Welcome to Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Established over 40 years ago, the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo was the first-of-its-kind in Canada, and still is, hosting the most flexible programs and interdisciplinary areas of research. Systems design covers technical, environmental, socioeconomic and political aspects of the engineering process using systems design methodology.

Our community is home to more than 700 students, 35+ dedicated faculty and supportive staff, with thousands of alumni worldwide – including some of the most successful entrepreneurs to graduate from Waterloo.  

  1. Sep. 16, 2019New imaging technology could ‘revolutionize’ cancer surgery

    Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by an invention at the University of Waterloo to precisely locate the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.

    The new imaging technology uses the way light from lasers interacts with cancerous and healthy tissues to distinguish between them in real-time and with no physical contact, an advancement with the potential to eliminate the need for secondary surgeries to get missed malignant tissue.

  2. Sep. 13, 2019Systems Design Engineering Professor and Startup Collaborates with Audi on Designing Autonomous Driving Technology:

    A Waterloo startup has partnered with a German automotive giant to demonstrate how its artificial intelligence technology can potentially accelerate the development of the electronic brain behind autonomous vehicles.

    Artificial neural networks simulate the human brain's ability to make decisions, to learn and to adapt to the environment. A team of engineers at Audi saw a reduction of more than 90 per cent in the number of hours spent processing and refining data for those networks using technology developed by Waterloo-based DarwinAI.

  3. Sep. 3, 2019Waterloo researchers unearth gender and age biases in popular visual dataset

    Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo have unearthed inherent gender and age biases buried in a popular image dataset used to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems around the world.

    The discovery will help researchers find ways to rebalance the data so it better reflects demographic diversity, ultimately paving the way for more accurate AI models.

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  1. Sep. 18, 2019WiE Welcome BBQ
    WiE Welcome BBQ

    Women in Engineering (WiE) welcomes all students, staff and faculty to Waterloo Engineering on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019. All are welcome!

    The BBQ will start at 11 am and will go until around 1 pm. You can pop in whenever you get a bit of time! 

  2. Sep. 18, 2019PhD Comprehensive Examination - Resul Saritas

    Candidate: Resul Saritas

    Proposal Title: A Novel Micro Lithography Method and Its Applications to Energy Harvesting and Sensing

    Date: Wednesday September 18, 2019

    Time: 1:30 PM

    Place: EC4 2101A

    Supervisor(s): Eihab Abdel-Rahman and Mustafa Yavuz

  3. Sep. 26, 2019WISE Energy Day 2019
    WISE energy day

    Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) invites you to Energy Day: a chance to meet and mingle with WISE researchers; connect the dots and get energized by talented young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders at the most innovative University in Canada; join academic, industry & government experts who have come together to share insights & new ideas for our energy future.

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