Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

A recent study can help governments understand which diagnostic laboratory tests are most important when developing universal health coverage systems.

Researchers from five countries found that diagnostic laboratory tests are used similarly around the world, even though the institutions they studied differed in terms of poverty levels, health systems and prevalence of disease.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Making AI more human is key to widespread acceptance

The key to people trusting and co-operating with artificially intelligent (AI) agents lies in their ability to display humanlike emotions, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo. 

The World Economic Forum expects that more machines will become part of the workforce as technological breakthroughs rapidly shift. Based on the trio of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics findings, developing the humanness of AI machines may improve people’s acceptance of them in the workplace.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Political disinformation campaigns not as threatening as you think

When foreign powers try to interfere with the politics of another country by spreading strategic disinformation, research suggests there is no real effect on policies or the balance of power in the targeted country.

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Waterloo investigated whether foreign powers such as Russia and China can influence an election and political outcomes by spreading disinformation.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Low-tech footrest can help prevent lower-back pain

People who stand at work for long periods of time might be able to avoid lower back pain by intermittently using a footrest, says a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Participant in recent study uses footrest at a standing desk.

Monday, May 13, 2019

New system offers protection against data breaches

Researchers have developed a system that allows data owners to regulate how much of their privacy may be breached when personal information is being analyzed. 

The novel system, APEx, also lessens the burden on data scientists who traditionally have had to compromise the accuracy of their analysis in order to give their clients certain privacy guarantees.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Distinguished alumni among recipients of honorary doctorates at Waterloo's convocation

A Waterloo alumnus with a distinguished career as a civil servant, banking executive, venture capitalist, policy advisor and philanthropist will be among the recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo’s upcoming spring convocation ceremonies.

Toby Jenkins, a champion of the knowledge-based economy in the Waterloo region, has served on a number of advisory and governance boards of organizations in higher education, health care, government and media.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Vital signs can now be monitored using radar

A radar system developed at the University of Waterloo can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines.

Housed in a device smaller than a cellphone, the new technology records heart and breathing rates using sensitive radar waves that are analyzed by sophisticated algorithms embedded in an onboard digital signal processing unit.

Friday, May 3, 2019

New course for health-care prescribers tackles problem of antibiotic resistance

A new course developed by the University of Waterloo will teach health-care providers in community settings –  family physicians, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists – how to better manage the use of antibiotics.

The use of antibiotic resistance ranks as one of the biggest threats to global health, the World Health Organization says. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Waterloo researchers speed up blockchain to meet real-world needs


Researchers have re-engineered a blockchain used around the world in a variety of industries and sectors to support almost seven times more transactions per second.

With a new series of optimizations, the researchers increased the volume of data that can be processed by the blockchain, Hyperledger Fabric, from 3,000 to 20,000 transactions per second.

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