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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Waterloo mourns the loss of student

It is with great sadness that the University of Waterloo community learned of the accidental death of one of our students earlier this week.

CJ (Colton) Moore was a fourth-year bio-medical engineering student at Waterloo in addition to being a world-class competitive diver. CJ passed away in Port Burwell on August 12. He was 24.

The University continues to offer CJ’s family its sympathies and support, including hosting a Celebration of Life for CJ on campus.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Math shows how human behaviour spreads infectious diseases

Mathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviours that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

Current models used to predict the emergence and evolution of pathogens within host populations do not include social behaviour. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

App that will extend your smartphone battery life

New research out of the University of Waterloo has found a novel method to extend the battery life of smartphones for up to an hour each day.

The researchers have developed an app which smartphone users can use to reduce the energy consumption of their devices without any significant impact on performance.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bank customers’ financial activities being heavily policed

Government surveillance of Canadians’ financial transactions are often based on activities that do not warrant suspicion, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.

The research, done in collaboration with the Université de Montréal, further uncovered that bank employees heavily police customers to not only guard against fraud but also to generate information the government wants to see about possible suspicious financial activities.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

AI system makes finding potholes cheaper and easier

Governments may soon be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to easily and cheaply detect problems with roads, bridges and buildings.

A new AI software system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo automatically analyzes photographs taken by vehicle-mounted cameras to flag potholes, cracks and other defects.

“If governments have that information, they can better plan when to repair a particular road and do it at a lower cost,” said John Zelek, an engineering professor at Waterloo. “Essentially, it could mean lower taxes for residents.”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Better way found to determine the integrity of metals

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction and automotive industries.

The findings of the study could result in greater confidence when determining the integrity of metals.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cost of flood losses in Maritimes could increase by up to 300 per cent

The financial costs of flooding in Canada’s maritime region could spike by 300 per cent by the end of the century if steps are not taken to address the impacts of climate change.

A study done by researchers at the University of Waterloo looked at the Halifax, Nova Scotia area, a region hard hit by recent riverine flooding. The team, made up economists, geographers and political scientists, merged data on flood probability, climate change and financial payout information from the insurance/re-insurance market and used the information to develop a forecast.  

Monday, July 23, 2018

One step closer to closing the gender gap in engineering

More young women will likely go into engineering if it is promoted as a profession for well-rounded people with a desire to serve society, according to a new study at the University of Waterloo.

The findings suggest that efforts to close a gender gap in the field should stress key reasons for women to pursue engineering along with the current approach of instilling confidence in their technical and academic abilities to succeed.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Study shows how the brain controls food cravings

A newly published study from the University of Waterloo shows that when activity in a specific part of the brain is suppressed, our desire for high-calorie foods increases.

The investigators found that when they temporarily decreased activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – the brain network responsible for self-control – participants evaluated high-calorie snacks more positively, paid more attention to appealing images of such foods, and reported stronger urges to eat them than usual. 

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