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Welcome to Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is Waterloo’s largest academic department, with over 2,500 students, 93 full-time faculty members and 50 support staff. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering, ECE provides academic expertise and support to Waterloo’s multidisciplinary mechatronics, nanotechnology, and software engineering programs.

Our research activities cover a wide range of fields, from high-voltage engineering and sustainable energy to breakthroughs in wireless technology that will enhance communications across our global society. Our faculty members and students are creating low-cost digital x-ray imagers to combat tuberculosis in developing countries, and building real-time embedded systems that will advance the design and reliability of consumer and industrial products.

  1. Nov. 20, 2018Fighting wildfires with artificial intelligence

    As our climate changes and forest fires increase in number and intensity, what does our future with forest fires look like?

    British Columbia experienced a state of emergency this summer when wildfires burned across the province, destroying more area than in any other season on record. The fire currently raging in California has become the deadliest wildfire in the state's modern history.

    With climate scientists predicting warmer, drier weather in many regions across Canada, finding solutions to combat the devastation of forest fires has never been more pressing.

  2. Nov. 14, 2018 Portable detector helps detect cancer faster

    ECE's Professor Karim Karim and University of Waterloo startup KA Imaging were featured last night on CTV news.  Watch the video

  3. Oct. 29, 2018Ladan Tahvildari wins Facebook feasibility study award

    To support new and innovative research in the area of Test and Verification, Facebook invited university faculty to respond to a call for Testing and Verification research proposals.

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