It was the most diverse group of experts that Simon Fraser University has ever assembled for the #BCTECH Summit. Leaders in their fields and SFU experts in artificial intelligence, big data, materials research, computational linguistics, sustainable engineering and entrepreneurship engaged with summit attendees to share their knowledge and initiate partnerships. These connections led the way in making the 2019 #BCTECH Summit a resounding success for SFU as an academic innovation partner.
To help solve science and technology challenges posed by Canada’s Department of Defence, Simon Fraser University researchers submitted 10 projects to the IDEaS program and an astounding five were accepted. These funded projects—awarded over $900,000 in total—reinforce SFU’s national impact and commitment to research that benefits society.
From big data to mechatronics and health sciences, criminology and political science to interactive technology, the amount of innovative research happening at Simon Fraser University is staggering. Instead of keeping research locked behind doors for only a privileged few, the university is continually creating new ways to share this information with you, the public.
Looking back on 2018, SFU Innovates celebrates another year of innovation, research and changemaking across the university. We saw how a PhD student used virtual reality (VR) to help people increase mindfulness. We celebrated the installation of a $4.5 million electron beam lithography system in 4D LABS, Simon Fraser University’s state-of-the-art materials science and engineering facility. And SFU’s Director of Entrepreneurship was selected as a leader of Canada’s Innovation Agenda.
Here are just some of the many highlights from SFU Innovates in 2018.
Five student projects created through CityStudio Vancouver this term were recognized at HUBBUB #11 on Friday, November 30. CityStudio Vancouver launched in 2011 in collaboration with partners City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University.
Twelve of India’s top new entrepreneurs are visiting SFU VentureLabs® after winning the Next BIG Idea contest sponsored by Zone Startups India. The visit is part of a two-week, all-expenses paid “Market Access Program” prize that includes visits to Toronto and Calgary as they explore Canada’s startup and innovation ecosystem with a view to expanding their businesses into North America.
Over the past 10 years, Simon Fraser University has transformed into one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. SFU is consistently ranked among Canada's top 15 research universities by major global and national university ranking systems.