Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Professor, Depts. of Chemistry and Computer Science, University of Toronto
In this colloquium level talk, I will overview my research group’s activities in the area of self-driving laboratories. These labs combine artificial intelligence, automation, and chemical experiments with the aim of reducing time-to-discovery. The applications that I will overview briefly will be in the area of generative AI models for drug discovery, self-driving laboratories for organic light-emitting and lasing materials, as well as the process optimization and scaleup processes for pharmaceuticals as concrete examples of what self-driving labs are all about. I will also discuss more futuristic areas of research which involve the development of computer vision systems for automated laboratories and robotic arms for carrying out complex chemical experiments in a more autonomous fashion.
Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Toronto and is also the Canada 150 Research Chair in Theoretical Chemistry and a Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute. He is a CIFAR Lebovic Fellow in the Biologically Inspired Solar Energy program. Alán also holds an Google Industrial Research Chair in Quantum Computing. Alán is the director of the Acceleration Consortium, a University of Toronto-based strategic initiative that aims to gather researchers from industry, government and academia around pre-competitive research topics related to the lab of the future.
The University of Toronto will host a virtual ceremony to celebrate our graduates on:
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET
The University of Toronto is pleased to announce the date of our Spring 2021 virtual convocation ceremony. We understand the importance of celebrating your remarkable achievements and hard work in reaching this significant milestone, even at a time when our traditional convocation ceremonies are not possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In place of in-person ceremonies, the University is planning to host a virtual Convocation ceremony in which the Chancellor will officially confer degrees on members of the June 2021 graduating class. After the virtual ceremony, diplomas will be couriered (for free) to our graduates over the course of the following weeks. Please allow some flexibility with this schedule, particularly under these difficult circumstances.
Once the public health situation stabilizes and it is possible to gather safely again, individual academic divisions will be able to plan in-person graduation celebrations to honour our graduates, and their families and friends.
Save the date: the first ever Engineering Research Days: Empowering Innovation event is coming up on June 24 – 25, 2021!
You’re invited to join researchers and students from across U of T Engineering to showcase the leading work underway within the Faculty. Engineering Research Days is designed to create opportunities for collaboration and partnership with peers and industry partners. The program will feature:
- Interactive fireside chats with guest speakers
- Panels on emerging research trends and themes
- Poster sessions
- Networking opportunities
This year’s virtual event is open to all students, staff and faculty in U of T Engineering, as well as current and prospective industry partners and key stakeholders across the research ecosystem.
Additional program details, speaker announcements — you don’t want to miss it!
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
A mechanobiology-based approach to muscle stem cell repair
Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin | University Limerick
Interplay between immune cells and tissue specific microenvironmental components: Immunomodulatory scaffolds for tissue repair and regeneration
Research Associate, University of Toronto
Synthetic Notch activating hydrogel induces liver biliary cells differentiation and morphogenesis
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Osteochondral cell regeneration strategies through mechanobiology and biomaterial-controlled siRNA delivery
Royal Society-Science Foundation, Ireland (SFI) University Research Fellow National University of Ireland Galway
Dynamic devices to improve therapy delivery
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
High-throughput heart-on-achip platform for studies of SARS-CoV-2 induced myocardial injury
The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) will be hosting a second virtual symposium from August 25 to 27, 2021. This year’s CRAFT Virtual Symposium will showcase cutting-edge microfluidics research related to organ-on-chips, biofabrication and diagnostic devices and translating microfluidic technologies to clinics and industry.
The Symposium is geared towards researchers, trainees, clinicians and companies from across Canada and beyond working in the area of microfluidics and those wishing to learn more about it and get involved with it.
Highlights year’s Symposium will include:
- 3 international keynotes
- a poster hall with on-demand research presentations
- an industry exhibit hall with microfluidics companies and vendors
- a networking event with industry representatives, NRC researchers and more
- a Microfluidics Art Competition
- a fireside chat with a graduate student turned company founder and more!
Abstract and microfluidic art submission deadline: June 1, 2021.