​Graham Taylor

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Academic Director, NextAI

Graham Taylor is an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph where he teaches courses on Machine Learning and Software Engineering. He was recently selected by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) as one of two Azrieli Global Scholars appointed to the Learning in Machines and Brains Program: an international competition recognizing excellence in research and leadership. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2009, where he was advised by Geoffrey Hinton and Sam Roweis.  He also co-founded the robotics and AI company, Kindred.

His research focuses on statistical machine learning, with an emphasis on deep learning and sequential data. Much of his work has focused on “seeing people” in images and video, for example, activity and gesture recognition, pose estimation, emotion recognition, and biometrics.

He is an internationally-recognized expert on Deep Learning, receiving research funding from industry and government, including a recent collaboration with Google and a highly competitive NSERC-French National Research Agency Strategic Partnerships Grant. He has presented his research at a variety of institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, University of California San Diego, the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Google, and Apple. Professor Taylor has trained more than 45 students and staff members since appointment and advised many organizations internationally.