Wednesday, December 22, 2021 — 1:00 PM EST

Candidate: Sun Sheng Gu
Title: XC: Exploring Quantitative Use Cases for Explanations in 3D Object Detection
Date: December 22, 2021
Time: 13:00
Place: online
Supervisor(s): Czarnecki, Krzysztof

Abstract:
Explainable AI (XAI) methods are frequently applied to obtain qualitative insights
about deep models’ predictions. However, such insights need to be interpreted by a human
observer to be useful. In this thesis, we aim to use explanations directly to make decisions

Thursday, December 16, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Purple Graphic Coffee and Conversation with Dean Mary Wells

Beginning September 23rd, and continuing every Thursday through this term, Dean Mary Wells will be available on the 1st floor of E7, outside the C&D, from 3-5 pm for a chat and to connect.

Thursday, December 16, 2021 — 3:00 PM EST

Candidate: Ian Elmor Lang
Title: Worst-Case Latency Analysis for the Versal Network-on-Chip
Date: December 16, 2021
Time: 15:00
Place: online
Supervisor(s): Kapre, Nachiket - Pellizzoni, Rodolfo

Abstract:
The recent line of Versal FPGA devices from Xilinx Inc. includes a hard NetworkOn-Chip (NoC) embedded in the programmable logic,
designed to be a high-performance system-level interconnect. While the target markets for Versal devices include applications

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 — 1:00 PM EST

Candidate: Zack Strike
Title: Preliminary Development of a Microfluidic Tool for the Characterization of Molecular Machines
Date: December 14, 2021
Time: 13:00
Place: online
Supervisor(s): Backhouse, Chris (Adjunct) - Wright, Derek

Abstract:
Droplet interface bilayers (DIBs) have been proposed as a key tool to better study transmembrane proteins and their quantum
biology. This work focused on developing a microfluidic device for the formation of DIBs.

Friday, December 10, 2021 — 1:00 PM EST

Candidate: Bianca Esanu
Title: An Assessment of, and Improvements to, the Digital Forensics Acquisition Process of a Law Enforcement Agency
Date: December 10, 2021
Time: 13:00
Place: MS Teams
Supervisor(s): Tripunitara, Mahesh

Abstract:
Forensics addresses the collection and analysis of evidence. Digital forensics is forensics in the context of digital devices. It
is a rapidly evolving field employed in various organizations such as law enforcement, government, and the private sector. The

Thursday, December 9, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Purple Graphic Coffee and Conversation with Dean Mary Wells

Beginning September 23rd, and continuing every Thursday through this term, Dean Mary Wells will be available on the 1st floor of E7, outside the C&D, from 3-5 pm for a chat and to connect.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 — 1:00 PM EST

Candidate: Srinirdheeshwar Kuttuva Prakash
Title: Managing HBM’s bandwidth in Multi-Die FPGAs using Overlay NoCs
Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 13:00
Place: online
Supervisor(s): Kapre, Nachiket - Patel, Hiren

Abstract:
We can improve HBM bandwidth distribution and utilization on a multi-die FPGA like Xilinx Alveo U280 by using Overlay
Network-on-Chips (NoCs). HBM in Xilinx Alveo U280 offers 8GBs of memory capacity with a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 460

Thursday, December 9, 2021 — 9:30 AM EST

Candidate: Sherin Adel Helal
Title: Multi-Sector Demand Side Management in Smart Cities
Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 9:30
Place: online
Supervisor(s): Salama, Magdy - Shaaban, Mostafa (Adjunct)

Abstract:
Environmental concerns are on an all time high and can no longer be ignored. The majority of electricity is generated using
fossil fuels, this is troublesome as fossil fuels are depleting off the face of the earth. Moreover, they contribute heavily to

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (all day)

Candidate: Xinyu Guo
Title: Degraded Reference Image Quality Assessment
Date: December 8, 2021
Time: 12:00
Place: MS Teams
Supervisor(s): Wang, Zhou

Abstract:
Images/videos are playing a more and more important role in the 21st century. The perceived quality of visual content often
degrades during the process of acquisition, storage, transmission, display and rendering. Since subjective evaluation of such a

Thursday, December 2, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Purple Graphic Coffee and Conversation with Dean Mary Wells

Beginning September 23rd, and continuing every Thursday through this term, Dean Mary Wells will be available on the 1st floor of E7, outside the C&D, from 3-5 pm for a chat and to connect.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 — 3:00 PM EST

Candidate: Di Wang
Title: Interval Type Inference: Improvements and Evaluations

Date: December 2, 2021
Time: 15:00
Place: MS Teams
Supervisor(s): Dietl, Werner

Abstract:
Interval analysis estimates the run-time intervals of numerical expressions in the source code by computing a lower bound and an
upper bound. Interval analysis for integral types is useful in providing facts of the target program to help developers find

Monday, November 29, 2021 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
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Friday, November 26, 2021 — 6:00 PM EST

Candidate: Harry Chan Chan
Title: Implementing FPGA-optimized Systolic Arrays using 2D Knapsack and Evolutionary Algorithms

Date: November 26, 2021
Time: 18:00
Place: MS Teams
Supervisor(s): Kapre, Nachiket

Abstract:
Underutilization of FPGA resources is a significant challenge in the deployment of FPGAs as neural network accelerators.
We propose an FPGA-optimized systolic array architecture to improve the CNN inference throughput by orders of magnitude through

Thursday, November 25, 2021 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
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Meet graduate student researchers from science,
engineering, and mathematics and hear how they discovered quantum information
science found their way into research, and how the skills they gained in
their undergraduate studies are helping them develop the next generation of
quantum technology.

Thursday, November 25, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Purple Graphic Coffee and Conversation with Dean Mary Wells

Beginning September 23rd, and continuing every Thursday through this term, Dean Mary Wells will be available on the 1st floor of E7, outside the C&D, from 3-5 pm for a chat and to connect.

Monday, November 22, 2021 — 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM EST
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Join Research Talks, a panel discussion and Q&A examining the future of
employment featuring:

Thursday, November 18, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Purple Graphic Coffee and Conversation with Dean Mary Wells

Beginning September 23rd, and continuing every Thursday through this term, Dean Mary Wells will be available on the 1st floor of E7, outside the C&D, from 3-5 pm for a chat and to connect.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 — 3:00 PM EST

Title: Challenges in long-term autonomy

Date: November 18, 2021

Time: 3:00pm

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 — 12:00 PM EST
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Sustainable nanomaterials, such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are rod-like nanoparticles obtained by sulfuric acid hydrolysis of cellulose fibres.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 — 9:00 AM to Thursday, January 13, 2022 — 9:00 PM EST

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Future undergraduate engineering students are invited to join us for an admissions-focused webinar that will focus on the admissions process and cover topics like how to apply, tips for your Admissions Information Form (AIF), and more!

Our panellists will include our Director/Associate Director of Admissions as well as current students who successfully went through the process themselves.

Friday, November 12, 2021 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST
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As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Erin Mahoney,
Commissioner of Environmental Services for York Region and Douglas Wright
Engineer-in-Residence will present: York Region’s One Water Story…
recognizing the value of water in all its forms.

Thursday, November 11, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Purple Graphic Coffee and Conversation with Dean Mary Wells

Beginning September 23rd, and continuing every Thursday through this term, Dean Mary Wells will be available on the 1st floor of E7, outside the C&D, from 3-5 pm for a chat and to connect.

Monday, November 8, 2021 — 12:00 PM EST
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Join Chris Wilson, faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conversation with scientific outreach manager John Donohue.

Friday, November 5, 2021 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Join us on November 5 as we welcome Alumni from our graduate programs to speak about the impact their graduate degree had on their career path. This is a great event to attend if you are curious about how a graduate degree in engineering can support you!

Date: Friday, November 5
Time: 12pm-1pm EDT

Register here: https://mailchi.mp/uwaterloo.ca/enggradalumnipanel

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