News archive - August 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Waterloo researchers unearth gender and age biases in popular visual dataset

Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo have unearthed inherent gender and age biases buried in a popular image dataset used to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems around the world.

The discovery will help researchers find ways to rebalance the data so it better reflects demographic diversity, ultimately paving the way for more accurate AI models.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cannabis startup pitches investors in Silicon Valley

A startup company with roots at Waterloo Engineering made a pitch to investors in California this week as a participant in the Y Combinator accelerator program.

SannTek Labs, which is based in the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener, is one of almost 200 startups in the three-month summer cohort of the high-profile Bay Area program. Participants typically receive $150,000 in seed funding.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Researchers find link between speeding and crashing

A unique analysis by engineering and mathematics researchers at the University of Waterloo showed that speeding is the riskiest kind of aggressive driving.

Data for the study – the first of its kind - was provided by insurance companies with clients in Ontario and Texas whose vehicles had been fitted with on-board devices. It covered 28 million trips.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mechatronics students win $100,000 scholarships

Two incoming mechatronics engineering students will start their academic careers at the University of Waterloo this fall with $100,000 each in support from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program.

Evangeline Dryburgh, 17, of Mamora, Ont., and Shahed Saleh, 18, of Windsor, distinguished themselves in a field of more than 1,400 nominees for just 50 of the prestigious scholarships across the country.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Alumnus makes list of 40 under 40 business leaders

Waterloo Engineering alumnus Michael Litt was recently selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders for 2019, an honour based on contributions to both their industries and their communities.

Litt, who earned a systems design engineering degree in 2011, is a co-founder and CEO of Vidyard, a Kitchener-based company with an analytics platform that helps businesses develop effective video strategies.

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