Thursday, January 9, 2020

Waterloo startup aims to revolutionize food delivery industry

Yuqian Li delivering her pitch

They won’t graduate until next spring, but their startup has already taken flight.

The five founders of Gooloo recently earned a spot in the University of Waterloo’s Concept $5K Finals, where they explained their business model to a panel of judges alongside nine other student teams.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Flowy wins Concept $5K pitch competition

Flowy co-founder David Zhao presents at the Concept $5K final

At this year’s Concept $5K competition, three University of Waterloo roommates returned home with a coveted $5,000 prize to invest in their growing startup.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

People too trusting of virtual assistants

How participants in a study generally visualized, from left to right: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.

Attributing lifelike qualities to virtual assistants could cause people to reveal more personal information to the companies that own them than they otherwise would, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, who conducted the study, found that people tend to increase their sharing with online agents such as Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, due to their tendency to assign them personalities and physical features such as age, facial expressions and hairstyles.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Making photovoltaic storage systems more financially attractive to homeowners

PhD graduate Fiodar Kazhamiaka and his co-supervisor Professor Catherine Rosenberg

Almost daily, scientists release another study documenting the growing influence of human-caused global warming. Driven by ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, mostly from coal, oil and natural gas we burn for energy, the Earth’s average surface temperature has risen by almost 1ºC since the late 19thcentury, with much greater increases predicted ahead.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New math model could lead to more personalized cancer therapies

Magnifying glass being used to look at the word cancer in a newspaper.

Researchers have found a new way to use math to better treat cancer and prevent its relapse.

Using the first mathematical model of its kind, researchers at the University of Waterloo found a way to study the interactions between the immune system and different types of cancer cells.

Using their new model, the researchers found that administering different cancer therapies in a particular sequence could better target cancer stem cells in tumours, potentially leading to more personalized treatments for cancer patients. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

New device enables battery-free computer input at the tip of your finger

Tip-Tap technology attached to a person's hand.

Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways.

The device, called Tip-Tap, is inexpensive and battery-free through the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sense when fingertips touch. The device could, therefore, be added to disposable surgical gloves, allowing surgeons to access preoperative planning diagrams in an operating room. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Researchers reach milestone in quantum standardization

Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a method that could pave the way to establishing universal standards for measuring the performance of quantum computers.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Math for good and evil

Lowell Ewert teaching in a classroom

The newest course offered by the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program at Grebel may seem more like a math course, but in fact, it is open to students from all faculties regardless of a student’s comfort (or discomfort) with math. The creators of the course believe that Math for Good and Evil is the first course designed through the collaboration of the Math and PACS departments at the University of Waterloo, and maybe the first Math and Peace course in Canada.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Researchers bring gaming to autonomous vehicles

Three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles by Waterloo researchers.

Researchers have designed multiplayer games occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Johnny Wong and colleagues receive most influential paper award for work presented 10 years ago at CASCON 2009

Johnny Wong

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Johnny Wong, his former master’s student Ye Hu, and colleagues Marin Litoiu from York University and Gabriel Iszlai have received the most influential paper award for research they presented 10 years ago at CASCON 2009, the 19thannual IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Conference.

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