News archive - January 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Weathering the Storm: Developing a New Flood Risk Standard for Canadian Communities

High Water

Flooding within urban centres is Canada’s costliest and fastest growing extreme weather challenge. Insurable claims in Canada have risen from an average of $405 million per year between 1983 and 2008 to an average of $1.8 billion per year between 2009 and 2017 (in $2017), with flooding contributing the greatest proportion of this increase.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficult

Artificial Intelligence image

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 16, 2019

Expert Advisory - Brexit Vote

Lawmakers in the UK voted against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. The University of Waterloo has an expert available to speak about the implications of the vote.

Daniel Gorman - British History and International Relations

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

University of Waterloo’s Velocity to launch startup investment fund

Velocity Garage - click for video

The University of Waterloo’s flagship entrepreneurship program, Velocity, is launching a venture fund that aims to connect early-stage startups to the capital they need. 

The new AngelList-powered venture fund, which will invest in startups in sectors ranging from software to biomedical, will launch this Spring. It will give investors a simple way to invest in a diversified portfolio of early-stage startups supported by Waterloo’s Velocity Garage. Since launching 10 years ago, Velocity has helped launch 300 companies who have collectively raised over $850 million in funding.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pharmacists could dramatically reduce ER visits

Hospital emergency room

Incorporating pharmacists with an expanded scope into the community or hospital emergency departments (ED) could significantly reduce ED crowdedness, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that almost one-third of non-urgent ED visits in Ontario were for conditions that could potentially be managed by pharmacists with an expanded scope of practice – available in other jurisdictions in Canada.

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