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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. Jan. 21, 2019The unintended safety problems with partially automated vehicles

    TORONTO — The weak link when it comes to partially-automated cars might be you. Humans aren’t good at paying attention when it feels like there’s nothing much to do, in part because we’re too quick to trust computers to do things for us.

    That presents a safety problem for current Level 2 (partially-automated) vehicles that combine lane-centring steering and adaptive cruise control. While such systems — including Tesla’s Autopilot and similar tech from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and others — likely help make cars safer, this technology is also introducing new dangers.

  2. Jan. 17, 2019Graduate scholarship launched to honour ECE professor

    Alumni have established a scholarship in Xuemin (Sherman) Shen's name to show their gratitude for the electrical and computer engineering professor's dedication to his graduate students over the years.

  3. Jan. 10, 2019Professor Pin-Han Ho elevated to IEEE Fellow

    ECE Professor, Pin-Han Ho, has been elevated to Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to failure restoration in optical backbone networks.

    IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

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  1. Jan. 23, 2019PhD Defence Notice - Christopher Charles Scott

    Candidate: Christopher Charles Scott

    Title: Propagation-based phase-contrast x-ray imaging using direct conversion detectors

    Date: January 23, 2019

    Time: 1:30 PM

    Place: EIT 3142

    Supervisor(s): Karim, Karim S.


  2. Jan. 25, 2019PhD Defence Notice - Rasoul Mohammadi Nasiri

    Candidate: Rasoul Mohammadi Nasiri

    Title: Video Quality Assessment: Exploring the Impact of Frame Rate

    Date: January 25, 2019

    Time: 2:00 PM

    Place: EIT 3142

    Supervisor(s): Wang, Zhou


  3. Aug. 26 to 30, 2019Waterloo Workshop on ML + Verification + Security

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