Team Salinity, a group of students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Environment, developed SongSAT as a tool to express the beauty of satellite imagery through sound. Beyond the remarkable audio experience of the music that this creates, the software provides an opportunity for the beauty of satellite imagery to communicate to an audience with visual impairments, providing them with an opportunity to appreciate the wonders of the world from above.
The team produced an algorithm that converts four distinct geographical areas (grassland, forest, coastal/water, and mountainous areas) into songs with distinct musical patterns. These patterns are converted into playable sheet music, which is then brought into MuseScore notation software that can play the music back.
In the most significant study of its kind to date, new research from the University of Waterloo shows that Canada’s small businesses are important- and often overlooked- drivers of sustainability and the green economy.
Winner Percy Korsah (centre) and runners-up Victor Agbo (left) and Tia Driver (right).
How would you explain the entire breadth and significance of your life's work (or thesis) to people with no background in your work in 1 slide and 3 minutes? Earlier this month, PhD Candidate Percy Korsah won first place at the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Environment heat, with runners-up Victor Agbo and Tia Driver tying for second place. Each year 3MT provides a venue for graduate students to share their research with the community. The student who wins the university-wide competition will go on to present at the provincial and possibly national level.