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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Considering local conditions is the safest and fastest way to reopen Canada’s economy

Open sign with the VISA logo in the store window of a home furnishings store

A new study has found that allowing cities and counties to open and close independently based on standardized guidelines is the quickest and safest way of restoring the Canadian economy. 

The study found that opening workplaces and schools on a county-by-county basis when the county falls below 4.5 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 would result in 38 per cent fewer person-days of closure.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Continuing social distancing in Ontario and Quebec could save tens of thousands of lives

Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Quebec should wait several more months before lifting social distancing restrictions, according to the findings of a new mathematical model developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Applied Math professor receives CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award

Professor Jun Liu

Jun Liu (Applied Mathematics) has been awarded the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society and Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (CAIMS/PIMS) Early Career Award for 2020.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Waterloo's Faculty Mathematics student helps create an app that notifies users of potential exposure to COVID

Illustration of a smartphone with the Covid Watch app screen

Waterloo’s Department of Applied Mathematics PhD candidate James Petrie is among a group of volunteers who have combined their knowledge to develop Covid Watch, an app that uses Bluetooth to detect when users are in proximity to each other and alerts them anonymously if they were in contact with someone later confirmed to hav

Monday, April 6, 2020

Yinan Li wins 2020 Huawei Prize for Best Research paper

Yinan Li (PhD ‘19) wis one of two students to take home the coveted Huawei Prize for Best Research paper by a Mathematics Graduate Student. The $4,000 award recognizes the impact of Li’s novel approach to controlling the cyber-physical systems that play an increasingly visible role in modern life through technologies like unmanned air vehicles, autonomous cars, and surgical robots.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: Modelling COVID-19

With different countries, and different levels of government grappling with whether or not to publicly release their mathematical models and projections on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked Professor 

Monday, March 9, 2020

New software combines quantum and classical machine learning

Guillaume Verdon, Michael Broughton and Trevor McCourt in front of Google headquarters

Five University of Waterloo students have teamed up with Google to develop software to accelerate machine learning using quantum science.

The collaborative effort resulted in the creation of an open-source hybrid quantum-classical machine learning software platform, called TensorFlow Quantum. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Professor Kirsten Morris named 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow

Professor Kirsten Morris has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow. She is being recognized for contributions to control and estimator design for infinite-dimensional systems. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New math model could lead to more personalized cancer therapies

Magnifying glass over the word cancer in a newspaper

Researchers have found a new way to use math to better treat cancer and prevent its relapse.

Using the first mathematical model of its kind, researchers at the University of Waterloo found a way to study the interactions between the immune system and different types of cancer cells.

Using their new model, the researchers found that administering different cancer therapies in a particular sequence could better target cancer stem cells in tumours, potentially leading to more personalized treatments for cancer patients. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Professor Kirsten Morris elevated to IEEE Fellow

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has elevated Applied Mathematics Professor Kirsten Morris to the grade of Fellow, effective January 2020. This honour, bestowed “for contributions to control and estimator design for infinite-dimensional systems”, places Professor Morris at the highest grade of membership in the IEEE in recognition of extraordinary achievements and experience.