Thursday, December 5, 2019

Making photovoltaic storage systems more financially attractive to homeowners

photo of Fiodar Kazhamiak and Professor Catherine Rosenberg

Almost daily, scientists release another study documenting the growing influence of human-caused global warming. Driven by ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, mostly from coal, oil and natural gas we burn for energy, the Earth’s average surface temperature has risen by almost 1ºC since the late 19thcentury, with much greater increases predicted ahead.

Friday, November 29, 2019

New device enables battery-free computer input at the tip of your finger

photo of Ju Wang, Omid Abari, Daniel Vogel and Keiko Katsuragawa

Researchers at the David R. Cheriton Cheriton School of Computer Science have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways.

Called Tip-Tap, the device is inexpensive and battery-free because it uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sense when fingertips touch. The device could be added to disposable surgical gloves, allowing surgeons to access preoperative planning diagrams in an operating room. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Meet Jian Zhao, a professor passionate about data and novel ways of analyzing, presenting and interacting with it

photo of Professor Jian Zhao

Jian Zhao joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science in fall 2019 as an assistant professor. Previously, he was a senior research scientist in the Enterprise AI group at FX Palo Alto Laboratory in Palo Alto, California.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Florian Kerschbaum comments on $2.1 million social engineering cyberattack on Waterloo Brewing

photo of Florian Kerschbaum

Waterloo Brewing has lost millions in an impersonation scheme, an incident the company described as a “social engineering cyberattack” by a sophisticated third party. In its November 21, 2019 media release, the Kitchener firm announced that the attack occurred earlier this month and it has not yet recovered any of the $2.1 million wired to the fraudulent third-party account.

Monday, November 18, 2019

PhD candidate Matthew Lakier, Professor Daniel Vogel and their colleagues bring gaming to autonomous vehicles

photo of Daniel Vogel and Matthew Lakier

Researchers have designed multiplayer games that occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. 

A new study, led by researchers from the Cheriton School of Computer Science in collaboration with Waterloo’s Games Institute, details three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles. The researchers also made suggestions for many exciting types of in-car games for future exploration.

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