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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New blockchain protocol could improve government and corporate procurement

A new blockchain tool developed by a researcher at the University of Waterloo and a collaborator at Airbus in Germany could make procurement of goods and services safer and more impartial.

The tool, a blockchain auction protocol that allows for more safe and secure bidding on contracts with companies, so that the online auction is more difficult to hack or manipulate than conventional methods.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UWaterloo welcomes the community to Reunion 2018

The University of Waterloo will welcome alumni and members of the campus and broader communities this Saturday for Reunion 2018.

A listing of all activities and events appears on the event website. Highlights of Reunion 2018 taking place at various locations on campus include:

Friday, September 14, 2018

Expert Advisory – Who is responsible for destruction when hurricanes strike?

With hurricane, Florence menacing the United States Atlantic coast with dangerous winds and the potential for historic flooding people in the hurricane's path have been asked to evacuate. 

This extreme weather could have potentially damaging implications for the lives of those impacted as well as infrastructure, homes and the natural environment. The University of Waterloo has several experts available to speak on this topic.

Jason Thistlethwaite – School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Voting for the losing side can affect your performance at work

Companies should avoid scheduling important work tasks immediately following an election, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

Researchers discovered the outcome of a U.S. presidential election can affect employees’ engagement and performance at work — if they voted for the losing side. Although experts have long known that ongoing family issues and other stresses can affect the workplace, less is known about the effect of more discrete events.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Asthma can lead to stigmatization of young athletes

Children with asthma are at increased risk of stigmatization, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.

The study identifies the need for educating coaches when it comes to addressing the inclusion and management of athletes with asthma. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Canadian Arab youth feel forced to alter appearance and behaviour at borders

Canadian youth of Arab descent often feel they must change the way they look or act to avoid discrimination when they travel across borders, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University asked 65 Canadian Arab people between the ages of 18 and 22 how they felt their Arab background affected their travel experiences, particularly at airports where heightened security measures could mean arbitrary search and seizures or delays. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Getting your TV to understand you better

New research out of the University of Waterloo has found a way to improve the voice query understanding capabilities of home entertainment platforms.

The research, in collaboration with the University of Maryland and Comcast Applied AI Research Lab, uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to achieve the most natural speech-based interactions with TVs to date. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Machine learning the solution to networking problems

Computers can now learn to solve networking problems for themselves, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

“There are several challenges in computer and telecommunication networks, such as network security, network management, and traffic engineering,” said Raouf Boutaba, a professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo. “The use of machine learning in this context will make networks more secure, better managed, and provide a better quality of service.”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Multinationals more likely to comply with employment law when unions involved

Unless unions are involved, foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in Canada are less likely than their domestic counterparts to comply with employment law.

In the most significant study of its kind, researchers from the University of Waterloo found that MNCs from nearly every country complied better with Canadian labour laws if their operations in Canada were unionized. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New sensor could help doctors monitor patient progress from a distance

A self-powered sensor developed at the University of Waterloo could allow doctors to remotely monitor the recovery of surgical patients.

The small, tube-like device is designed to be fitted to braces after joint surgery to wirelessly send information to computers, smartphones or smartwatches to track range of motion and other indicators of improvement.

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