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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Making homes smart could become easier

Graphic showing smartphone held up in front of a house

Making your house “smart” could soon become cheaper and easier, thanks to new technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Their recent study describes an approach that can be used to deploy, for the first time, battery-free sensors into a home using existing WiFi networks. Previous attempts to use battery-free sensors ran into some obstacles making the efforts impractical. These hurdles include the need to modify existing WiFi access points, challenges with security protocols, and the need to use energy-hungry components.

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.

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. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues win best paper award at NeurIPS 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Shai Ben-David, his former PhD student Hassan Ashtiani, now an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, along with colleagues Christopher Liaw, Abbas Mehrabian and Yaniv Plan, have received a best paper award at NeurIPS 2018, the 32ndAnnual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.

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