Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Capstone team captures top award in accessibility contest

A mechanical engineering Capstone Design team that created a wheelchair with enhanced comfort, speed and control has won a top prize in the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) national competition.

The Enhanced Mobility Wheelchair team developed an augmented wheelchair with a novel drive system to provide greater ergonomic support and promote good posture even when the operator is tired. Selectable gear ratios greatly improve motion efficiency on a variety of terrains.

Friday, July 19, 2019

KIMIA lab selected for ‘thrilling’ medical AI project

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering are teaming up with a leading artificial intelligence (AI) institute and a network of Toronto hospitals to help doctors better read x-rays and diagnose patients.

Hamid Tizhoosh, who heads the Laboratory for Knowledge Inference in Medical Image Analysis (KIMIA Lab) at Waterloo, called working with hospitals to use AI “the most thrilling thing I have ever done in my career.”

Friday, July 19, 2019

Engineering teams take three prizes at Velocity finals

Teams with ties to Waterloo Engineering took three of four $5,000 prizes on the line this week at the summer edition of the Velocity Fund Finals pitch contest.

Insula Medical, WatFly and Emergency Response Africa (ERA) competed against seven other early stage startup companies with three-minute presentations at the Student Life Centre. Teams in the finals qualified from an initial field of 42.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Students develop system to select cricket highlights

Passions for the sport of cricket and image processing came together in an impressive way for three students in a master’s class at Waterloo Engineering.

The project they produced uses deep-learning artificial intelligence (AI) to select highlights from hours of match video by recognizing the gestures made by umpires after significant plays.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New robotics technology improves bridge inspections

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed new technology to automate bridge inspections for structural defects and deterioration.

The system uses autonomous robots, cameras and lidar to systematically collect data for detection and analysis, making mandatory safety inspections both cheaper and more reliable.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Professor awarded $1.65M for ultrasound training

An electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Waterloo has been awarded $1.65 million under a federal program designed to train Canada's researchers of tomorrow.

Alfred Yu, who is cross-appointed to applied mathematics, will receive funding over six years through the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Free food, games on the agenda for Engineering Day

Students, staff, faculty members and local alumni of Waterloo Engineering will get into the spirit again Friday at a free event to celebrate its sense of community.

The fourth annual Engineering Day, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carl Pollock Hall (CPH) courtyard on July 12, will include a purple colour throw, a barbecue, inflatable games, a dunk tank, soft-serve ice cream, purple Koolaid, popcorn, a photo booth, and The Tool and Tool Bearers.

“It’s all about being proud of belonging to this great faculty,” said events manager Kari Griffiths.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Professor and alumnus reconnect and catch up

An unexpected meeting leads Peter Golem (BASc ’74, MASc ’76) to the home of celebrated professor Park Reilly.

Peter Golem shares details of his visit with Park and Veva Reilly with some interesting personal connections and life intersections.

Click here for the full story.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Prof named to expert panel on automated vehicles

A researcher at Waterloo Engineering has been appointed to an expert panel to help inform public policy on issues involving connected and automated vehicles.

Krzysztof Czarnecki, an electrical and computer engineering professor who co-leads an autonomous vehicle pilot program at Waterloo, joins 12 other people on the Expert Panel on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Supply chain supercluster unveils first four projects

Waterloo Engineering Dean Pearl Sullivan was on hand in Montreal today for the announcement of the first four projects backed by a supercluster created to accelerate the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to supply chains.

Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence AI (scale ai), a consortium of almost 120 companies, universities, research institutions and other organizations, is a five-year effort supported by $230 million in federal funding, $30 million from the Quebec government and matching industry money.

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