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. Nov. 11, 2019SYDE Prof. and his team use AI to help make advances in preventive health care

    Artificial intelligence could be used to help spot arterial plaque, blood clots, clogged or narrowed arteries sooner.

    Alexander Wong and his team have developed a simple, hand-held device that could replace pricey, bulky, finicky microscopes. - Peter Lee , Waterloo Region Record

  2. Oct. 25, 2019 SYDE professor, is leading research to identify cases of collapsed lung, or pneumothorax, from chest x-rays using AI and a search system

    Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify collapsed lungs from chest x-rays with greater accuracy than radiologists.

    The system can now identify 75 per cent of cases - compared to less than 50 per cent for medical experts using chest x-rays - and researchers are working to boost that rate to more than 90 per cent.

  3. Oct. 18, 2019Ethical by design

    We have an intimate relationship with technology. It is infused in our daily life, from our home and car to our finances and health care. As we welcome new technologies into our most personal spaces, there is a growing recognition that design-based thinking needs to consider ethics and the users it serves.

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  1. Nov. 18, 2019PhD Oral Defence - Jason Deglint

    Candidate: Jason Deglint

    Thesis Title: Automatic Classification of Algae using Multispectral Fluorescence Microscopy & Hierarchical Deep Learning

    Supervisor(s): Alexander Wong

  2. Nov. 19 to 21, 2019Engineering International Fair

    ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL FAIR - NOVEMBER 19-21, 2019

    To celebrate International Education Week, the Faculty of Engineering is hosting a series of events open to all faculty, staff and students. You are welcome to sign up for one or all events that appeal to you. The goal of this fair is to celebrate the diverse cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds that exist within the Faculty.

  3. Nov. 25, 2019AI and the Weaponization of Information with DarwinAI CEO Sheldon Fernandez
    graphic of weapon and information

    Join DarwinAI CEO Sheldon Fernandez (BASc 2001, Computer Engineering) for this timely talk on misinformation in the digital age. Pizza lunch will be provided at 12:15pm, with the talk following at 12:30pm. All students, alumni, staff and faculty are welcome to register for this free event using the registration link below.

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