News archive - May 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

New tool uses AI tech to assess COVID-19 severity

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by researchers at Waterloo Engineering is capable of assessing the severity of COVID-19 cases with a promising degree of accuracy.

The study, part of the COVID-Net open-source initiative launched more than a year ago, involved researchers from Waterloo and spin-off startup company DarwinAI, as well as radiologists at the Stony Brook School of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

New program offers tutoring to high school students

Waterloo Engineering is offering free tutoring to high school students across Ontario to help them succeed with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new program, known as Hive Mind, is aimed at Grade 10, 11 and 12 students who are struggling in advanced functions, calculus, chemistry and physics — all key subjects required to pursue post-secondary engineering programs. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Collaboration with Japan yields new AV safety tool

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering and in Japan have developed a mathematical method to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles and other autonomous systems.

The new tool, developed as part of a five-year collaboration, gives engineers a systematic way to determine the safety margin made necessary by uncertainties in sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

In the case of autonomous vehicles, for instance, extra braking distance may be required to guarantee safety because systems can perceive objects to be further away than they actually are.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Prof cited for one of 2020’s top PNAS research papers

A professor at Waterloo Engineering was recently honoured by the National Academy of Sciences of America for research involving a gel-like robot, inspired by sea slugs and snails, that is steerable by light.

Hamed Shahsavan, who joined Waterloo as a professor of chemical engineering last year, was lead author of a paper chosen as a finalist for a Cozzarelli Prize recognizing the top work published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in 2020.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Biomedical student wins national award for women

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A second-year biomedical engineering student at Waterloo has won a national scholarship for women based on their leadership, volunteerism and community involvement.

Sophie Stupalo is one of five winners country-wide of $5,000 awards from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, which promotes the profession as a career choice for young women.

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