How is MaRS involved?
MaRS hosts the Toronto RTDS, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. As North America’s largest urban innovation hub, equipped with transportation-sector experts, the Toronto RTDS is pleased to offer all AVIN participants with:
- business and technical advisory services;
- access to collaboration and meeting space within MaRS;
- problem-solving workshops with corporate partners and venture companies; and
- access to relevant open data sets that technology developers can use for research and development.
In addition to the Toronto RTDS offerings, participants can access other AVIN services provided by its broad network to:
- develop products within autonomous vehicle test environments;
- secure R&D funding; and
- foster partnerships and sales opportunities with leading companies, research institutions and government organizations.
Chief Technical Advisor
Oshoma (Osh) is Chief Technical Advisor at MaRS, where he is responsible for advising ventures in emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, blockchain and advanced networking. He is an experienced entrepreneur with deep technical and business expertise in the software industry. He greatly enjoys designing and building technology-based products. Before joining MaRS, Osh worked at a series of tech startups in founder and CTO roles. Prior to entering the startup space, he spent 10 years at Microsoft in a variety of product groups, including leadership positions in web search and developer platforms. Osh also served as a technology advisor to top executive staff.
Jesika manages and oversees deliverables for the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network’s (AVIN) Toronto Regional Technology Development Site (RTDS). Located at MaRS, the Toronto RTDS has a particular focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning as they apply to connected and autonomous vehicles. Jesika connects MaRS teams, MaRS-supported companies and partners to various RTDS locations and stakeholders across Ontario. Prior to joining MaRS, Jesika worked at the Ontario Centres of Excellence as portfolio manager, automotive and mobility. She also worked for a Japanese automotive original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) in Monterrey, Mexico. Jesika holds a bachelor degree in manufacturing engineering with a specialization in total quality management, as well as a master of engineering in entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2014, Jesika was selected for the prestigious Action Canada fellowship program while also being recognized as one of the “Top 10 Most Successful Mexicans in Canada” by Latinos magazine.
Senior Technical Advisor, Applied AI
Vik is a researcher and practitioner of conceptual modeling and applied artificial intelligence. At MaRS, he advises ventures developing autonomous vehicle technologies. His engagements span all stages of the venture life cycle, from research to revenue and from concept to commercialization. Vik is the founder of the Toronto Synthetic Intelligence Forum, a Toronto-based community for knowledge sharing and professional networking related to machine learning, deep learning, and reinforcement learning. He is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, and earned a master's degree in business administration with distinction from the University of London, a master's degree in information technology from Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Villanova University.