Jenny Midwinter

Jenny began investigating AI and self-driving wheelchairs after her brother broke his neck in an accident, leaving him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. After learning of his mobility issues in his current wheelchair, she decided to try creating something to help him.

Currently, Jenny is collaborating as Chief Scientist, Applied AI, at Eightfold Technologies, and responsible for the development of vision based self-driving technology for Eightfold's SmartChair.  She is the CEO and founder of Blue Horizon AI, a start up dedicated to applying AI in autonomous technologies to assist the disabled.

Jenny is also the co-founder of and co-organizer of the Ottawa Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Meetup (3100+ members), both organizations established to promote networking and sharing of technical knowledge for the burgeoning AI/ML Ottawa Industry. 

Jenny has over 25 years of R&D experience in the Telecom Industry, primarily at Bell Northern Research/Nortel, and then later at Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, in a wide variety of roles as software developer, team lead, manager, project manager, and systems architect.


Najmeh Taleb

Najmeh, a former Carleton University computer science PhD graduate, joined us in September 2018 for Deep Learning Training & now in January as a “Deep Learning” researcher. She will be focusing on the AI vision learning algorithms used in the wheelchair auto-pilot function to gain performance improvements.


Benoît Côté, Hardware & Mechanics

Benoît Côté is a graduate of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Robotics Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa (Ontario). His passion is to improve the quality of life for people through the advancement of technology. Benoit is the Hardware Engineer for the SmartChair.