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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Systems Design Engineering professor joins Order of Canada

Keith Hipel, a longtime professor at Waterloo Engineering, was formally invested last week into the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

Hipel was made an officer of the Order, a rank that recognizes national service or achievement, by Governor General Julie Payette during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Systems Design Professor Named Royal Society of Canada Member

Prof. Alexander Wong of Systems Design Engineering has been named a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a renowned scientist and engineer whose contributions to artificial intelligence, computer vision and biomedical engineering have had profound impacts on his field. His groundbreaking innovations include computational imaging systems and tissue-scanning techniques for cancer detection, coded hemodynamic imaging technology for blood flow monitoring, and important new concepts for operational artificial intelligence in areas such as explainable and scalable deep learning.

Monday, August 27, 2018

SYDE 2018 Graduating Class Profile

Nothing quite gets an engineer going like a thorough quantitative analysis of an insight-filled dataset. This was the opportunity I had in capturing the experience of my graduating class — the Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) Class of 2018.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Striking a chord with electronic takes on classic instruments

For many students, a term project can evoke a lot of emotions, such as excitement, worry, and enthusiasm; but for one class it provided an opportunity to reconnect with their own cultures. Last month, more than 80 students taking SYDE 361 staged a memorable concert featuring electronic instruments that they designed and built.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Amazon Alexa Fellowships for 2018-2019

Waterloo Engineering is the only Canadian school to land a prestigious Amazon Alexa Fellowship program (others include CMU, MIT, Cambridge, etc.).  The program will be coordinated by Professors Alex Wong, Igor Ivkovic, and Shelley Wang in Systems Design Engineering, as Amazon Alexa Ambassadors, with exciting outreach activities to be developed for both SYDE and other engineering students, and with an Alexa innovation lab having co-op opportunities.

Amazon Alexa Fellowship

Monday, August 20, 2018

SYDE / BME Readiness Assessment for new SYDE and BME students starting in 1A in Fall 2018

Due date

Monday, September 10th 2018

The SYDE/BME Readiness Assessment is a diagnostic test. The questions on the assessment cover fundamental background for the courses that students will take in their first term. It is not for credit – rather, a tool to help identify areas where students need support. The assessment can be done from a personal computer with an internet connection. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

University of Waterloo researchers develop new system to detect pothole problems

Local researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new artificial intelligence system to detect problems with roads.

Currently it can take up to 24 people to go through about 13,000 images a day looking for potholes. But the new research suggests computers can do majority of the work faster, and with more accuracy.

All the computer needs is images of the roads that can be taken using something as simple as a smart phone, and then their algorithm will do all the work.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

UW researchers develop artificial intelligence software to detect road problems

WATERLOO — Potholes and deteriorating roadways are the bane of motorists and a big task for municipalities to manage.

An artificial intelligence software system developed by University of Waterloo researchers can simplify road maintenance to flag defects early, saving taxpayers money and drivers headaches.

"It would make everybody's lives a lot better," said John Zelek, an engineering professor at Waterloo.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Research by Systems Design Professors and Student on AI for Water Safety Monitoring Published in Nature Scientific Reports

Alexander Wong, Canada Research Chair in the field of artificial intelligence, Chao Jin, research professor in Systems Design, and Jason Deglint, PhD student in Systems Design, along with research collaborators Prof. Monica Emelko and research associate Maria Mesquita in Civil and Environmental Engineering has developed new artificial intelligence (AI) technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health.  This study has been published in Nature Scientific Reports, and mentioned in a number of media outlets.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Systems Design Student's Work on AI for Understanding Metal Integrity Published in Nature Communications

Devinder Kumar, and Ph.D. student in Systems Design Engineering under the supervision of Alexander Wong, Canada Research Chair in the field of artificial intelligence, has found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction and automotive industries. The findings of the open-access study, published in the journal Nature Communications, could result in greater confidence when determining the integrity of metals. Read more