Future alumna and intends to pursue computing science moving forward into post secondary. She loves trying new things and travelling.

Communication Lead

Sevil Baghban Karimi

SFU BSC Computing Science Alumna

 

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Sevil enjoys photography and is a novice filmaker

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