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Past Winner
2020 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Department of Computer Science

University of Toronto

Artificial intelligence, wearable tech and virtual reality are rapidly evolving and weaving their ways into our homes, schools and workplaces. Some people are concerned that robots will soon replace humans in the workforce, but Tovi Grossman sees automation as a chance for us to evolve the way we teach and learn.

In Grossmanís lab, allowing computers to handle some aspects of a task can actually free people to focus on other details and acquire new skills. The University of Toronto expert in human-computer interaction leads a team developing technologies that balance the technical precision of computers with the creativity and ingenuity of humans. Some of their developments include AI-assisted drone navigation that handles fine-tuned steering in tight spaces, while an operator focuses on speed and direction; wearable sensors that capture the intricate movements behind grip and touch, so our hands can perform nimble tasks in virtual environments; and software interfaces that encourage users to try tools and menu items to advance their expertise more quickly. With Grossmanís contributions, technologies like these will not only make our lives easier but help us realize our full potential, too.

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