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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dr. Alexander Wong talks about Deep Learning with Darwin: Evolutionary Synthesis of Operational Deep Intelligence at WICI event

Dr. Alexander Wong, a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, talks about the democratization and proliferation of deep learning as commodity AI at a recent WICI (Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation) event.

Watch the full talk.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Amazon partners with Waterloo to support AI research

As part of the Alexa Fund Fellowship, which was formally announced today, Amazon is supplying Alexa-enabled devices and sending an Alexa speech scientist to mentor Waterloo researchers and students.

There will be three undergraduate courses hosted by the Department of Systems Design Engineering for biomedical and mechatronics engineering students currently run by Professor Alexander Wong and Professor Igor Ivkovic, and a graduate-level course hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering currently run by Karray.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jim Estill, CEO and Systems Design Engineering graduate, single-handedly brought 200 Syrian Refugees to Canada:

When Jim Estill decided to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families, he didn’t tell anyone about it at first—not his accountant, not his friends, not even his wife. It was the summer of 2015, and the death toll in Syria had reached a quarter of a million people, while another four million had fled the country. All summer long, the news reported horror stories of Syrians drowning in the Mediterranean. Humanitarian aid programs were being cut across the Middle East.[Read more]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Devon Galloway (SYDE’2010) was selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 2017

Devon Galloway (SYDE’2010) was selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 2017 -- Young Innovators Redefining Marketing and Advertising

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Palihapitiya Lau Venture Creation Fund Info Session

Palihapitiya Lau Venture Creation Fund Info Session

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Now available to all Waterloo Engineering departments, the Palihapitiya/Lau Venture Creation Fund provides two $50,000 awards to University-selected Capstone Design teams whose intention is to transform their Capstone Design project into a promising startup post-graduation. 

Attend the info session to learn more.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Best Paper Award by the VIP lab at the NIPS Workshop

Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor, and Javad Shafiee, a systems design engineering doctoral candidate, were honoured with the best paper award in the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference’s workshop on efficient methods for deep learning for their work in operational AI using evolutionary deep intelligence.