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University of Toronto | Digital Industries

Key facilities

SciNet & SOSCIP U of T serves as the home for both the SciNet HPC Consortium, a major hub in Compute Canada’s HPC network and the country’s largest supercomputing facility, and the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP).

Critical Making Lab is a shared space for experimentation with embedded and material digital technology, providing tools, materials, and training for building devices such as wearable computers, RFID systems, ubiquitous computing networks, and other physical computing technologies.

Identity, Privacy and Security Institute is dedicated to developing new approaches to digital and information security that maintain the privacy, freedom and safety of the individual and the broader community.

Major collaborations

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

This international network leverages research and online tools to track and respond to the undermining of evidence-based environmental governance in the United States.

Reliability of Solid-State Drives

This research program seeks to develop effective techniques for predicting sector errors (i.e., partial drive failures) and, in turn, improving system reliability.

NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI)

SAVI is a partnership of Canadian industry, academia, research and education networks, and high performance computing centres that are working to design a national distributed application platform testbed for creating and delivering future Internet applications.


Alberto Leon-Garcia, Distinguished Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering – Research focuses on adaptive resource management using virtualization and service-oriented approaches in large-scale systems such as extended cloud computing and smart infrastructure.

Rhonda McEwen, Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition – Research focuses on information practices involving new media technologies, mobile and tablet communication, new media, social networks, and sensory information processing.

Joyce Poon, Canada Research Chair in Integrated Photonic Devices – Research focuses on integrated photonic devices and circuits for communications and neurotechnology.

Bianca Schroeder, Canada Research Chair in Data Centre Technologies – Research focuses on design and implementation of computer systems, especially large-scale systems, storage systems and data centers, with a particular interest in system reliability.

Wei Yu, Canada Research Chair in Information Theory and Wireless Communications – Research focuses on network information theory, optimization, wireless communications and broadband access networks.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

Master of Science in Applied Computing

This program prepares students for lifelong success as technical leaders in information technology, and includes an eight-month internship at an information technology company during which students apply research results to real-world problems.

The Technology Leadership Initiative offers computer science undergraduate students the opportunity to develop industry-ready skills, strong leadership capability, and an understanding of the technology landscape by completing industry-integrated courses, leadership development workshops, and work internships.


  • Christie Digital Systems
  • Fujitsu Laboratories
  • General Electric
  • Huawei Technologies
  • IBM Canada
  • Intel Corporation
  • LG
  • Samsung
  • Telus
  • Toshiba Medical Systems

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