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Simon Overduin
Ph.D. Neuroscience, MIT
M.D., McMaster University
Director of Technical Development

Simon has a MD from McMaster University, a PhD in systems neuroscience from MIT, and postdoctoral experience in computational neuroscience from Boston University and UC Berkeley. His research has focused on the learning and performance of complex behaviours including reach-to-grasp, speech and mental rehearsal. Of particular relevance here, he has applied complex mathematical tools to predict and adapt to changes in brain activity over learning, in the context of real-time brain-computer interfaces. He has also consulted for a number of other for-profit and not-for-profit companies in the US, Canada, and the UK, operating in the areas of neurotechnology, scientific consulting, and academia-industry partnerships. His 20+ years' experience in software development allowed him to build the alpha version of the Syngli software, and to direct further technical development.

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Il Gon Kim
B.Eng. Electronic Engineering, Myongji University
Developer & System Engineer

Il Gon Kim is a developer and system engineer from Seoul, a dynamic and attractive city. Il Gon has 15+ years of web and mobile application development and senior quality assurance experience at firms including AhnLab and NHN - positions that involved supervision of international teams of engineers. At Syngli, his software engineering responsibilities include network administration and project management. In his spare time, he finds enormous joy in playing with Linux and watching MLB.

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Natasha Swiderski
M.A. Linguistics, Western University
B.A. Anthropology, Western University
Project Coordinator

Natasha is working as a project coordinator to help Syngli create and develop their e-learning resources for dyslexic learners. Her work includes communicating with our partners on this project, facilitating market research and analyzing data to help communicate the viability of this project, gathering data from end users and curriculum design. She also helps with testing the software as well as user experience and interface design.

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Avery Toepell
Health Studies, University of Waterloo
Digital Curriculum Developer

Avery is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is passionate about health promotion, and is always eager for new learning opportunities. At Syngli, she is working primarily on content creation, whilst also using the experience as an opportunity to learn more about software development and the health sciences.

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Bill Wu
Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Software Developer

Bill is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo studying Computer Engineering. He has a passion for taking on big challenges that require innovative thinking and creativity. At Syngli, he is working on developing new features along with improving the backend functionality. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, working out and bringing ideas to life.

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Evelyn Eekels
Creative Designer, CerebellumBug
Digital Curriculum Creator

Evelyn's artistic experience includes traditional oil and acrylic paintings, ink drawings for children's educational books, as well as video game development. For Syngli, she assists in logo design and the creation of illustrations included within the knowledge database.


Advisors

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Marcella Erskine
Founder & Director, Music Shakers
Education Startup Consultant

Marcella has Master's degree in Social Work from Hunter College, New York, where she specialized in group and community work, and a B.Sc. in Psychology from Colorado State University. Her experience includes teaching music and movement in schools in the USA and UK, as a Social Worker with alcohol and drug dependent youth, and as a group leader facilitating support groups for cancer patients. She founded and directs Music Shakers, providing classes to children, parents and caregivers in order to foster experiential learning of music and movement, enhance early childhood development and build communities of families. She is also a member of Science Capital, an independent non-profit company which provides a direct link between academic and business experts. At Syngli, she advises on educational entrepreneurship, and adaptation of the platform to children and learners with communication disorders.

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Samantha Frosst
Founder, Frosst Learning Centre
Language Learning Disorders Advisor

Samantha has a B.Ed. in Secondary Science Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership, from McGill University. She is the founder and head educator at Frosst Learning Centre. She has also received training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Samantha specializes in teaching individuals with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. As an individual with dyslexia, she understands firsthand how challenging school and learning can be when you struggle with reading and writing. An unwavering desire to teach fuels her passion to apply and develop methodologies and processes to accelerate a student's learning ability.

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Steven Fyke
Creative Director, Snap Pea Design
Design Strategy Mentor

Steven has over 15 years experience designing and building strategy, prototypes, products and user experiences. Through his career he has developed an extensive and varied technical background but understands that great engineering cannot build great products without the foundation of a cohesive user story. He is a strong believer in User-Centered design and helps to grow strong companies and products through critical analysis of user research, the creation of new experience paradigms, diving into the technical details and large quantities of tea. Steven holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has over 140 US patents to date in the fields of mechanical design, short-range wireless communication, security, user interfaces and others.

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Abby Goodrum
Program Co-ordinator, User Experience Design, WLU
UX Design Advisor

Abby has a Bachelor's Degree in Radio, TV and Film and a Masters and PhD in Information Science. Prior to her appointment as Professor and Program Director of the User Experience Design program at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), she held held faculty positions at Syracuse, Drexel and Ryerson, and taught User-Centered Design, Usability, UX, Knowledge Management, Information Architecture, and Digital Reference. She additionally spent time working as a researcher at CNN, and in educational technology for IBM. She was the founding Director for Social Science Research in a $23M Canadian Centre of Excellence that served as both a research network and commercialization engine in order to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centered solutions. Her research bridges computer science, humanities, communication studies, information management, and media studies, and focuses on understanding how humans seek, use, share, manipulate, store, retrieve, and organize digital multimedia. She is advising Syngli on its own UX design and testing, including its incorporation of gamification elements.

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Eddy Guo
Enterprise Application Integration Specialist
Data Architect

Eddy has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Tianjin University. Eddy's industry experience includes 14+ years of experience in EAI and SAP application development and integration at Research in Motion. He has been assisting Syngli with evaluating and implementing the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform, to help with intelligent, big data operation of the software. In his spare time, Eddy also loves jogging and volleyball.

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Kevin Hood
President, Market Access Corporation
Sales and Marketing Mentor

Kevin is a lifelong entrepreneur with over thirty years' experience developing and working with new business ventures. Over the years he has worked with many startups, emerging companies, associations and major corporations. Clients have included IBM, CIBC, Northwestern Mutual Financial, Microsoft Skills 2000, Supply Chain Management, Philips Electronics, Maplesoft, Virtek and the Canadian Professional Sales Association. His book "Six Steps to Self-Employment" is a guide for anyone interested in creating and sustaining a successful entrepreneurial career. He originated and developed the "Tech Sales Program" delivered through the Schlegel Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University and Communitech, and instructs on marketing and sales in the Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program at the University of Waterloo. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Western University.

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Brian Jung Myeng Lee
B.Math., University of Waterloo
Technical Recruiter

Brian is a Computer Science graduate from University of Waterloo with Bachelor's of Mathematics. He started as an embedded systems programmer at BlackBerry in 2006. He always welcomes good technical discussions. He specializes in drawing technical talents to Syngli, and telling everyone about it. His main interest is inspiring people, and providing a fresh look at everything.

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Sheila McIlraith
Computer Science, University of Toronto
Knowledge Representation Advisor

Sheila's research is in the area of knowledge representation and automated reasoning. Her work has had notable impact on Semantic Web Services and emerging Web standards, as well as next-generation NASA space systems. Of particular relevance to Syngli is her expertise in web- and cloud-based semantic representation, probabilistic reasoning, and data-intensive decision-making. She has advised the company on upgrades to its modeling of users' knowledge states and learning trajectories.

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Suzanne Stevenson
Computer Science, University of Toronto
Computational Linguistics Advisor

Suzanne's computational linguistics research takes a highly multidisciplinary approach integrating computational theories and techniques with insights from the fields of linguistics and psycholinguistics. A primary focus of her work is the automatic acquisition of linguistic knowledge from large text corpora, using machine learning approaches. Another main area of interest is work on cognitive models of human language acquisition and processing. She is advising Syngli on a suite of computational linguistic techniques to upgrade the system's ability to automatically create and evaluate content and responses.


Alumni

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Amanda Assi
Psychology, University of Waterloo
Digital Content Specialist

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Annette Brown
Certificate IT Business Analysis, Conestoga College
B.Sc. Computing, Wilfrid Laurier University
Operations and Software Tester Analyst

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Jason Cheung
Software Engineering, University of Waterloo
Performance Visualization Designer

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Stephen Choi
Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Data Analyst

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Ben Craig
B. C.S., University of Waterloo
Software Developer & Designer

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Wei Dai
IT Business Analyst Graduate Certificate, Conestoga College
Business Analyst

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Helen Dong
Business Administration, Wilfrid Laurier University
Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Business and Front-End Developer

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Rui Xiao Dong
M.Sc. Applied Computing, University of Toronto
NLP Researcher

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Hoda Ghonim
IT Business Analyst Graduate Certificate, Conestoga College
Data Analyst & Market Researcher

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Kanwal Gilani
Certificate IT Business Analysis, Conestoga College

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Kevin Guo
Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

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Marjorie Javier
Graduate Certificate IT Business Analysis, Conestoga College
BSc Computer Science, Lyceum of the Philippines University
Business and Software Analyst

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Yun-Ha Jung
Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
Content & UI Developer

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Rick Kim
Freelance Web Developer
Mobile Developer

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SungJoe Kim
B.Sc. E.E. & Telecom. Tech., HanYang University
Software Engineer & Developer

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Kelvin Lin
Engineering and Management, McMaster University
Software Engineering Intern

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Dominic Mo
Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Content & UI Developer

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Venkata Sai Santhosh Nedunooru
B.Eng., Osmania University
Software Developer

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Sheldon Ni
Software Engineering, University of Waterloo

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Pavlo Petrushko
B.Sc. C.S., Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
Software Developer

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Vishal Raheja
M.Sc. Applied Computing, University of Toronto
ML Researcher

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Stanislav Rashevskyi
Electronic Systems Engineering, Conestoga College
Software Engineering Intern

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Amanda Redpath
Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Content & UI Developer

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Ariana Rodriguez
Management Engineering, University of Waterloo
Web Designer & Developer

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Himel Saha
Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

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Damian Sarzynski
M.B.A., Lazaridis School of Business, WLU
Business Analyst

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Vigneshwaran Sendhil
Software Engineering, University of Waterloo
Market Researcher & Content Developer

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Heather Shapiro
Ph.D. Neuroscience, UC Davis
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist

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Sheetal Weiz Srihala
B.Eng. Electronics & Comm. Eng., HKBK College of Engineering
Neural Engineer

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Rachel Tyli
Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Project Engineer Intern

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Ivan Richard Ugolole
B.Eng. Electronic Engineering, INTI International University
Post Grad Mobile Solution Development, Conestoga College
Animation & UI Developer

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Maria Valencia
Biomedical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Intern

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Melissa Yu
Biomedical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Intern

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Nancy Zhou
Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

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Selina Zhou
Certificate IT Business Analysis, Conestoga College
English Language and Culture, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Business & Software Analyst

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Shirley Zhou
B.Eng. C.S. & Tech., Zhejiang U. of Technology
Market Liaison


Organizations