Monday, July 22, 2019

Extending the reach of classical AI into the quantum realm

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A Google Faculty Research Award propels quantum machine learning forward.

The Physics of Information lab, led by Professor Achim Kempf, was awarded one of the 2018 Google Faculty Research Awards. Kempf’s lab focuses on the physics of information, a wide research field that ranges from general relativity and quantum theory to information theory and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

A strong negative result provides insight to improve RFID sensing systems

Srinivasan Keshav, Liqiong Chang, Ju Wang and Omid Abari

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, those tiny ribbons of metal with a tiny chip, are found in countless objects. From key fobs and payment cards to library books and inventory in a factory, these embedded inexpensive tags provide a way to uniquely and wirelessly identify objects.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Researchers in the Faculty of Mathematics part of NRC collaboration

Sandra Banks, Feridun Hamdullahpur, and two NRC representatives

On June 21, 2019, the University of Waterloo and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announced a new innovation collaboration on campus. The Collaboration for Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity will develop expertise to further research in these areas nationally and internationally. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Emotionally intuitive artificial intelligence

Jesse Hoey

People suffering from the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulty remembering things that recently happened to them. As the disease takes root, a person’s reasoning and behaviour can change. Day-to-day routines — like handwashing — may become challenging for them and they begin to need more assistance from caregivers for simple tasks.

But now there is technology that can help. Learn more about the software.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

C&O graduate students win Crypto 2019 Best Young Researcher Award

International Association for Cryptologic Research

C&O graduate students Samuel Jaques and John Schanck have won the Best Young Researcher Paper Award at Crypto 2019, the 39th Annual International Cryptology Symposi

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

New technique developed to detect autism in children

Young boy outside

Researchers have developed a new technique to help doctors more quickly and accurately detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

In a study led by the University of Waterloo, researchers characterized how children with ASD scan a person’s face differently than a neuro-typical child. Based on the findings, the researchers were able to develop a technique that considers how a child with ASD gaze transitions from one part of a person’s face to another.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ian Goldberg named Canada Research Chair

Professor Ian Goldberg

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science researcher Ian Goldberg has been named a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cameron Stewart named CMS Second Inaugural Class of Fellows

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At the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Winter Meeting Banquet in Toronto on December 8, 2019, the CMS will recognize Cameron Stewart as part of the Second Inaugural Class of Fellows.

One of 11 of the 2019 fellows, Stewart has been a faculty member in the Department of Pure Mathematics since 1978. Read the rest of the story.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Researchers: Wave goodbye to smart phones that don't recognize gesture commands

Female holding cellphone in the air

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a strategy that could reduce the level of frustration users experience when giving gesture commands to smart devices and smart environments.

In a study that outlines the new strategy, the researchers found that when developing smart devices to recognize gesture input, the adage, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” can be applied to boost users’ perceptions of system reliability.

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