Monday, October 1, 2018

How to build a smarter factory

Machine cartoon graphic

Imagine the day when manufacturing facilities can fix themselves and require no human workers at all. With industry 4.0, that day is a lot closer than you think

Your car has yet to reach its first birthday when the transmission seizes up unexpectedly. A mechanic informs you the culprit is a hairline crack on a gear deep inside the engine block. You haven’t been in any collisions, so how did a faulty part end up in your new vehicle?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New all-electric passenger service to connect Waterloo Region and Guelph

Tesla vehicles

KITCHENER — He's got the vehicles: A fleet of 10 all-electric Tesla Model X SUVs.

He's got the staff: A team of 18 full-time employees and counting.

Now all Jason Hammond needs are the passengers.

Hammond is the president of Wroute, a new transportation service that's launching between Waterloo Region and Guelph.

Friday, September 7, 2018

New system uses AI to detect potholes and other problems

professor John Zelek beside pot holes

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology may soon make it easier and cheaper to detect problems with roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure.

A new AI software system developed by researchers at Waterloo Engineering automatically analyzes photographs taken by vehicle-mounted cameras to flag potholes, cracks and other defects.

“If governments have that information, they can better plan when to repair a particular road and do it at a lower cost,” says John Zelek, a systems design engineering professor. “Essentially, it could mean lower taxes for residents.”

Monday, August 27, 2018

Waterloo’s autonomous vehicle program passes milestone of 100 km on public streets

Autonomoose vehicle

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have reached an important milestone by logging their 100thkilometre on public roads in a self-driving car.

Achieved last week in an industrial area of Waterloo, it is the culmination of almost two years of work since the research team won approval from the Ontario government to do on-road testing in an autonomous vehicle pilot program.

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).