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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Changing Direction

Jaqui Parchment

Like many first-generation Canadians, Jaqui Parchment (BMath ’87) and her parents struggled financially when they moved here from Jamaica. “My parents couldn’t find work in their field,” she shared. “At the time, if you studied actuarial science, you were guaranteed a job because the demand was so high.” Parchment had a natural aptitude for mathematics, so she enrolled in the actuarial science program at the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Mathematics.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

New funding will help rural and remote internet users

Cell phone tower in front of landscape

Internet users from Canadian rural and remote communities suffer from frequent Internet interruptions, which generally result from various network issues. The lack of human resources, expertise and support make these issues difficult to identifyand fix. Remote areas lack responsive and cost-effective operations or maintenance efforts.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Sergey Gorbunov raises $3.75 million USD for Axelar, his blockchain start-up

Star graphic

Axelar, a decentralized network that connects application builders with blockchain ecosystems, applications and users, has raised $3.75 million USD in seed funding from Silicon Valley investors, including DCVC, a San Francisco–based venture capital firm specializing in deep tech, and notable blockchain companies and investors such as Binance X, Lemniscap, Collab+Currency, North Island Ventures, Divergence Ventures, Cygni Labs, and others.

Monday, November 16, 2020

mmTag, toward a battery-free 5G networking device

Mohammad Mazaheri and Alex Chen

The main difference between current wireless networks and 5G networks comes down to two words — speed and latency.

5G networks are expected to be up to 100 times faster than current networks. And at that speed, 5G drastically cuts latency when connecting to the network, the lag between instructing a computer to perform a task and its execution. One thing we know with certainty — by delivering mountains of data at warp speed wirelessly, the impact of 5G will be enormous and it will be felt across all sectors of society.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Collaborating to advance quantum technologies in Canada and the UK

A quantum key distribution setup

Earlier this year, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) joined together to put a call out for proposals of collaborations between leading-edge scientists and potential innovative users from industry and government sectors to accelerate the development of quantum technologies.

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