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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The perfect picture now a reality

Close-up of flowers all in focus

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a faster and more accurate way to take and merge photos. The result is the ability to take sections of each photo to create a single picture where all elements are in focus.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Friendship groups can influence strategic voting and electoral outcomes

According to a study from the University of Waterloo the more diverse your friendship group the more likely you are to engage in strategic voting, which can lead to better electoral outcomes for the entire population.

The study further found that the more closely we associate with friends and colleagues who share a similar ideology, the more likely our view of the world is reinforced. This well-known property of social networks is known as homophily (often called the echo chamber effect) and is perhaps what’s behind the adage that birds of a feather flock together.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Khuzaima Daudjee elevated to grade of Senior Member by IEEE

Khuzaima Daudjee

Khuzaima Daudjee has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an honour bestowed to IEEE members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Optimization techniques guide surgeons at SickKids

A section of an infant’s skull cut, cut and reshaped into a natural curve

Waterloo graduate student David Qian, under the guidance of the Faculty of Mathematics’ Ricardo Fukasawa and Jochen Koenemann, introduced optimization techniques based on integer and dynamic programming to surgeons at SickKids hospital. By applying mathematical optimization algorithms, Qian and team advised doctors on the best surgical cut points to minimize the volume-difference between the surgically modified skull, and an ideal skull.

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