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. Mar. 23, 2020Important initiative launched by Systems Design Professor towards AI detection of COVID-19

    Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor in systems design engineering and his research team, alongside startup DarwinAI, have launch an AI initiative in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and need your help and support. As the first step, they have developed COVID-Net, an open source deep neural network for detecting COVID-19 infections from chest radiography, with AI explanations to gain transparency into visual indicators of COVID-19.

  2. Mar. 23, 2020Systems Design Professor Featured in PC Magazine discussing bias on healthcare algorithms

    Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor in Systems Design Engineering, is featured in a PC Magazine article talking about the impact of bias on healthcare AI systems [Read more]

  3. Mar. 23, 2020Systems Design Professor Featured in Futurithmic Magazine discussing Edge AI

    Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor in Systems Design Engineering, is featured in a Futurithmic Magazine article about the importance of edge AI as the next step to ambient computing [Read more]

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