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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

World leaders discuss implementation of climate change agreement

Experts from the University of Waterloo are available to speak about COP23, the United Nations climate change conference, where leaders from around the world are meeting to discuss ways to implement the Paris Agreement. The summit is taking place this week in Bonn.

Sarah Burch — Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable

Technology developed at the University of Waterloo is paving the way for artificial intelligence (AI) to break free of the internet and cloud computing.

New deep-learning AI software produced with that technology is compact enough to fit on mobile computer chips for use in everything from smartphones to industrial robots.

That would allow devices to operate independent of the internet while using AI that performs almost as well as tethered neural networks.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Canadian startups pitch to one hundred-plus investors during Ontario-California tech tour

At opportunities organized by Canada’s leading entrepreneurship programs, more than 100 U.S. and Canadian financers lined up to evaluate 43 of the most investment-ready tech startups in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor.

The investors were introduced to the companies at an invite-only Demo Day event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California on November 7, as well as a similar event held for Canadian investors in Toronto on October 19.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Expert Advisory - Toronto faces shortage of family-friendly condos

Several UWaterloo experts from the Faculty of Environment are available to discuss the survey of 18- to 39-year-olds for the Toronto Region Board of Trade that all areas of the city need to make room for denser housing such as bigger condos, townhouses, laneway homes and granny suites.

Brian Doucet — School of Planning

Brian Doucet is a professor in the School of Planning specializing in gentrification, neighbourhood change, and urban inequalities.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artificial sweeteners in groundwater indicate contamination from septic systems

The presence of artificial sweeteners in rural groundwater shows evidence for contamination by local septic system wastewater, researchers from the University of Waterloo have found.

The study, which appears in the Journal of Environmental Quality, describes how the researchers tested private, rural groundwater wells in the Nottawasaga River Watershed for four artificial sweeteners as a way to detect groundwater impacted by human wastewater being released by septic systems in the area.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Waterloo partners to train next generation of aviators as possible global pilot shortage looms

The University of Waterloo will partner with a special agency of the United Nations to offer an introductory course on aviation that anyone in the world can take for free.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Waterloo ranked top research university among comprehensives for 10 years in a row

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities, according to Research Infosource.

The announcement comes just weeks after Maclean’s magazine ranked Waterloo the most innovative university in Canada for the 26th consecutive year. Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Climate change is costing taxpayers billions in losses

An expert from the University of Waterloo is available to speak about a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that says the U.S. government has spent more than $350 billion on disaster-assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance.

Jason Thistlethwaite — School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rapid cellphone charging getting closer to reality

The ability to charge cellphones in seconds is one step closer after researchers at the University of Waterloo used nanotechnology to significantly improve energy-storage devices known as supercapacitors.

Their novel design roughly doubles the amount of electrical energy the rapid-charging devices can hold, helping pave the way for eventual use in everything from smartphones and laptop computers, to electric vehicles and high-powered lasers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Expert Advisory - Minister Morneau's fiscal update

A UWaterloo expert is available to speak to the media about the fall fiscal update that Bill Morneau, finance minister, will deliver in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Jean-Paul Lam — Economics

Jean-Paul Lam is a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo and he specializes in macroeconomics. He can conduct interviews in English or French.

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