News archive - July 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Liquid animations so realistic you can almost taste them

Professor Christopher Batty and his master's student Jade Marcoux-Ouellet watch a computer animation of honey coiling that he, E

Anyone who’s poured honey onto a stack of pancakes likely has been intrigued by the golden liquid’s motion as it oozes, buckles and coils like a rope. This behaviour is caused by the high viscosity of honey, a physical property of gooey liquids that makes them resistant to deformation.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Nursing notes can help indicate whether ICU patients will survive

Nurse writing up her notes

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that sentiments in the nursing notes of health care providers are good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hustle to Success - The Unlikely Entrepreneur

Sam Pasupalak and Bill Gates

In February 2008, while working towards his degree in computer science, Sam Pasupalak found out that Bill Gates was speaking at the University of Waterloo. He had no ticket, but it didn’t stop him. Carrying t-shirts and bags to appear as a volunteer, he got past security and received a pink wristband. To get the one remaining seat and past the second round of security, he pulled off his first hustle.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Computer science researchers help answer an age-old medical science question

Gladimir Baranoski and Spencer Van Leeuwen in Baranoski's office

Why do our veins look blue when blood is red? This is a seemingly elementary science trivia question, and certainly not one that computer science researchers would be expected to be interested in.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Motivating gamers with personalized game design

Games Institute logo

A team of multidisciplinary researchers at the University of Waterloo has identified three basic video game player traits that will help to make game design more personalized and more effectively motivate gamers in both entertainment and work applications.

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