On June 21, 2019, the University of Waterloo and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announced a new innovation collaboration on campus. The Collaboration for Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity will develop expertise to further research in these areas nationally and internationally.
“The Faculty of Mathematics has been collaborating with the NRC, especially in computer science research, for more than 10 years,” said Stephen M. Watt, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics. “We look forward to working with the talented researchers at NRC to further develop our collaborations and research in such areas as blockchain, cybersecurity and privacy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and IoT.”
The announcement includes seed funding for the projects, and the principal investigators from each organization will actively seek external funding.
Currently, three projects with the Faculty of Mathematics are underway, with a fourth coming soon:
- A Secure Scalable Quantum-Safe Blockchain for Critical Infrastructure led by Professor Srinivasan Keshav, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, with Professor Michele Mosca, Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, and NRC researcher Eric Paquet.
- Reliable Gesture Recognition in Virtual Reality Environment led by Professor Edward Lank, Cheriton School of Computer Science, and NRC researcher Keiko Katsuragawa, a former Research Assistant Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science.
- Battery-free Touch Sensors for Internet of Things led by Professor Omid Abari, Cheriton School of Computer Science, and NRC researcher Katsuragawa.
The goal is to develop a space on campus where these projects and those with other faculties will be housed to encourage be interactivity at both the project level and between projects.