Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Virtual assistants with personality can help with mental illness

Scrabble boards used to spell out mental health

Computer scientists have pioneered a new method that could be used to develop more “natural” automated virtual assistants to help people suffering from mental illness. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Melissa McCorriston receives Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

Melissa McCorriston

Melissa McCorriston has received a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. These $17,500 scholarships recognize promising scholars and researchers in Ontario and support their further studies in a top provincial artificial intelligence–related master’s program.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Three faculty named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Raouf Boutaba and Srinivasan Keshav

Three Faculty of Mathematics researchers have been named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

They are among 93 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement and 46 new members of the College across Canada announced today.

The Faculty of Mathematics' new RSC fellows and members are:

Friday, September 6, 2019

Award-winning combination: Math + Medicine

Colin Phipps, AbbVie. Top 40 under 40 Chicago Scientists

Colin Phipps (PhD ’14) always loved math and computer science, but he always wanted to apply those skills to a high impact field. He focused his graduate research on mathematical oncology under the supervision of Mohammad Kohandel in the Department of Applied Mathematics.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Graduate studies: a consistent model for success

Statistics graduate students working at a blackboard

Four graduate students were awarded a departmental research presentation award by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, but that's not all they have in common. They all came to Waterloo because they knew of the excellence of the Statistics programs, research, and professors. Their backgrounds vary, as do their research areas, but they have all had a great experience.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New mathematical model can improve radiation therapy of brain tumours

A 3D illustration of a human brain.

Researchers have developed a new model to optimize radiation therapy and significantly increase the number of tumour cells killed during treatment.

The new mathematical model, outlined in a recent study led by a University of Waterloo student, can use information about where the majority of the cells in a tumour are located allowing for radiation treatment to be administered to the densest area. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Carsten Thomassen: Dean's Distinguished Visiting Professor

Carsten Thomassen

Professor Carsten Thomassen will hold the Faculty of Mathematics Dean's Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Fall 2019.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Researchers awarded funding to develop emotionally intelligent robots for dementia patients

Kerstin Dautenhahn, Moojan Ghafurian, Jesse Hoey

Moojan Ghafurian, Graham Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, and Kerstin Dautenhahn, Canada 150 Chair in Intelligent Robotics in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have received a catalyst grant from the University of Waterloo’s Network for Aging Research to d

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Researchers develop low-power, low-cost network for 5G connectivity

A new mmWave device developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo for IoT applications.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a cheaper and more efficient method for Internet-of-Things devices to receive high-speed wireless connectivity. 

With 75 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices expected to be in place by 2025, a growing strain will be placed on requirements of wireless networks. Contemporary WiFi and cellular networks won’t be enough to support the influx of IoT devices, the researchers highlighted in their new study.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Researchers develop a better way to harness the power of solar panels

Solar panels

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a way to better harness the volume of energy collected by solar panels. 

In a new study, the researchers developed an algorithm that increases the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and reduces the volume of power currently being wasted due to a lack of effective controls. 

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