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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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Waterloo faculty member awarded NSERC CREATE grant

Waterloo faculty member awarded NSERC CREATE grant

$1.65 million will support launch of new biomedical technology graduate program.

By Annemarie Vander Veen

Office of Research

Health technology is a growing industry and research priority in Canada. From pacemakers to implants to prosthetic limbs, we’re surrounded by medical innovations that improve our lives.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Author to be published in Optica

A new discovery for a biomedical microscopy that can image into tissues to visualize absorbing structures is pioneered by a Systems Design Engineering professor.  Dr. Parsin Haji Reza and his colleagues recently reported their work in Optica. By taking advantage of photoacoustic initial pressures, a functional all-optical non-contact optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy is reported at depths beyond the optical transport mean-free-path of the excitation wavelength. The proposed method is capable of providing optical resolution images to depths of 2.5mm.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A meeting of the minds--Robotics and AI experts from Ontario and China discuss opportunities for collaboration

"There are many unsolved problems in robotics, and many opportunities for collaborations between like-minded researchers in Ontario and China," says Dr. John McPhee, Professor and Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics at the University of Waterloo, and one of the workshop presenters. [Read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018

Systems Design Professor and Waterloo Researchers Combine AI and "Smart Shirts" to Track Aerobic Health

When most people think of wearables, they typically think of wristband monitors and smartwatches. But there’s also things like “smart shirts,” actual garments that contain sensors for heart rate, breathing, and motion.

Friday, May 18, 2018

SYDE Alumnus recognized as global hero for doing the right thing

Jim Estill

A version of this article originally appeared on Educating the Engineer of the Future news site

Jim Estill received an international hero’s award for what he believes was just doing what is right – sponsoring Syrian refugee families.

Monday, April 30, 2018

SYDE Professor and students gives tour to Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

The Federal Minister of Innovation

Systems Design Engineering professor Alexander Wong and the students at the Vision and Image Proccessing Research Group gives a tour to showcase their research and technologies to the Honorable Navdeep Bains, the Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.