Waterloo Engineering spinoff recognized by United Nations for sustainable AI innovation

By: Brian Caldwell

Faculty of Engineering

A company that was co-founded by two Waterloo Engineering professors has been recognized by an agency of the United Nations (UN) for its contributions to a state-of-the-art facility to farm crickets as a source of protein.

DarwinAI and the Aspire Food Group, which is leading the initiative, were named to a list of the top 10 projects using artificial intelligence (AI) to advance the UN’s sustainability goals.

"It’s been inspiring to work on such a visionary project that brings artificial intelligence into tangible, meaningful reality, given the increasing global demand for sustainable solutions for food and material production,” said Alexander Wong, who is leading the design and development of AI algorithms for the facility.

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