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, 95 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. May 23, 2019Is a robot a social being?

    What makes a machine more than just a piece of hardware? Do we form relationships with our technology? How should we be teaching robots to act? And what are they teaching us?

    These are just some of the questions that Kerstin Dautenhahn is exploring as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics. Dautenhahn joined the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering in 2018 to establish the new Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory.

  2. May 6, 2019Sleep well! This radar system can monitor body’s vital signs wirelessly

    Scientists have developed a radar system that can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines. Housed in a device smaller than a cellphone, the new technology records heart and breathing rates using sensitive radar waves that are analyzed by sophisticated algorithms embedded in an onboard digital signal processing unit.

  3. May 6, 2019Next-generation Wi-Fi promises a good connection, even in airports

    While the world impatiently awaits the dawn of the 5G era, equipment manufacturers and network operators are slowly drawing attention to another new-and-improved wireless standard: Wi-Fi 6.

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  1. May 21 to June 2, 2019Problem Pitch Competition open for applicationsProblem Pitch poster

    The Problem Lab presents the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch. The competition invites teams of up to four students to choose an important industry problem and thoroughly research its history, scope, and impact. Students pitch their findings to a panel of judges on July 11th to compete for a share of up to $30,000 in funding.

  2. May 22 to June 2, 2019Co-op Problem Award applications startProblem award poster

    Co-operative Education and The Problem Lab are pleased to offer students the opportunity to win one of two scholarship awards of up to $1,500!

  3. May 27, 2019PhD Defence Notice - Husam Suleiman

    Candidate: Husam Suleiman

    Title: Service-Level-Driven Load Scheduling and Balancing in Multi-Tier Cloud Computing

    Date: May 27, 2019

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Place: EIT 3142

    Supervisor(s): Basir, Otman



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