Friday, August 10, 2018

Researchers awarded $13.6 million in federal funding

Ehsan Toyserkani

Two research networks led by Waterloo Engineering experts were front and centre as more than $78 million in federal funding was announced today for collaborations between academia and businesses across the country.

Ehsan Toyserkani, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, will receive $5.5 million over five years for the Network for Holistic Innovations in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM).

Friday, July 27, 2018

Traffic simulations could improve environment, fuel economy

Anjie Liu a civil engineering graduate student

Anjie Liu, a civil engineering graduate student, is using simulation software to help traffic controllers decrease vehicle emissions.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Miovision and University of Waterloo team up on vehicle emissions

miovision logo

Road vehicles are a significant source of pollution in Canada, accounting for about 145.1 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2016, or about 21 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

As a result, municipalities are beginning to consider the environmental costs of vehicle emissions as part of their traffic management practices. The Region of Waterloo in Ontario, for example, looks at fuel consumption and emissions when conducting intersection control studies.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Silence is golden inside UW lab

Profressors in anechoic chamber

Anechoic chamber is free from noise and electronic interference, leading to new scientific breakthroughs in Waterloo

WATERLOO — The heavy steel door inside Room 1018 of the Engineering 5 building at the University of Waterloo looks more like a bank vault than the entrance to a laboratory.

Monday, May 7, 2018

WATonomous wins awards in autonomous car contest

WATonomous vehicle coming off loading truck

University of Waterloo students drove away from the first part of a competition to develop a self-driving car with four awards and a fourth place overall finish.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New system revs up efficiency of internal combustion engines

Amir Khajepour (right) works with students in his lab at Waterloo Engineering

A decade of research at Waterloo Engineering has yielded promising new technology to boost the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

Validated tests in the lab have shown gains of more than 10 per cent for a patented system to open and close engine valves, an innovation that would save money while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Both simple and reliable, the technology could significantly reduce fuel consumption in everything from ocean-going ships to compact cars.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Toronto van attack: Could automatic brakes have helped prevent the tragedy?

Truck car brake simulation

In the wake of the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 14 others on Monday, many are left wondering how a tragedy like this can be prevented from happening again.

Some experts are turning their attention to enhanced vehicle technology, such as automatic braking systems. This involves sensors on a vehicle that can detect a crash, warn the driver and apply brakes if the person behind the wheel does not take action quickly enough.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Can new vehicle technology prevent attacks like the one in Toronto? The experts aren't so sure

White van in Toronto attack

Autonomous tech can slow down vehicle attacks, but won't stop them completely, professor says

Thursday, March 15, 2018

University of Waterloo partners with Chinese institutions on connected autonomous driving

Steering wheel of self driving car

The University of Waterloo will partner with leading institutes in China to advance research in the areas of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

The partnership between Waterloo and the Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS) was solidified in an agreement recently signed by all parties.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Women in Engineering: WatCAR’s own GAIA Wonder Woman on panel at International Women’s Day celebration at Princess Twin

Stefanie Bruinsma speaking on panel

By Lauren Ward

Being a female in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field is one of the most difficult undertakings, with many barriers that women have to overcome to succeed. The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research’s (WatCAR) own Stefanie Bruinsma had an amazing opportunity to share her experiences within the engineering industry on panel at The Everyday Wonder Woman: Panel Discussion and Movie Screening event hosted by University of Waterloo’s Women in Engineering on March 8th, 2018 at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Uptown Waterloo.