Inventors of the Year

Baher Abdulhai and Samah El-Tantawy were named Inventors of the Year at the University of Toronto Celebrates Innovation event on May 21, 2014. Professor Abdulhai and his student, now a post-doctoral fellow, invented MARLIN Smart Traffic Lights Control Software. The technology uses machine learning to help traffic Lights self-optimize. Based on artificial intelligence and game theory, MARLIN improves the flow of traffic and reduces maintenance and infrastructure operating costs. Abdulhai is a professor and El- Tantawy, now a post-doctoral fellow, completed her PhD at U of T under Abdulhai’s supervision. They co-founded Pragmatek Transport Innovations in 2013.

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Baher and Samah received their award from President Gertler