Transformational research

Tomorrow starts today

Harnessing the fear of failure

Playing it clean

Waterloo company DriveSync helps make drivers smarter

Jack-rabbit starts. Corners rounded too sharply. Coffee-sloshing stops. Sound uncomfortably familiar?

IMS (Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.) developed a connected-car platform, DriveSync, that keeps track of driver and automobile performance. A little behaviour modification — drivers can review their road skills on their smartphones — pays off.

WatCAR driving innovation for tomorrow's drivers

Ross McKenzie

How will we drive? What will we drive? Those are the kinds of questions explored by Waterloo faculty and students sharing ideas under WatCAR — the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research.

The ethics of studying sex

With innovation comes risk — and nobody knows this better than Stuart McGill, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.  The leading spine biomechanics expert is overseeing the world’s first study on back pain during sex, a topic he says, could not be researched at just any university.

The best sex positions for bad backs

Once touted as the go-to position for those battling back pain, spooning is no longer recommended as the best position for every couple.

“One position does not fit all types of back pain,” says Natalie Sidorkewicz, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Sidorkewicz used her findings to create a set of guidelines based on two common types of back pain.

Does your back hurts when you touch your toes or sit for long periods of time?

You may be flexion-motion intolerant.

Local ties to arctic search

Among the many partners in the most recent search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition are at least three individuals with strong ties to the Waterloo region and the University of Waterloo. The expedition is continuing its work this year, with further examinations of the Erebus, and a continuing search for the Terror.

Tom Zagon

The Waterloo geography grad scouts safe navigation routes for Arctic shipping for Environment Canada, using his expertise in ice movement and satellite imagery to support the expedition team.