R Michael Pickering
Michael is an innovative expert in data architecture, analytics and Cloud solutions. He has extensive global experience in diverse industries including leadership roles such as Program Manager and Solution Architect on cutting edge software implementation projects. He previously founded two small but successful consulting firms.
Emre Ozkan is a Software Developer at CloudConstable, where Emre develops AI applications. Before this role, Emre worked at Crosswing Inc. as a Junior Engineer on acoustic sound localization projects. Emre completed a Post-Graduate program in Robotics and Automation at Centennial College. He received his degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Istanbul Commerce University in Turkey.
Afrodita Kujumdzieva is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto working towards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Minor in Mathematics. As a Software Developer at CloudConstable, Afrodita focuses on development of the client including implementing communication between the client and the cloud. In her spare time she enjoys being active, playing sports such as flag football and tennis, and she has passion for travelling.
Emily is passionate about helping others, and founding innovative ways to use technology to enhance home and work lives. She has over 20 years of combined experience in infrastructure, application and data monitoring and management; user experience; application development; consulting; service management; marketing; and management of business and technology projects.
April Dunford is the founder of Rocket Launch Marketing. She serves as a board member at Sampler, and mentors at Venture for Canada, Founder Institute and FounderFuel.
Himani Garg, BI Senior Technical Manager at Constant Contact in Waltham, Massachusetts has more than 12 years of experience providing Data Warehousing and analytic solutions across several industries, and has a passion of building and applying advanced statistical and machine learning models to solve to a diverse set of problems.
Edward Henley is the Director of Finance and Treasurer for the municipality of Clearview, Ontario. He has been managing the finances for municipalities for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he worked for a Canadian bank providing financial planning for more than 18 years. Edward is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and has a Canadian Risk Manager designation. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, cycling, travel and gastronomy.
Giancarlo is a Project Manager with a background in Systems Engineering with over 6 years of professional experience working in new media and web technology. His focus is on managing multidisciplinary large-scale CMS-driven Agile projects using Jira.
Ken Price is an entrepreneur with a strong client focus and deep international business experience. He has spent the bulk of his career driving commercial success for his own companies as well as for other early stage technology firms.
Stephen Sutherland, CrossWing’s President & CEO, also serves on the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada’s Canadian Field Robotics Network Steering and Scientific Review Committee. His extensive past experience facilitates CrossWing’s plan to successfully launch the virtualME Ineractive Personal Robotics platform and application ecosystem.
Vijay Bhaskar Thangella
Vijay Thangella is the Principal Technical Manager currently working for Endurance International, Boston. For over 4 years, he worked in implementing Banking Data warehouses for Canadian Banks with Basel compliance, first of its kind in North America. For more than a decade, he worked in retail and email marketing businesses and assisted in building Analytical data warehouse platforms. Currently, he shifted his interest to implement data science related projects in a couple of Tech startups.
Michael Jenkin PhD
Michael Jenkin is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University. Working in the fields of visually guided autonomous robots and virtual reality, he has published over 150 research papers, including co-authoring Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics with Gregory Dudek and a series of co-edited books on human and machine vision with Laurence Harris.
Professor Jenkin’s current research interests include: work on sensing strategies
for AQUA, an amphibious autonomous robot being developed as a collaboration between Dalhousie University, McGill University and York University; the development of tools and techniques to support crime scene investigation; and the understanding of the perception of self-motion and orientation in unusual environments including microgravity.
John Tsotsos PhD
Professor John K. Tsotsos is the Distinguished Research Professor of Vision Science at York University, where he also holds the NSERC Tier I Canada Research Chair in Computational Vision. He holds Adjunct appointments in the departments of Computer Science and of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He was Director of the Centre for Vision Research at York University from 2000 to 2006. His research interests span computer vision, computational neuroscience, human vision, artificial intelligence and robotics.
He is recipient of the 2006 Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society Award for Research Excellence and Service and of the 1st President’s Research Excellence Award by York University in 2009. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences, Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences in 2010.
Prior to joining York University in 2000, he was Professor and Associate Chair of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. While there, he was also appointed to the Division of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine and was Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research from 1985-1995. He has published over 300 papers, six of which have received distinctions. His most recent research monograph, “A Computational Perspective on Visual Attention,” was published by The MIT Press in 2011.