News archive - February 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Self-powering water leak sensor invented at Waterloo

Norman Zhou

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed a tiny, battery-free, self-powering sensor that could dramatically reduce the cost of protecting buildings from damaging water leaks.

The new device, housed in a box just three centimetres square, is the product of a collaboration between professors Norman Zhou and George Shaker.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Amphibious housing expert shares her vision at TEDx

Elizabeth English, a School of Architecture professor, shared her personal experiences while speaking at a recent TEDxManhattanBeach conference about how amphibious housing can save communities in flood zones.

Monday, February 3, 2020

AV researchers release winter-driving training tool

Autonomous vehicle (AV) developers now have a new winter-weather tool at their disposal thanks to engineering researchers.

Teams at Waterloo Engineering and the University of Toronto collaborated on a free, open-source dataset to test and train AV perception algorithms in nasty conditions.

“We want to engage the research community to generate new ideas and enable innovations,” said Krzysztof Czarnecki, the engineering professor who leads the Waterloo team.

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