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.
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.
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.
While humans may be able to drive in all kinds of weather, and at night, the sensors that will enable a central-processing unit to do the same – safely – do not yet exist. Krzysztof Czarnecki, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, envisions the timeline being eight to 10 years before all-weather autonomous driving is a viable option.
ECE Professors Guang Gong and Zhou Wang have both been designated with the title of ‘University Research Chair.’ The University owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its professors and their scholarly accomplishments. Designation of this title recognizes a professor’s exceptional achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge. A University Research Chair may be held for up to seven years, with the possibility of a re-nomination.
ECE students Jia Hui Liang and Hari Govind V.K., ECE professors Vijay Ganesh, Krzysztof Czarnecki and Computer Science's Professor Pascal Poupart's paper entitled "An Empirical Study of Branching Heuristics through the Lens of Global Learning Rate," has been selected for submission and presentation at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) Sister Conference Best Paper Track.
A little bit of history should be made this fall on Colby Drive, an otherwise unremarkable loop of pavement in an industrial area of Waterloo.
After more than a year of painstaking work, it’s where researchers at the University of Waterloo expect to become the first university-based team to test an autonomous car – cleverly nicknamed Autonomoose by students - on any public road in Canada.
Recent research by ECE PhD students Nahid Juma and Jonathan Shahen, Professor Mahesh Tripunitara, and an external collaborator, establishes that work that received a prestigious award from the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, is deficient at its foundations.