Monday, February 4, 2019

Bereavement Notice

Dear ECE students, faculty and staff,

We are so very saddened to hear of the passing of one of our own students, Mohammad “Mishkat” Islam, who was in his second year of our undergraduate program. On behalf of the ECE department, we send our heartfelt condolences to Mishkat’s family and loved ones.

For more information, please see the announcement on the UW website: https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/bereavement-notice-0

Sincerely,

Vincent Gaudet (Chair)

Friday, February 1, 2019

Fakhri Karray to be inducted as Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada

Fakhri Karray, ECE Professor and co-Director of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, will be inducted in Gatineau/Ottawa on 30 March 2019 as an Engineering Institute of Canada Fellow for his exceptional contribution to engineering in Canada.

Congratulations Fakhri!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hybrid electricity system would reduce rates, improve service

A new distribution system designed by researchers at the University of Waterloo would reduce electricity prices by more than five per cent while also improving service reliability.

The design involves the integration of the two kinds of electric current that power homes, industries and electric vehicles—alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC).

Researchers found efficiencies by designing a system that delivers both kinds of current to customers instead of the AC-only distribution systems now in use throughout the world.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

CBC News: Ontario allows public road testing of autonomous cars — without someone behind the wheel

Manufacturers and researchers can now test automated vehicles without a driver on public roads

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fast-growing AI startup lands $16.3 million in funding

A startup company that was co-founded by ECE alumnus Mike Matta has raised $16.3 million to continue growing and developing its business intelligence and surveillance video software.

Solink, one of the fastest-growing companies in Ottawa, synchronizes security video footage with information on sales transactions and analyzes the combined data using artificial intelligence (AI) to give retail business owners insight into their operations.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ECE PhD student, Amir Ameli, wins Doctoral Thesis Completion Award

ECE PhD student Amir Ameli has been selected as a recipient of the Doctoral Thesis Completion Award for the Winter 2019 term.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The 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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Graduate 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.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Professor 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.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Waterloo makes the cut! The Americas' most innovative universities for AI and robotics

Across North and South America, automation is transforming the nature of work and is
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