IBM has a more than one hundred year history in Canada, and is one of the country's top ten private R&D investors, having devoted more than half a billion dollars over the past ten years alone. IBM Canada Ltd's President, Dino Trevisani, believes that one of the best ways to boost innovation is through improving collaboration between academia, industry and government. A big part of IBM's efforts toward this end is the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOCIP), which focuses on developing made in Canada disruptive technologies. Since the program began in 2012, SOSCIP has launched more than 60 projects, engaging or creating 38 businesses while establishing more than $2 billion in revenue for new or growing businesses.

SOSCIP offers access to advanced computing platforms, technical expertise and funding for postdoctoral fellows and grad students

The program offers access to Canada's most powerful advanced computing platforms, like the IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer and funding to support the work of postdoctoral and graduate students from many of Ontario's most renowned universities. SOSCIP partner institutions include Carleton University, Laurier University, McMaster University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, Western University and York University. SOSCIP participants can also access technical expertise from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre.

SOSCIP success stories: examples of disruptive technology

SOSCIP success stories come from a range of organizations working in advanced manufacturing, agile computing, digital media, healthcare and more. Each example of disruptive technology utilizes SOSCIP's advanced computing and big data analytics platforms to advance innovative commercialization opportunities for Ontario-based companies.

Big data and IBM Cloud speed up brain research

Ever wonder what the functioning brain looks like in real time? Dr. Mark Daley of Western University is using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to show us which areas of the brain are "working hard" at a particular moment in time. By observing communication across various networks in the brain, we can better understand which particular regions are the most important and how they evolve over time. The ability to distil complex properties into a handful of numbers will soon allow us to compare data from individuals to those taken from a 'normal population.' According to Dr. Mark Daley this means, "Much as we plot a child's height and weight development compared to ‘normal' children, we will soon be able to compare brain network scores of individuals and potentially identify pathologies of brain networks." Dr. Daley and his team built their network-analysis pipeline on top of IBM's InfoSphere Streams platform, running on an IBM cloud provided by SOSCIP.

McMaster University and University of Waterloo track radiation exposure

While the benefits of X-rays are undeniable, many X-rays expose patients to potentially harmful levels of ionizing radiation. To ensure patient radiation safety, Dr. David Koff is working with researchers from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University to develop a proof of concept national dose tracking program. The project aims to offer real-time decision support for procedure justification while debunking myths surrounding what is too much radiation.

Can we use software to speed up drug discovery?

Dr. Abraham Heifets, CEO of Atomwise Inc. believes so. Atomwise is developing software that will enable faster, cheaper and more efficient discovery of new medicines. Through the SOSCIP program, Dr. Heifets and his team joined forces with researchers from the University of Toronto, equipped with the high-performance capabilities of SOSCIP's IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer. The collaboration processed massive data sets using techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence. Now, Dr. Heifets and his team are working with researchers at hospitals and research institutions to discover new treatments for cancer, multiple sclerosis, malaria and hospital-acquired diseases.

Do you have a big data or advanced computing problem SOSCIP can help with? Receive assistance in developing Canadian disruptive technology

SOSCIP works with academic researchers and businesses that have material operations in southern Ontario. SOSCIP can connect your business with academic researchers or help you to overcome a technical challenge or in assisting to develop disruptive technologies.

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October 23, 2015

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