Labs and centres


The researchers from the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) are modifying a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid to autonomous drive-by-wire operation.

Centre for Integrated RF Engineering (CIRFE)

Established thanks to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair on Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering, CIRFE's research group consists of more than 25 students, research engineers and postdoctoral fellows, and houses a state-of-the-art RF test and characterization laboratory, and a clean room.

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Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems

A world-class electromagnetic device and communication/sensing system development/characterization facility at the University of Waterloo.

Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI)

Conducting multidisciplinary research and development activities in areas related to intelligent systems and data analysis, like human-machine interaction, pattern recognition and image analysis and co-operative intelligent systems.

Mechatronic Vehicle Systems Lab

Research that addresses emerging challenges in vehicle controls and systems performance, safety and sustainability led by Amir Khajepour, Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems and NSERC/General Motors Industrial Research Chair in Holistic Vehicle Control.

Real-time Embedded Software Group

Research on real-time embedded software systems at the intersection of software technology, embedded networking, and applied formal methods.

Vision and Image Processing Lab 

Research group dedicated to understanding visual processes and finding solutions for the outstanding problems in image and video processing and intelligent systems.

Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles Lab (WAVE)

Robotics research and development focused on aerial vehicles using vision-based navigation, plus perception, planning and control for assisted and autonomous driving.

Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)

Conducting advanced research to further automotive innovation and competitiveness. From active safety to automated driving, from lightweighting to advanced powertrains, 125 faculty researchers lead the largest university-based automotive activity in the country.