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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. Mar. 8, 2018Bumps on the road: Why driverless cars are further off than we think

    Sebastian Fischmeister, the executive director of the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research and an associate professor of computer engineering, says while automated vehicles have been taught how to handle roads, highways, and traffic signals, they are still lacking dependability when it comes to an element of the road that’s much more unpredictable: humans.

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  2. Feb. 26, 2018Richardus (Dick) van Heeswijk, ECE Professor Emeritus, dies at 92

    Richardus (Dick) van Heeswijk, ECE Professor Emeritus, has passed at the age of 92.  Professor van Heeswijk joined the department in 1961 specializing in the area of high voltage.  He will be remembered for the enthusiasm and passion he brought to the classroom.

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  3. Feb. 15, 2018University of Waterloo part of two winning innovation supercluster initiatives
    The University of Waterloo will be a key partner with leading Canadian companies and sectors chosen to help grow our country’s global competitiveness through significant investments in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced manufacturing.
    As part of the Government of Canada’s $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative, Waterloo will take a leading research role in two of the five winning bids announced today.
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  1. Mar. 21, 2018Electrical & Computer Engineering Capstone Design Symposium

    Come and explore Electrical & Computer Engineering's Capstone Design

    View all 2018 Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design Projects.

  2. Mar. 22, 2018Ph.D. Defence - Hua Fan

    Candidate: Hua Fan

    Title: Building Scalable and Consistent Distributed Databases under Conflicts

    Date: March 22, 2018

    Time: 1:30 PM

    Place: EIT 3142

    Supervisor(s): Golab, Wojciech


  3. May 8, 2018Distinguished Lecture: "Ultra‐thin Chips ‐ a New Paradigm in Silicon Technology" by Dr. Joachim N. Burghartz

    "Ultra‐thin Chips ‐ a New Paradigm in Silicon Technology"

    Speaker: Dr. Joachim N. Burghartz

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