Hi, I'm Ayleen Farnood

Student @ UofT
BCI + AI + VR Developer
Co-founder, The Plastic Shift

I'm an 18 year old student in Engineering Science at UofT who's passionate about brain-computer interfaces, AI, and VR. I've always been curious to learn as much as I can about the world and I've written various articles on my research and experiences thus far. I have had internships at Microsoft and the University of Toronto, been featured on CTV, had articles written about me in publications such as the Globe and Mail and Women of Influence, and have spoken at various conferences in Toronto. I'm also a cofounder at The Plastic Shift, an organization devoted to solving the plastic pollution problem!

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what i do.

BMI developer

I have built my own brain-computer interfaces (including a program that allows users to spell out words by blinking) and written various articles on the technology.

AI researcher/UofT intern

I have taken various courses on AI and interned under Prof. Kundur at the University of Toronto where I developed a ML algorithm for autonomous vehicles.

VR developer

I've built numerous games in virtual reality including Fruit Ninja, Flappy Bird, Tic-Tac-Toe, and a hurdles game. I've also written numerous articles on these projects.

Microsoft intern

In the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to work at Microsoft as a product development intern. There, I worked on projects that were later implemented within the company.

EngSci Student

I'm a first year university student studying engineering science at UofT. Last fall, I was elected to be a first year class representative in UofT's Engineering student council (EngSoc).

The Plastic Shift Cofounder

In 2020, I cofounded an organization to provide resources on the plastic pollution problem. We've spoken at a webinar held by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and partnered with Plastic Bank.

  • My all-time favourite quote.

    "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Sir Winston Churchill

blog posts.

Extroverted introvert

My journey of becoming more outgoing and "extroverted" despite being an introvert.

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Learning how to market research

What I learned from meeting people with substance abuse disorders at LaunchX MIT.

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Fail, fail, and fail again

A look into the life of Max Levchin and the story of perseverence and failure.

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