Co-Founder/Director, DCSIL (Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab)
University of Toronto
Helen Co-Founded the University of Toronto's Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab “DCSIL” in 2015, an incubator and accelerator for early stage startups in Canada. DCSIL’s startups focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, AR/VR and cybersecurity technologies, Helen works with these teams on their strategy, growth, industry relationships, and ux/design areas of their ventures.
She is directing efforts at DCSIL to foster innovation and commercialization through entrepreneurship programs, curating talent development, supporting tech transfer and increasing industry collaborations.
She is a lecturer at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Computer Science (St.George campus) and Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (Scarborough Campus), where she teaches product development, ux/design, lean startup methodologies, rapid prototyping, entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth strategy.
Helen is also on the product development team of NERD (Neurotech Early Research & Development) at the Ontario Brains Institute, where she works with NERD startups to create a strategy to commercialise their applied research.
Since being on the UofT/IBM Watson teaching team in 2014 she has been working on and researching the relationship between user experience, artificial intelligence and product development & design, creating the “The 5 AI of Being: An Artificial Intelligence framework for organisations and startups to integrate emerging technologies into their strategic thinking”.