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Feb 9th, 2024
Ning ZhangElectrical and computer engineering professor Ning Zhang is charting a path to take virtual reality from science fiction to daily reality.

Privacy and scalability among challenges to metaverse: researchers

The next wave of the internet will completely change how people connect, communicate, and play by submerging them in a virtual world, says professor Ning Zhang.

But in “A Survey on Metaverse: Fundamentals, Security, and Privacy,” an article co-authored with colleagues from Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of Waterloo, he warns that this immersive arena is still developing to its full potential, so making forecasts is difficult.

A professor in the UWindsor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Zhang points to the significant investment of major corporations like Apple and Meta in technologies like virtual reality.

Feb 9th, 2024
Narayan KarEngineering professor Narayan Kar will join a national summit Tuesday to discuss the future of automotive.

CHARGE lab director to speak to future of automotive at Globe and Mail summit

Narayan Kar, director of the CHARGE lab (the Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy) and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, will join a panel discussing the future of automotive — which he says, means bringing the entire electric vehicle supply chain to Canada.

Canada Research Chair in Electrified Vehicles, Dr. Kar will be one of 12 industry experts speaking at the Globe and Mail’s fourth annual Future of Automotive Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 13, which will bring together experts, consumers, and tech innovators to share their thoughts on the challenges facing the sector and the evolution of driving in Canada.

Feb 8th, 2024
Grace A. OyeyiGrace A. Oyeyi is one of four new members of the Faculty of Engineering.

New faculty bring talents to Windsor Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering has welcomed four new members: Caniggia Viana to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Grace A. Oyeyi, Mina Lee, and Adeyemi Adesina to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Viana comes to Windsor from the University of Toronto where he worked in the Laboratory for Advanced Power Conversion and Systems Analysis. His research focuses on integrated charging of electric vehicles, repurposing pre-existing parts of the car to eliminate the additional cost and weight of conventional chargers. His research increases range and reduces vehicle cost to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, ultimately decreasing the environmental impact of human mobility.

Feb 7th, 2024
Giselle St. Louis and Jason McKinlay, along with WinnieThe Faculty of Engineering wellness team comprises clinical therapists Giselle St. Louis and Jason McKinlay, along with Winnie the therapy dog.

Wellness team ready to help engineering students

The Faculty of Engineering wellness team is available to help engineering students through any number of issues that come up during students’ academic year, from academics, relationship or family conflict, coping with change, difficulty achieving academically, loneliness, emotional instability, test anxiety, to trauma — any number of stresses that students encounter during the school year.

Clinical therapists Giselle St. Louis and Jason McKinlay, along with Winnie the therapy dog, can offer a variety of counselling services.

Feb 1st, 2024
Mehrdad SaifThe Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has bestowed the title of fellow on professor Mehrdad Saif.

Engineering professor named IEEE Fellow

Mehrdad Saif, former dean of the Faculty of Engineering and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elevated to Fellow grade by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

The IEEE Fellow is one of the institute’s most prestigious honours, bestowed upon a very limited number of senior members who have contributed prominently to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology, bringing significant value to society. The number of IEEE Fellows elevated in a year is no more than one-tenth of one per cent of the total IEEE voting membership. According to the IEEE, Saif was elevated to the Fellow grade “for contributions to monitoring, diagnosis, and prognosis in cyber-physical health systems.”

“It certainly is rewarding,” Saif said of the recognition.

Oct 13th, 2023
Jalal Ahmed, Anthony BainProfessors Jalal Ahamed from engineering and Anthony Bain from human kinetics are leading a team developing a wearable sensor to measure breathing during sleep.

Sensors to help researchers study the breathing of sleeping subjects

One out of four adult Canadians suffers from obstructive sleep, and a team of UWindsor researchers is hoping to learn more.

Jalal Ahamed from engineering and Anthony Bain from human kinetics are leading a multidisciplinary team working to develop a wearable sensor to measure the breathing of sleeping subjects.

“We engineered breathing sensors that can give us complete metrics of different breathing-related signs and patterns,” says Dr. Ahamed. “Breathing is aligned with a lot of our well-being: it regulates our blood pressure and our heart rate and can impact our mental health.”

Oct 12th, 2023
Ahmet Alpas and Jonathan WuEngineering faculty members Ahmet Alpas and Jonathan Wu will formally ascend to the rank of distinguished university professor Friday.

Friday ceremonies to recognize two distinguished engineering faculty members

The University of Windsor will confer the title of Distinguished University Professor on two members of its faculty during Convocation celebrations Friday, Oct. 13.

The rank is awarded to senior scholars at the height of their careers who have distinguished achievements in teaching and whose scholarly activities reflect a body of work recognized at a national or international level.

Jonathan Wu is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and has been a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Automotive Sensors and Information Systems. He is the founding director of the Computer Vision and Sensing Systems Laboratory at the University of Windsor, Canada. Prior to joining the university, Dr. Wu was a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada. An elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, he has received the CIPPRS/ACTIRF Best Robotics Paper Award.

Sep 21st, 2023
Engineering professor Arezoo Emadi in labEngineering professor Arezoo Emadi has received a federal Discovery grant to fund her research project “A new approach in extending the boundaries of autonomous early detection using a novel micromachined resonator.”

Federal funding fuels exploration at the frontiers of discovery

Fourteen UWindsor researchers in the faculties of science and engineering have received nearly $2.5 million in 2023 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery grants.

“Federal funding awarded through the NSERC Discovery program provides critical support to our researchers who are pursuing ground-breaking research at the frontiers of science and engineering,” said Shanthi Johnson, vice-president, research and innovation.

“Discovery grants are vital to our research ecosystem, allowing our faculty to explore the most pressing challenges in their fields while supporting the capacity and talent pipeline of the scientists and engineers in training.”

Funded research projects include the health of the Great Lakes, studying border traffic using machine learning, green energy sources, and early mammalian development with grants ranging from $32,000 to $51,000 per year for five years.

Sep 13th, 2023
Annalise Gignac and Suhaib MouallaAnnalise Gignac and Suhaib Moualla are the 2023 recipients of the Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Awards.

Scholarships recognize student mentors in engineering

Excellent academic performance and a desire to mentor and tutor earned notice for third-year engineering majors Annalise Gignac and Suhaib Moualla.

The annual Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Award, established in 2020 by the WinOne Office for First-Year Engineering and funded by materials engineering alumnus Joseph Liburdi (BASc 1967), provides $10,000 to support two-senior-level undergraduate students who excel academically and express an interest in mentoring other engineering students.

The Liburdi scholars lead the WinOne tutorial program, which provides peer tutoring support for all first- and second-year core courses. They onboard 10 WinOne tutors each semester for one full year, assist with promoting the WinOne tutorials to first-year students, and schedule weekly tutoring sessions and exam review sessions for all tutors — including themselves. In addition to academic support, the tutors mentor students about topics such as program selection, co-operative education, and senior project selection.

Sep 13th, 2023
Jennifer Johrendt, Nievae Centurione, Elisha GiangElevate students showcased research they have been working on all summer. From left: associate dean Jennifer Johrendt, mechanical engineering student Nievae Centurione, electrical and computer engineering major Elisha Giang.

Internships elevate engineering student research

The first cohort of Elevate interns showed off the results of their summer research projects in poster presentations before the start of the fall semester.

Elevate scholarships, a new program by dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst, afford opportunities to students from equity-deserving groups: those who identify as Black, female, non-binary, or Indigenous. Along with a $5,000 award, they offer research positions working directly with faculty in the summer following the completion of first year.

Thirty-two students participated this year.