Many researchers in Engineering are organized into clusters that promote the key thrust areas for research promoted by the University and Faculty. Sanctioned by the University Senate, centres and institutes are established in areas where Waterloo has extraordinary research strengths, and anticipates extraordinary results.
Internally, centres co-ordinate infrastructure and resources, encourage collaboration, and integrate research from one end of a system to another. Externally, centres foster partnerships with industry and government, and raise the profile of Waterloo's research in strategic areas.
Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT)
Established in 1994, CATT researches ways in which utilities (gas, water, sewerage, communication and electrical services) can be provided without the environmental and social costs of trenching. Members include both Waterloo Engineering faculty, and representatives from utilities, businesses, and governments.
CATT's research areas currently include horizontal directional drilling, high density polyethylene pipes, automated condition assessment, materials testing of cured-in-place pipe lining systems, bituminous fibre pipes, epoxy lining systems, and non-destructive testing. The Executive Director of CATT is Mark Knight.
Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB)
Established in 2011, the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) is a catalyst for advancing bioengineering and biotechnology research and innovation through industry collaborations and partnerships. More than 80 faculty members, from every faculty on campus, are actively engaged with the centre, working in collaboration to provide a resource of varying expertise. CBB's mandate is to build healthy, active partnerships between centre researchers and corporate members through collaborative projects, mutual interest building, and networking events. CBB's Director is Catherine Burns.
Centre for Control of Emerging Contaminants (CCEC)
Established in 2009, the Centre for Control of Emerging Contaminants (CCEC) brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers from Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemical and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Universities of Waterloo, Toronto, Guelph, Trent and Laurier to research and develop technologies to remove emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products, from drinking water and wastewater. Health Canada, Environment Canada and the Ministry of the Environment are active partners in the CCEC research along with municipalities representing 90% of Ontario's population.
Sixteen private sector companies are also partners in the Centre to ensure that any commercialization opportunities are realized. The Scientific Director of CCEC is Wayne Parker.
Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ)
Established in 2008, CAMJ enjoys an international reputation in research and education in the field of advanced materials joining, including microjoining and nanojoining, across a broad spectrum of research areas, such as process development and optimization, joint performance and properties, and process monitoring and control. CAMJ serves many private sectors, such as electrical, electronics, medical, automotive, nuclear, aviation and aerospace industries. The Executive Director of CAMJ is Norman Zhou.
Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI)
CPAMI conducts multidisciplinary research and development in six areas related to intelligent systems and data analysis: robotics and autonomous systems, cooperative intelligent systems, human-machine interaction, pattern recognition and image analysis, data mining and knowledge discovery, and machine perception. The centre interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together experts from artificial intelligence, computer science, software engineering, cognitive science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and mechatronics engineering, systems design engineering, civil engineering, management sciences, chemical engineering, mathematics, and statistics.
In collaboration with industrial partners and fellow research centres at the University of Waterloo, CPAMI investigates real world issues impacting public security, manufacturing, transportation, assistive environments for seniors and people with disabilities, communication, eLearning, finance and web services.
Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT)
Established in 2005, involves an integrated program of field and laboratory research in pavement and transportation areas. CPATT's research work focuses on conventional pavement technology, often through the application of technologies from other disciplines. Examples include the deployment of advanced wireless technologies for automatic field data collection and generation of pavement performance data bases, all of which are essential for pavement engineering modelling and management. The Executive Director of CPATT is Susan Tighe.
Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business
To stay at the forefront of the global economy it is essential to develop and sustain businesses that are relevant and viable. Researchers associated with Conrad are devoted to forward-thinking work on innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization. In the past five years, faculty have received more than $3 million in research funding from government agencies and industry collaborations.
Research focuses on the entrepreneurial university; high technology clusters; evaluation, financing, and valuation of technology and new ventures; innovation, productivity and performance; internationalization of technology-based ventures; inter-organizational relations; negotiation and organizational behaviour; and, services marketing. Conrad's Executive Director is Mark Weber.
Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI)
Canada can be a world leader in cybersecurity and privacy, exploiting a growing need for solutions by exporting innovations in platforms, software and services to the world. Waterloo is Canada’s leader at turning information and communication technology (ICT) research into innovations that create economic advantage..
Giga-to-Nano Electronics (G2N)
Established in 1972 as the silicon devices and integrated circuits group (SiDIC), the Giga-to-Nano group has grown into one of the field's foremost research centres, home to major laboratory faculties.
The group works to develop a complete amorphous silicon technology package for large area digital imaging. Major research thrusts include bendable electronics on plastic substrates for imaging and display applications, and flexible solar cells. The Executive Director of G2N is William S. Wong.
Institute for Computer Research (ICR)
ICR draws together more than 100 researchers from eight academic departments within four Faculties. Most of these researchers are from the Departments of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Founded in 1982, and conducting more than $9 million in computer research annually, the Institute is one of the University's largest.
In addition to its ground-breaking work on computer systems, ICR also works to facilitate interaction with industry, and encourage advanced education in computer science and engineering. The Director of ICR is Vic DiCiccio.
Institute for Polymer Research (IPR)
The Institute for Polymer Research has become one of North America's leading centres of polymer expertise. IPR members carry out applied and fundamental research in areas that are of vital interest to the plastics, coatings, adhesives and elastomers industries. Made up of faculty members from chemical engineering and from chemistry, as well as representatives of major companies, and supporting about 50 graduate students, the institute provides interdisciplinary training and develop high-caliber polymer scientists and engineers. The Director of IPR is Jean Duhamel.
The Water Institute is an interdisciplinary hub that facilitates innovative research, education, and training. The Institute's activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale. The executive director of the Water Institute is Prof. Roy Brouwer.
Waterloo AI Institute
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the notion of machines that exhibit intelligence and mimic cognitive functions that are usually associated with humans, such as learning, reasoning, predicting, planning, recognizing, and problem solving. With the advent of big data driven by the explosion of computing capacity and speed, AI tools are being increasingly integrated in technological solutions that are central to our everyday life, business, society, and the environment.
Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)
Established in 2004, WatCAR serves as the primary campus interface of Waterloo's automotive research capacity to the industry at large, including Assemblers, Automotive Parts Manufacturers (Tiers I-IV) and Materials suppliers.
More than 110 leading automotive researchers undertaking key technology enabling research across all six Engineering departments and in the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Environment, Mathematics and Science. WatCAR encompasses seven automotive student teams alongside the largest university-based automotive research activity in Canada.
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)
Established in 2008, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) membership spans 9 departments with 30 existing faculty, 21 new nanotechnology appointments, 42 graduate nanotechnology Fellowships, a state-of-the-art, $160M Quantum-Nano-Centre and Canada's largest co-operative nanotechnology engineering undergraduate program.
Research themes include Nano Material, Nano-Biosystems and Nanomedicine, Nano-Instrumentation, Quantum-Nano Photonics, Micro-Nano Fluidics, Nano-Electronics, Thin Films, OLEDS and Fabrication. The Executive Director of WIN is Sushanta Mitra.
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)
WISE was established in April 2008 to promote multi-disciplinary development of innovative energy systems and policies to enhance social, economic and environmental performance for long term sustainability. More than 70 researchers working as teams across the faculties of Engineering, Science and Environment are involved in studies with utilities, private sector partners and government agencies to conduct and advance research in order to generate sustainable alternatives to existing energy production and delivery systems, and promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The Executive Director of WISE is Jatin Nathwani.