Who We Are

Smart computing for innovation

Based in Ontario, SOSCIP is unique as Canada’s only R&D consortium using data science to drive innovation.

SOSCIP fills a distinct gap in Ontario’s advanced research computing network by directly solving industry R&D challenges. The unique technologies, partnership-building capabilities and extensive research support framework provided by SOSCIP allows companies to accelerate development of new products and services and increase their impact o the Ontario economy.

By tapping into world-leading research expertise at Canada’s colleges and universities, SOSCIP makes it easy for companies to access the latest in AI and data science technologies, as well as the talent needed to sustain long-term growth.

SOSCIP’s Mission

To provide industry-academic partnerships with advanced data science tools to foster innovation and help Canadian companies grow.

History

Launched in April 2012, the SOSCIP consortium is a ground-breaking collaboration between Ontario’s research-intensive post-secondary institutions, IBM Canada Ltd., Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and dozens of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the province.

Through significant funding from the federal government [from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)], the Province of Ontario, IBM and others, SOSCIP pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing platforms to fuel Canadian innovation within the areas of agile computing, health, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity.

Originally known as Southern Ontario Smart Computing for Innovation Platform, the consortium has expanded from seven academic institutions to 15 by 2016.

Consortium Members

Current consortium members include Carleton University, IBM Canada, McMaster University, OCAD University, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University.

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