Thursday, November 9, 2017

Waterloo researchers join Premier at AV testing event

UW highly automated vehicles on display in Stratford.

Researchers from Waterloo Engineering shared the spotlight yesterday as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne officially announced Stratford as the home of a testing zone for the development of self-driving vehicles.

Wynne spoke with Professor Krzysztof Czarnecki and eight student researchers who were on hand with two highly automated cars – the Autonomoose and a similar Lincoln MKZ sedan that is being developed with Renasas Electronics – to show off the technology.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Waterloo named Canada’s most innovative university for 26th consecutive year

Engineering 5 from overpass

The University of Waterloo is Canada’s most innovative university, according to a reputational survey from Maclean’s magazine.

Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities, released today, also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall kickoff to the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge

Electric vehicle challenger ready to race

Each Spring Waterloo Engineering hosts the Waterloo High School Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge. The EV Challenge encourages students to design and test their own electric car in the annual endurance competition.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Take a look under the hood of an autonomous car

Student research team working on the Autonomoose

Building an artificial brain that will one day replace human drivers is an incredibly complex technical challenge, say the researchers leading Waterloo’s autonomous vehicle project  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pursue Problems That Matter: Tesla's JB Straubel on innovation and success

JB Straubel of Telsa addresses audience at Waterloo Summit

JB Straubel got a big laugh, then delivered a heartfelt message, as he closed the Waterloo Innovation Summit with a keynote address Friday afternoon.

Friday, September 8, 2017

New software can detect when people text and drive

Driver texting while behind the wheel

Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities.

The system uses cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect hand movements that deviate from normal driving behaviour and grades or classifies them in terms of possible safety threats.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Telsa Co-founder to Keynote at Waterloo Innovation Summit

JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer of Tesla

The University of Waterloo will host innovators from around the world who have revolutionized business through disruptive technology for its fifth annual Waterloo Innovation Summit on September 14 and 15. With this year's conference theme 'Hacking the Future', influential speakers from a wide range of sectors will focus on discussions in foward-thinking and interactive conversations. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reading the minds of deep learning AI systems

Devinder Kumar

As expectations soar in the exploding field of artificial intelligence (AI), a small but growing group of researchers is buckling down on a fundamental problem: understanding how increasingly complex computer programs actually work.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Chemical engineering students win electric mobility challenge

Electric mobility challenge student winners

A team of Waterloo chemical engineering students captured first place in the seventh annual Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) Student competition held during the Electric Mobility National Conference in Toronto.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Seven wonders that will change your world

Car under bridge

Steven Waslander looks forward to his drives becoming a lot easier.

“Driving on highways and in cities is dull, time-consuming, and can be very stressful,” says Waslander, director of the Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (WAVELab). “I would be just as happy gazing out the window while the car does the dirty work for me.”