Wednesday, March 3, 2021

SYDE Grad Students receive Waterloo AI Institute Scholarships

The Waterloo AI Institute provides twelve one-time awards valued at $5,000 each. One Master’s student and one Ph.D. student from each of the University’s six faculties were chosen to receive a scholarship. This year Shivam Kalra and Milad Sikaroudi, Ph.D. students from Kimia Lab have been awarded the AI scholarship.

Monday, February 22, 2021

SYDE Researchers developing a COVID-19 biosensor

Research students Inna Novodchuk and Muhammed Kayaharman co-advised by Prof. Eihab Abdel-Rahman at the University of Waterloo, Department of Systems Design Engineering, are developing a COVID-19 biosensor. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Waterloo tech company helping farm crickets for food

A company with strong ties to Waterloo Engineering is involved in the creation of a state-of-the-art facility to farm crickets as a source of protein.

DarwinAI, which was co-founded by Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor, and Mohammad Javad Shafiee, an engineering research professor, is one of several industry partners in a project led by the Aspire Food Group.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

SYDE Engineering grad's career soars as musical director for a Canadian superstar

Entertaining students with his band at University of Waterloo’s on-campus pub helped launch the career of an engineering alumnus who is the musical director and lead guitarist for Canadian rock musician Shawn Mendes.   

Zubin Thakkar, now a platinum-selling producer, recording engineer and songwriter, formed Prize Fighter about 15 years ago with several other Waterloo students.

A fan-favourite at The Bombshelter, better known as The Bomber, Prize Fighter released its first CD at the pub, which closed its doors in 2018.   

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Researcher takes fresh look at AI and medical images

Hamid Tizhoosh was looking for a new idea, a fresh start, when he began talking to doctors about how they do their jobs and how they might do them better. 

Six months into his consultations, with his engineering lab at the University of Waterloo reduced to a one-man show by a failed artificial intelligence (AI) startup, he heard something that almost floored him. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Crying out loud

Engineering students, friends create campus heat map to share tearful times, places and stories

Queenie Wu (left) and Leslie Xin are friends and third-year systems design engineering students.

Leslie Xin and Queenie Wu don’t mind admitting now that they did a lot of crying during their first year as engineering students at the University of Waterloo.

Friday, January 22, 2021

‘Edge NLP’ Is About Doing More With Less

NLP relies on large corpuses of data that enable deep learning neural networks and can be “gargantuan” said Alexander Wong, the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging and an associate professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, as well as co-founder of DarwinAI.

Friday, January 22, 2021

SYDE Prof. was interviewed on AI in a podcast

The Promise and the Risk, interviewing Dr. Alexander Wong, P. Eng. Dr. Wong is currently the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, and an associate professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Just say the word: New voice tech could run home appliances

Developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo and AI company DarwinAI, the technology enables the creation of low-cost, low-power, self-contained speech recognition software that is tailored to specific tasks.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Vector Welcomes 2020 Cohort of Faculty Affiliates

Professor Hamid Tizhoosh, the director of Kimia Lab, has been appointed as a faculty affiliate to the Vector Institute for a second time.