Applied Brain Research is building brains

If a mission as ambitious as ours interests you, learn more about our company, team, and career opportunities below.

From research to reality

How Applied Brain Research began

ABR was spun out of Professor Chris Eliasmith's Computational Neuroscience Research Group (CNRG) at the University of Waterloo about two years after the Spaun model was published.

Just before that, Peter Suma had joined the CNRG to see if their approach to building neural and cognitive models might have commercial applications.
How ABR began
80+ years
Combined industry experience
Published works in AI
Years in business

ABR has award-winning technology

founders & leaders

ABR's leadership team

Meet the leadership team behind Applied Brain Research. The founders came together in 2012 to reimagine how artificial intelligence can be applied to the real world.

What we value most at ABR

Function above all
Most importantly, things have to work. We make products that work as we say they work, and are robustly tested. We only include features that make our products better. Similarly, if a business practice or a part of our culture isn't working, then we'll change it.
Failure is encouraged
Great ideas come from years of trial and error. We take risks and try things that won't end up working. We learn from these failures, most of the time. Sometimes it might take years of accumulated failure to finally succeed.
Be open with each other
Collaboration is key to our success. We share ideas and problems with one another; every project is a group project.
Include everyone in openness
We value the dissemination of ideas as much as the products we develop based on those ideas. We will share code and develop it in the open. We will publish, teach, and give talks about how we do what we do.
Patents, not Secrets
As an open company, we do need to protect our ideas somehow. We use the patent system as it was originally meant to be used. We want to foster innovation by all in our field, not stifle it.
Nothing, including this culture statement, is taken too seriously. We criticize constructively, are Canadianly polite, and recognize each other's value as people and not as workers.
Jobs at abr

Current openings across the company

We're always hiring - check back regularly if you don’t find a suitable position.
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Build brains with our technology

ABR's suite of products brings your smart product to life. Voice-enabled applications are a few clicks away with our hardware and software suite.



NengoEdge ML Creator


Nengo AI Builder Suite




Adaptive Control


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