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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waterloo programmers earn top spots in programming competition

Four teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo swept the top spots at an Association for Computing Machinery regional International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) over the weekend. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Carbon emissions will start to dictate stock prices

Companies that fail to curb their carbon output may eventually face the consequences of asset devaluation and stock price depreciation, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo.

The researchers further determined that the failure of companies within the emission-intensive sector to take carbon reduction actions could start negatively impacting the general stock market in as little as 10 years’ time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nationality likely a key factor in life-and-death decisions

People making decisions about life-and-death situations consider individuals’ nationalities when deciding who should be sacrificed to save others, according to a study out of the University of Waterloo.

Examining how we think and come to a decision in a moral dilemma, the study concluded that most people think of group members who share the same nationality as replaceable, making any of those members equally expendable within their research scenario.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Urban planning policy contributes to political polarization

Urban planning decisions from decades past are likely a contributing factor to the rise of right-wing populism, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tech leaders hold climate change summit in Vancouver to talk adaptation

Canadians will need to increasingly turn to technology to adapt to the impacts of climate change, according to climate experts and corporate leaders.

As part of its commitment to apply innovative solutions  to some of the world's most significant challenges, the University of Waterloo is partnering with Microsoft Canada and SAP Canada to host its Beyond Impact Innovation Summit in Vancouver.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Batteryless smart devices closer to reality

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have taken a huge step towards making smart devices that do not use batteries or require charging.

These battery-free objects, which feature an IP address for internet connectivity, are known as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. If an IoT device can operate without a battery it lowers maintenance costs and allows the device to be placed in areas that are off the grid.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New deep knowledge AI system could resolve bottlenecks in drug research

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new system that could significantly speed up the discovery of new drugs and reduce the need for costly and time-consuming laboratory tests.

The new technology called Pattern to Knowledge (P2K) can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

P2K uses artificial intelligence (AI) to leverage deep knowledge from data instead of relying solely on classical machine learning.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

ADHD youth no more at risk for traffic violations than non-ADHD youth

A recent University of Waterloo study showed that youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are no more at risk of incurring traffic violations than their non-ADHD counterparts, contrary to previously published studies.

The three factors that did increase the odds for traffic violations among youth with ADHD were: Being 20-29 years of age, being male, and being white – similar to findings from the general population.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Trans-Pacific Institutional Agreement Fosters Close Research Partnership

The Presidents of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and The University of Waterloo signed a Strategic University Partnership institutional agreement today with the objective to foster closer partnership in education, research and entrepreneurship.

This historic agreement will see the two universities exploring opportunities for collaboration in research, furthering ties on faculty and student mobility and discussing connections in entrepreneurship, amongst other key areas.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Too Small to Fail - How Communities Can Prepare for Bigger Storms

A new report from the University of Waterloo stresses the importance of community-based projects to reduce increasing flood risk in Canada. 

The report, which highlights 11 projects in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, Montreal and Halifax, details how the restoration and preservation of natural infrastructures —such as ponds, large-scale natural gardens, and restored shorelines— can aid communities in protecting themselves from the impacts of flooding.

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