Welcome to Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo

The Department of Systems Design Engineering is a globally unique interdisciplinary department hosting flexible and innovative programs.  In addition to our new Biomedical Engineering program, Systems Design remains committed to Human Factors, Mechatronics, and Social Environmental Systems.


  1. Jan. 26, 2023Interview with Dr. Alexander Wong on ChatGPT

    Dr. Alexander Wong, Professor of Systems Design Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging was recently interviewed on The Rational View podcast. Wong discusses ChatGPT, an advancement in artificial intelligence designed for chat applications.

  2. Jan. 23, 2023Two faculty among Graham Seed Fund recipients

    This fall, the University of Waterloo’s Health Initiatives team launched the Graham Seed Fund (GSF) and invited researchers to submit their proposals for innovative health-care solutions. The GSF strengthens the University’s health system partnerships by providing resources for collaborating directly with a full range of health providers and clinicians.

  3. Jan. 19, 2023SYDE MASc alum interviewed on AI podcast

    Sugandha Sharma, a graduate of the Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) master's program and current PhD candidate at MIT discusses her research and work in the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN) on a recent episode of the Generally Intelligent podcast. While completing her master's, Sugandha worked with SYDE professor and CTN founder Dr. Chris Eliasmith

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  1. Jan. 11 to Feb. 15, 2023University of Waterloo Tape Music Club

    University of Waterloo Tape Music Club (UWTMC) is back in a big way this term, with a semi-weekly jam session during your lunch break on Mondays and Wednesdays! Come make music and make community with folks. No skills or instruments are required. Everyone is invited and welcome - all skill levels, genres, and experiences!

    The sessions start January 11th in the E7 1st Floor Ideas Clinic on UW Main Campus and run from 12-1:30 p.m.

  2. Jan. 31, 2023Block Printing Workshop

    The Emergent Encounters Action Project, in collaboration with AACFTDOAPORUCACIAWOMW, is running a 3-part block printing workshop! All materials and tools are provided. 

    Session 1 - Jan 17th - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in E5-6008:

    Come see a printing process from design to layout to carving to printing. This session will introduce one approach to take an idea in your head and turn it into a finished print. There will also be time to let you roll and pull some prints!

    Session 2 - Jan 24th - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in E5-6008:

  3. Jan. 31, 2023GRADflix Showcase: Support two SYDE finalists!

    You're invited to join Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) for a virtual showcase of the 2023 GRADflix finalist submissions before the winners are announced. Be part of the action! The showcase will be streamed live on the GSPA YouTube channel and will feature amazing research videos, special guests, and more. Register through Eventbrite to attend virtually!

    Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) is proud to have two graduate students among the 25 finalists: 

    Name and program: Ali Noormohammadi Asl (he/him), PhD candidate, Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

    GRADflix video title: Human robot collaboration

    Supervisors: Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahan, and Dr. Stephen l. Smith

    Biography: Ali is a PhD candidate in the Systems Design Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo.

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