News archive - January 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Math students build massive 4D polytope model

Part of an omnitruncated dodecaplex built with Zometools

Join Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics on Friday, Jan. 25, as we build a larger-than-life 3D projection of a 4D polytope model

This mathematical artifact, called an omnitruncated dodecaplex, will be built by student volunteers.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficult

Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

In a study published in Nature Machine Intelligence, Waterloo researchers found that contrary to conventional wisdom, there can be no exact method for deciding whether a given problem may be successfully solved by machine learning tools.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

App will protect confidential data when crossing borders

Padlock around a smartphone

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found a novel method to help travellers protect sensitive information from border control agents.

The system is being developed into an app called “Shatter Secrets” by Erinn Atwater, who is the research director of the not-for-profit Open Privacy, an organization dedicated to understanding, researching and serving the privacy needs of marginalized and highly targeted at-risk communities. 

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