This talk will sketch a career in pursuit of the molecular dance in chemical reaction, made possible by the contemporary revolution in computing. The undertaking was made meaningful by lessons learned from colleagues concerning the obligations of scientists to society.
Prof. John Polanyi is a Nobel laureate and faculty member in the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Toronto, where his research group studies the molecular motions in chemical reactions. He is a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and of the Royal Societies of London and of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Pontifical Academy of Rome, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Indian Academy of Science. He has served on the Prime Minister of Canada’s Advisory Board on Science and Technology. Founding Chairman of the Canadian Pugwash Group, and has written widely on science policy and the control of armaments.
Our brains, like our computers, relay information across complex networks of circuits and systems in micro-fractions of a second. And, like computers, this process is programmed into us with a code – a neural code. The functions of the neural code have stimulated decades of research and study. Recently, researchers André Longtin and his collaborator Leonard Maler from the University of Ottawa, won the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering for their study of neural codes.
Referencing, neurobiology, physics and mathematics, Maler will discuss how their research revealed key features of the neural code that underlies the operation of the brain. Specifically, as an excellent example of inter-disciplinary research, a theme of this Conference, Maler will describe how they used electric fish to trace the journey of signals as they move through the entire sensory process. As a result, they able to observed the hidden traits of brain activity in moments of focus. What all of this means, is that through this research, as we understand how attention is allocated by the brain, we can possibly understand when it is dysfunctional and repair attention switching in disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Join us for this fascinating keynote address that is sure to stimulate, challenge our thinking and above all, demonstrate the potential of inter-disciplinary research approaches in science.
The establishment of the Vector Institute has generated great interest and excitement, spurring investment from industry and attracting top global talent in machine learning and deep learning. As inaugural President and CEO, Dr. Gibson will discuss why he feels Canada has the potential to become a global leader in advancing AI research, development, and commercialization, and all of Canada stands to benefit as a result. Dr. Gibson will speak about his experiences as both an entrepreneur and a leader in advanced education as co-creator of Carnegie Mellon’s Parallel Data Lab which emerged into one of the largest and most active consortiums of university researchers and corporate partners to spur new discoveries and accelerate their commercialization. Dr. Gibson intends to discuss his vision of building on Canada’s globally recognized talent and research to translate discoveries into economic growth and prosperity for Canadians.
Mr. Ladak is the President and CEO of Compute Ontario. With an executive career spanning almost 30 years at both federal and provincial levels, his passion is finding innovative solutions to operational problems, mentoring teams, and volunteering his time in non-profit, social service organizations. Prior to this role, Mr. Ladak was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Health Quality Ontario, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at North York General Hospital and Director of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Using multi-media videos and depictions, Mr. Ladak intends to engage and entertain the audience in a keynote address about the challenges seen in the advanced research computing (ARC) sector. Bringing his unique perspective to this issue, Nizar believes the crux of the issues seen in the ARC sector can be brought to light by examining the intersection of Governance, Geography and Gigabits. Drawing parallels from Canadian history, Mr. Ladak challenges conventional ways of thinking through the redesign of the ARC sector to propel us into the future.
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President and Scientific Director, Ontario Brain Institute
Led by Dr. Mikkelsen of the Ontario Brain Institute, this panel explores brain research through a lens of innovations and intersections between disciplines and discovery, and available technology.
Executive Director, Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, CIFAR
Innovations in health research, the economy, how we do business, influence on everyday life, and politics and policy, Dr. Strome brings together experts from across the ecosystem to delve into the innovations and implications of AI and deep learning in Canada.
President and CEO, Senior Core Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Dr. Schull will moderate a panel of Ontario experts to share insight into data access and management, and the unique challenges for research using big data sets with unique and important privacy considerations and legislation.
Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Western Ontario
Mark will lead a panel of experts to discuss integrative and transdisciplinary approaches to research. Convergence science and research is the result of the sharing of methods, ideas, and intellectual frameworks between investigators from often radically different fields. The great convergence of methods and research approaches will have a broad effect across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and play a crucial role in the major breakthroughs of the 21st century.
Director, Strategy and Policy Development, Compute Ontario
Ms. Crichlow will lead a discussion with project leads from Compute Ontario research studies on the needs for Highly-Qualified Personnel and Technology, and explore current and future implications for Ontario. Both reports will be released at OARCC.
Interim President & CEO, Compute Canada
With evidence-based and science-based policy making at the forefront of Canadian policy making, and juxtaposed with the common misinterpretations of scientific discovery along with the inaccessibility to general public; how do industry leaders approach knowledge translation and communicate it to media and government.
Chief Technical Officer, Compute Ontario
Leading two panels, Dr. Loken will hold what is sure to be a lively discussion about the trials, tribulations, and learnings that have come with the installation of Canada’s most recent supercomputers. In addition, he’ll lead the Future Tech panel, in which experts will share insight into what technologies are on the near horizon – such as Exascale, Neuromorphic, Quantum, FPGA – and their implications for Canadian researchers.
Executive Director, SOSCIP
SOSCIP’s Executive Director Dr. Jennifer MacLean will lead this panel, investigating the role of industrial-academic partnerships in delivering innovation in Ontario and across Canada. The panel will examine multiple perspectives from across the ARC ecosystem to gain an understanding on how R&D collaborative partnerships can deliver wide-ranging outcomes crucial to economic growth – from developing a skilled workforce to delivering new technologies and remaining competitive in an increasingly data-driven world.
President and CEO, Art the Science
Ms Krolik will lead a team of technical experts and researchers to explore the importance of data visualization in communicating and celebrating science.
Senior Research Associate, Architect for CanDIG project at Sick Kids
Jonathan Dursi has over twenty-five years experience using large-scale computing to advance science. At OARCC, Jonathan will present on CanDIG: Distributed Genomic Analysis for a Federal Canada
Tackling the “wicked problems” of cancer and rare diseases against the already complex landscape of human biology requires health researchers to have access to as much health and genomic data as possible in order to see connections and test hypotheses. While a torrent of genomic data is now being produced at sites across Canada, accessibility to researchers means more than having it sit on a disk somewhere with the right permission bits set. It has to be discoverable, analyzable, available, and linked to vital metadata for it to be useful in improving human health.
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