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Research Talks Spring 2018 Series

The spring 2018 series of Research Talks celebrates research and provides an opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to learn more about some of the world-class research underway at Waterloo.

Please register using the form below as seating is limited and registration will close when room capacity is reached.

Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your lunch.

Please note: Due to a scheduling conflict, Jayant Bansal, a roboticist at General Motors, will replace Ted Graham on the panel.

Driving the future of autonomous vehicles and responsible innovation

Tuesday, May 1, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

William G. Davis Centre

Room 1302

A panel presentation for Waterloo staff, faculty, and students featuring:

Heather Douglas

Responsible innovation

Heather Douglas.Heather Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Associate Director for the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Waterloo Chair in Science and Society. Her research focuses on the interface between science and policy, including the use of science in policy-making and policies for science. She believes the value-free ideal for science is an inadequate ideal, for both epistemic and moral reasons arising from the importance of science for policy-making. She also works on the moral responsibilities of scientists with respect to their work, how to understand scientific integrity, and how the institutional structures of science help or hinder scientists in doing their work with integrity and responsibility.

Sebastian Fischmeister

Safety and security of real-time software and autonomous driving

Sebastian Fischmeister.Sebastian Fischmeister is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has a cross-appointment with the Cheriton School of Computer Science. His research focuses on safety and security of cyberphysical systems such as autonomous vehicles, aerial vehicles, and medical devices. His research targets systems research at the intersection of software technology, distributed systems, and formal methods. Recent key highlights of his research center on the topics of information extraction, specification mining, runtime monitoring, and anomaly/intrusion detection shown in demonstrators such as the APMA Connected Vehicle, the Renesas Skyline autonomy demonstrators, and the DENSO cooperative driving demonstrator.

Jayant Bansal

Research and development of unmanned systems

Jay BansalJayant Bansal is a roboticist, specializing in research and development of unmanned systems, with a focus on driverless vehicles. Jayant has a strong background in developing and leading teams specializing in development of specific areas of technology – developing culture – as the core building block for an organization with strong deliverables and continuous value addition.

Jayant is currently the Engineering Group Manager – Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors, Canada and leads a team which defines and designs various systems and modules of the GM Autonomous Vehicle.

Formerly, he was the Program Manager of Defense Robotics at Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz, and led the team in developing various unmanned solutions for the both defense and civilian applications. His team launched the first driverless shuttle in India at Auto Expo ’16 and the accomplishments of his team in various civilian and defense applications have been covered widely in the global media.

George Takach

Legal aspects of technology

George Takach.George Takach practices all facets of the law related to technology and is a senior partner with McCarthy Tétrault, a leader in technology law in Canada. George brings significant value to clients in their tech company mergers and acquisitions/financing deals, sophisticated tech licensing/tech procurement transactions, and challenging e-commerce activities, including work on cloud, SaaS, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, AI, and fintech deals. George represents a wide range of software, hardware and other technology companies on commercial and financing/mergers and acquisitions matters. He has a national tech procurement practice, regularly assisting companies and organizations in all sectors of the Canadian economy, including in the public sector.

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Research Talks is supported by the Research Support Fund.

Watch webcasts of previous Research Talks: 


Driving the future of autonomous vehicles and responsible innovation

May 1, 2018

Contemporary Indigenous issues in CanadaPanel

Contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada

April 5, 2018


Societal impacts of 21st Century technology

December 15, 2017


Sarah Burch.Sarah Burch

Transformative Governance on an Urban Planet

November 17, 2017

Roy BrouwerRoy Brouwer.

Global Assessment of Payments for Watershed Services

October 27, 2017

Richard Hughson's head shot

Richard Hughson

Cardiovascular Aging in Space

October 6, 2017

Karim S. Karim

Karim S. Karim

Colourful X-rays

March 24, 2017


Joanne AtleeJoanne Atlee

Detecting and resolving software errors

January 27, 2017

Geoff Fong

Geoffrey Fong 

Tackling the global tobacco epidemic

November 25, 2016


Linda Nazar head shot

Linda Nazar

New vistas in electrochemical energy storage

September 23, 2016

Jennifer ClappJennifer Clapp

Trade: opportunity or threat for global food security?

April 1, 2016

Ian Goldberg

Ian Goldberg

Battling Internet censorship and surveillance

February 18, 2016

Susan Tighe

Susan Tighe

Roads of the future

November 11, 2015

Heather KellerHeather Keller

Finding solutions to nutritional vulnerability in older adults

October 2, 2015

Eric HelleinerEric Helleiner

Legacies of the 2008 global financial crisis

March 27, 2015

David Cory

David Cory

The quest for the first quantum computer

January 23, 2015