News archive - February 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mentorship is key to success of IBET PhD Project

The recently launched Indigenous and Black Engineering Technology (IBET) PhD Project will provide funding to support Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering at six Ontario universities.

Led by Waterloo Engineering, the initiative aims to change the academic landscape by increasing the number of Indigenous and Black engineering professors teaching and researching in universities across Canada.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

PhD students win top honours for hydrology presentations

Two civil and environmental doctoral candidates received outstanding student presentation awards in the hydrology section of the annual American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Danyka Byrnes and Robert Chlumsky spoke about their research at the event held online in December. Considered to be one of the premier international geophysical conferences, it normally draws over 25,000 participants.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Prof uses robots to level field for kids with disabilities

A new robot named MyJay that lights up when it scores a basket is just part of Kerstin Dautenhahn’s vision to build robots that give all children the ability to play games regardless of their abilities.

“I really believe social robots can make a positive contribution to society,” says Dautenhahn, a Waterloo Engineering professor and Canada 150 Chair in Intelligent Robotics.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

COVID-19 tracing system receives provincial funding boost

The province is investing $2.5 million to accelerate the development of wearable contact tracing technology Waterloo Engineering researchers helped design.

The government’s Ontario Together Fund will provide Facedrive Inc., a Toronto-based technology company, with the funding for its TraceSCAN system that alerts users to possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Researchers urge big tech to help close ‘digital divide’

A professor at Waterloo Engineering and one of her graduate students make a case in a column published today that big technology companies must help bridge a “deep digital divide” in Canada.

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