IBIONICS – Doing for Blind People What Cochlear is Doing for the Deaf

The IEEE Ottawa CS Chapter, IEEE Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa TMC, PCS, and SSIT Joint Chapter, and IEEE Ottawa AICN are inviting all interested IEEE members and other engineers, technologists, and students to another Lunch and Learn in the heart of the Kanata Tech Hub.

SEMINAR: IBIONICS – Doing for Blind People What Cochlear is Doing for the Deaf
SPEAKER: Suzanne Grant, BSc, CD (Co-founder and CEO, iBIONICS)

DATE: February 6, 2018
TIME: Refreshments, Lite Lunch, and Networking: 11:00 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Marshes Golf Club, 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required.
EVENT SITE: http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/ottawa/lunchandlearn/

For years, visual implants using electrodes have demonstrated blind people can again see – a little. For decades Cochlear has demonstrated that by replicating natural sensory brain communication, deaf people can interpret speech, and even hear crickets chirping. iBIONICS is pulling these together – implants and sensory brain communication replication, so a playing child saying “look at me, look at me” can be seen by her blind father.
Suzanne will share how demonstrated technology is being used along with patented iBIONICS technology to move the bar in bionic vision capability. She will discuss how embracing converging technologies, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence will improve user experience for blind people, bionic surgeons and clinical support teams helping DiamondEye recipients learn a revised sensory brain language.
Suzanne will speak about how the Canadian Eco-system has helped iBIONICS get where they are today and share some insight into winning grants, competitions and awards. She will wrap her talk up with the necessity for a bold global strategy that embraces diversity and entrepreneurial grit.

Suzanne’s curious and adventurous nature propelled her through a diverse career of discovery, travel and pushing boundaries. From Canadian Military engineering officer she pivoted to entrepreneurship creating – The Art of Business in a frontier market. This strategic communications agency helped fortune 500 C Suite executives launch companies in emerging markets. Today, as CEO and co-founder of iBIONICS, Suzanne’s mission is to return sight to blind people. She lives by her mantra – The Art of the Possible blending cutting edge technology and social change with making the world better.

THANK YOU TO OUR PATRONS for making this event possible
March Networks (https://www.marchnetworks.com/)
Kanata North BIA (https://www.kanatanorthbia.ca/)
Invest Ottawa (https://www.investottawa.ca/)
you.i tv (http://www.youi.tv/)
Smart & Biggar (http://www.smart-biggar.ca/en/index.cfm)
Carleton University, Faculty of Engineering and Design (http://carleton.ca/engineering-design/)
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering (http://engineering.uottawa.ca/)
The Marshes Golf Club (http://www.marshesgolfclub.com/index.php)
Infinera (https://www.infinera.com/)
Syntronic (https://www.syntronic.com/)

Eric Karmouch, Ph.D., SMIEEE
Chair, IEEE Ottawa Computer Society (http://site.ieee.org/ottawa-cs/)
Chair, IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn (http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/ottawa/lunchandlearn/)

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