In the coming months, Aerialytic is partnering with Professor Alexander Wong through the OCE VIP 1 program to develop core aspects of their technology in collaboration with Professor Wong’s lab. The goal is to develop deep learning approaches to solar analysis and automated 3D building reconstruction in order to streamline the solar sales process and amplify global solar adoption.
Alexander Wong is the Canadian Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Co-Founder of DarwinAI, and Co-Founder of Elucid Labs. His work in artificial intelligence pertains to Operational AI, which focuses on deep learning. Having published over 450 journal and conference papers, as well as patents in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer vision, computational imaging, and multimedia systems, he has received various prestigious awards including a Best Paper Award at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Workshop on Transparent and Interpretable Machine Learning, a Best Paper Award at the NIPS Workshop on Efficient Methods for Deep Neural Networks, two Best Paper Awards by the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society, as well as three Outstanding Performance Awards by the University of Waterloo, among numerous other accolades.
Professor Alexander Wong is excited about his collaboration with Aerialytic and says the following about their collaboration:
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with a forward-thinking company like Aerialytic on this high-impact project. The success of this collaboration will lead to the creation of powerful deep learning technologies that will hopefully help push operational artificial intelligence to the forefront in accelerating global solar adoption, and position Aerialytic and Ontario as a leader in this high-impact field.”
Professor Alexander Wong, Canadian Chair Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging
The Ontario Centres for Excellence connects the realm of academia to industry. Through facilitating the integration of groundbreaking research into businesses, they accelerate innovation within the province. They have numerous initiatives in place that support their mission, including the Voucher for Innovation and Productivity, TalentEdge, and SmartStart Seed Fund programs, among many others.
The VIP 1 program allows qualified small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the province to benefit from the expertise and resources from Ontario research institutions. SMEs provide these facilities with resources, including financial investments for research, to solve challenges as well as improve productivity and performance. In return, SMEs receive a credit that can be redeemed to commercialize intellectual property.
Aerialytic aims to globally increase solar adoption by empowering the homeowner and giving them control of their solar journey. They seek to improve the solar purchasing experience for homeowners as well as increase the number of projects for solar installation companies. Currently, Aerialytic is developing a product that instantly creates custom solar designs that allows homeowners to see their financial and environmental benefits of going solar on the spot a well as a 3D model of their home with solar panels.