Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Attendees visit campus for True North @ Waterloo

Attendees of the True North Waterloo conference at the Lot 42 event space in Kitchener will be visiting the University of Waterloo today for a special interactive event.

Organized by Communitech, True North is billed as an event that "will focus on how to reaffirm tech as a force for good in the world— and give innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and policymakers a renewed sense of mission to ensure it remains so."

The University will welcome 125 guests for a multi-session event entitled "Beyond Impact: True North @ Waterloo" at the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre and the Sedra Student Design Centre in Engineering 5.

Activities include a panel discussion, networking break, and interactive experience in the Sedra Student Design Centre that includes a student team and startup hardware showcase as well as the University's latest research innovations. Participants will connect with cutting-edge researchers and startups in areas including AI, quantum, autonomous vehicles and more.

Panellists include:

  • Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath Robotics
  • Katarina Ilic, Voltera
  • Alex Wong, Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo

The event is intended to highlight the University of Waterloo's historic and ongoing contribution to the region’s innovation ecosystem and the importance of Waterloo’s research and entrepreneurial spirit that has been a unique catalyst for the continued growth of the community.

The University of Waterloo is a proud sponsor of #TrueNorth18.

HR hosted Lean seminar and projects fair for employees

Kimberley Snage, Director HR Projects, Technology Analytics, Karen Ross co-author of The Toyota Way to Service Excellence, Kenton Needham, Executive Director HROn Wednesday, May 9, Human Resources hosted a Lean seminar titled “Creating a Culture of Daily Continuous Improvement in Higher Education” and a Lean projects fair for employees. A Lean workshop for leaders and executives was held on Thursday, May 10. The seminar and workshop were led by Karyn Ross, co-author of The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations.

Ross presented on the importance of creating a deliberate culture of daily continuous improvement by using creativity and divergent thinking. “Hope is not a strategy,” said Ross. To address problems for daily continuous improvement, organizations need to identify gaps between their current state and their goals.

The Lean Projects Fair was attended by more than 100 employees interested in learning about Lean initiatives happening in other departments at Waterloo. Departments who showcased Lean projects included the Sustainability Office, Plant Operations, Housing and Residence, Office of the Provost, Human Resources, IST, Registrar’s Office, St. Jerome’s, and the Library. The University of Guelph also attended to demonstrate how Lean has been applied in other higher education institutions.

On Thursday, May 10, representatives from the University and other organizations, including Bell Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, McMaster University, St. Mary’s General Hospital, and many more, attended the “Leading Lean in Higher Education” workshop for leaders.

To read the full article, view the event photos and to learn more about Lean, please visit the Waterloo Lean website

Pictured above (from L-R) are Kimberley Snage, Director HR Projects, Technology Analytics, Karen Ross, co-author of The Toyota Way to Service Excellence, Kenton Needham, Executive Director HR.

$3.7M in funding for AI and medical imaging project

Members of the KIMIA lab work at a computer.

The University of Waterloo's Laboratory for Knowledge Inference in Medical Image Analysis (Kimia Lab) recently announced that its AI project for digital pathology has been awarded a grant by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program (ORF-RE). The project aims to develop an intelligent search engine for digital pathology that can retrieve relevant cases from large archives, auto-caption the images, and facilitate consensus building.

“Digital pathology has opened new horizons in medical diagnosis” says Professor Hamid Tizhoosh, the director of Kimia Lab and the Principal Investigator of the project. “At the same time, we have been witnessing the rise of artificial intelligence technologies in recent years that could be applied to discover and exploit the collective wisdom in the big image data”. The project, entitled “Computational Peer Review through Identification and Captioning of Gigapixel Digital Pathology Scans” is entirely focused on using, fine-tuning and designing AI algorithms for whole-slide imaging.

The Ontario government will fund the 5-year project with a grant in amount of $3.2M. Huron Digital Pathology, as the industrial partner of Kimia Lab, will contribute $500k to the project. The company is the only Canadian manufacturer of digital scanners for pathology. Four professors from the University of Waterloo (Mark Crowley, Ali Ghodsi, Oleg Mikhailovich, and Hamid Tizhoosh), together with the machine learning group at the University of Guelph led by professor Graham Taylor (Vector Institute), and professor Shahryar Rahnamayan (UOIT) will collaborate with three hospitals to design and test an advanced search engine for large pathology archives. Grand River Hospital (Kitchener, ON), Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket, ON) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (PA, USA) will not only provide data but also validate the results of the project.

“We regard this as an exciting and historic opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the healthcare system in such a sensitive and significant field as pathology” adds Tizhoosh, “specially at this point of time when the research in artificial intelligence has started to yield practical results.”

The Laboratory for Knowledge Inference in Medical Image Analysis (Kimia Lab for short), a member of Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, conducts research at the forefront of mass image data in medical archives using machine learning schemes with ultimate goal of extracting information that cannot only support a more speedy and accurate diagnosis and treatment of many diseases but also establish new quality assurance based on mining of existing evidence.

Arts undergraduate office closure Wednesday

The Arts Undergraduate Office will be closed on Wednesday, May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for a staff meeting.

Link of the day

105 years ago: the riot at the Rite

When and where 

Book Store Spring Into Summer Sale, Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Campus Hall Concourse.

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 8, Institute for Quantum Computing.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence presents: Statements of Teaching Philosophy (graduate students only), Tuesday, May 29, 10:00 a.m., TC 1208.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Tuesday, May 29, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC2218.

Ecohydrology Seminar Series featuring Professor Claudia Wagner-Riddle, “Linking Surface N2O Flux to Soil Processes in Cold Climates,” May 29, 2:00 p.m., RCH 307.

Retirement celebration for Ralph Smith, Tuesday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Margaret Berton - mberton@uwaterloo.ca.

Rapid Career Promotion Briefing (graduate students only), Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays research talk with Arshi Shaikh, "What is Animal Hoarding?" Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Preventing Depression Relapse: A Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group, Wednesday, May 30, 5:00 p.m., Counselling Services, NH 2447.

Velocity Start: Building a Kick A** Team, Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the DC Quad. Or for those on campus in the evening, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the SLC.

Retirement party for Karen Cressman, Friday, June 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Fed Hall Columbia Room.

Discovery: A Comic Lament, Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College.

Transforming Space: Immerse, interact and imagine in Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, Saturday, June 2 to Monday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Royal Ontario Museum.

NEW - UWAG and Fine Arts present "This Could Be The Place: Performance Art Symposium," Monday, June 4 to Saturday, June 9, University of Waterloo Arts quad.

NEW - Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research presents "CRISPR IP & Patenting Life," Monday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., QNC 1506.

QPR Training, Monday, June 4, 1:30 p.m.

safeTALK training, Tuesday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NH 2447.

NEW - Tri-Agency Open Access Policy - From Author's Rights to UWSpace, Tuesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m., Library FLEX Lab.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Annotated bibliography using RefWorks, Wednesday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Library FLEX Lab.

Gustav Bakos Observatory public tour, Wednesday, June 6, lecture 9:00 p.m. in PHY 313, telescope viewing 9:30 p.m.

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like a Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Presidential Lecture featuring Professor Eric Mazur, Harvard University, Friday, June 8, 2:00 p.m., Federation Hall. Register on Ticketfi.

Nukes and the Nobel: A Conversation with Setsuko ThurlowWednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., reception at 6:45 p.m. in Atrium, Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall.

Spring 2018 Convocation, Tuesday, June 12 to Saturday, June 16, Physical Activities Complex.

University Club Spring Convocation Luncheon, Tuesday, June 12 to Saturday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Discover Your Career Values (for employees only), Wednesday, June 13, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC2218. 

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

ROM Daytime: Transforming Space: Can Architecture Come Alive?, Speaker: Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, Thursday, June 14, 11:00 a.m., Royal Ontario Museum.

Design and deliver I: Presentation Essentials, Thursday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition, Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., AL 105.