University of Waterloo

  • ​Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a very difficult condition to diagnose, particularly in young children. Previously, we've seen technology intended to detect it by "reading" kids' faces. A new system, however, also gets children to read the faces of others.
  • ​Although Teslas may get a lot of attention, many EVs are actually small cars designed solely for urban use, made by struggling startup companies. A new wheel module could help increase the economic viability of building such vehicles, by simplifying the design and production processes.
  • A promising new technology developed at Canada’s University of Waterloo hinges on a special kind of powder that could be applied as a filter at power plants to gather CO2 molecules at the source, and is claimed to offer double the efficiency of the materials that are currently available.​
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    ​Ordinarily, city officials only know about leaks in municipal water pipes once those leaks have become quite large and troublesome. A new artificial intelligence-based system, however, could catch such leaks much earlier – by listening for them.
  • Water filters can get dirty and lose their effectiveness quickly. Now researchers have tested a new nature-inspired membrane that filters liquids using other liquids, making for a more efficient and longer-lasting membrane.
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    ​When someone is recovering from joint surgery, it's important for doctors to monitor factors such as their range of motion. A new self-powered sensor could make doing so easier than ever, by wirelessly transmitting movement data from an orthopedic brace on that joint.
  • Although finger-prick blood glucose tests are a daily necessity for millions of diabetics, a less-painful alternative may be on the horizon. Led by Prof. George Shaker, a team from Canada's University of Waterloo is looking at using radar and artificial intelligence (AI) to do the job.
  • Stealth technology may not be very stealthy in the future thanks to a new quantum radar system that uses the phenomenon of quantum entanglement to eliminate heavy background noise, thereby defeating stealth anti-radar technologies to detect incoming aircraft and missiles with much greater accuracy.
  • ​​Scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a promising new medical device that could help protect women from HIV. The technology consists of a vaginal implant that basically reduces the amount of targets the virus can latch onto during sex.
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    ​It currently takes about half an hour to check an athlete's blood or urine sample for performance-enhancing drugs. Thanks to technology developed at Canada's University of Waterloo, however, that figure may drop to just 55 seconds per sample – or perhaps even less.
  • ​One of the key measures of aerobic fitness lies in how quickly the body is able to draw oxygen from the blood. While previous studies suggest that males generally outperform females when it comes to children and older adults, a new study indicates that younger women consistently outdo younger men.
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    ​We've already seen numerous systems that can detect if drivers are getting drowsy. Now, however, engineering researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo have created software that can tell if the driver is engaging in distracting activities such as texting.