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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.

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, 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.
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