Compute Ontario partners with ORION to present diTHINK

Compute Ontario and ORION will co-present Ontario’s innovation event of the year: diTHINK. The joint conference – which combines Compute Ontario Research Day 2016 (CORD2016) and the ORION THINK Conference – gathers provincial thought leaders in research, education, and innovation.

What does the “di” stand for? In addition to a full day of advanced computing programming, the event will focus on how technology empowers the ‘digital individual.’ “Digital individuals are do-it-yourselfers who can set up their own collaboration systems, undertake an advanced computing analysis of crowd-sourced data, and create monitoring devices tailored to their community’s needs,” said Dalibor Dvorski, diTHINK General Chair and Conestoga College lecturer. Conestoga’s Robotics Innovation Group will also present their 3D-printed humanoid robot at the conference.

Students will present a series of oral, slide-based, and poster presentations related to high performance computing. The judges are representatives from SHARCNET, SciNet, and the Centre for Advanced Computing, and the winner will receive a Parallella supercomputer.

Guest speakers include:

  • Compute Ontario Board Chair Mark Daley on how research and computing are affected by new technologies
  • Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson on leveraging data for evidence-based decisions
  • Compass for Success Manager Diane Findlay on their platform that gathers student data for analysis by and for school boards
  • Inclusive Design Research Centre Director, Jutta Treviranus
  • Ryerson University Research professor Andriy Miranskyy, sharing groundbreaking research about big data analytics

Sessions include:

  • diComputing/CORD – explore the latest advanced computing projects
  • diLearn – ways to customize learning
  • diEconomy – discover the crucial relationship between municipal collaboration and digital infrastructure
  • diConnectivity – how connectivity is key to enabling democratic innovation
  • diFuture – preview the latest devices and wearables

“Computing is to digital infrastructure what the power grid is to industrial infrastructure, and computation is an engine that drives the research enterprise forward,” said Mark Daley, Compute Ontario Board Chair. “Compute Ontario and ORION are natural partners: we each represent important but distinct portfolios that together form an important foundation for Ontario’s digital future.”


Thursday, May 26, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration and networking breakfast: 8:30 a.m.

For more info, including sessions, group rate ticket sales, and Leadership Awards Ceremony