University of Waterloo partners with Chinese institutions on connected autonomous driving

The University of Waterloo has caught the attention of China.

The Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS), Chinese leaders in autonomous driving technology, are partnering up with the university to advance that technology.

This isn’t foreign territory for the school, which has multiple research partnership agreements across the world.

“Waterloo is committed to taking a global view on research and development and this partnership represents a significant step in our goal of advancing the world’s understanding and use of new technologies,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, the university’s president and vice-chancellor, in a March 15 press release. “Our dedication to innovation and these types of partnerships will help us to continue to shape the future of Canada and the world’s technologies and economy.”

Last year, researchers from the university, in partnership with Renesas Electronics America, created computer programs and mechanisms to help a car drive autonomously in different driving scenarios. The latest agreement with Chinese institutions will lead to the development of a shared research centre for automated driving, faculty and graduate student exchanges, a Waterloo PhD program focused on autonomous vehicles and the potential for Chinese startup companies to create research and development facilities in the Waterloo Region.

“The Waterloo collaboration is another significant step to strengthen QAII’s international profile, and we are committed to make it a great success,” said Yanchen Gao, senior vice-president of QAII for intelligent technology research and development and incubation, in a March 15 press release. “Parallel driving for intelligent vehicles is one of our hallmark technologies and we hope our joint venture with Waterloo brings networked autonomous driving to reality.”

The Chinese partners will provide up to $1 million CAD per year for five years, while Waterloo has committed to providing $4 million CAD to build a new autonomous lab facility in 2018. It’s also seeking further government matching funds to support this initiative.

President of QAII and director of SKL-MCCS Fei-Yue Wang said he’s looking forward to building on his existing ties to the university’s engineering department. Wang said he’s been connected to the school for 30 years.

“Waterloo has been a world leader in engineering and computer science education and research and the Waterloo mechatronic vehicle research program has provided a solid foundation for the success of our collaboration,” he said.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Alex Coop
Alex Coop
Former Editorial Director for IT World Canada and its sister publications.

Featured Articles

Empowering the hybrid workforce: how technology can build a better employee experience

Across the country, employees from organizations of all sizes expect flexibility...

What’s behind the best customer experience: How to make it real for your business

The best customer experience – the kind that builds businesses and...

Overcoming the obstacles to optimized operations

Network-driven optimization is a top priority for many Canadian business leaders...

Thriving amid Canada’s tech talent shortage

With today’s tight labour market, rising customer demands, fast-evolving cyber threats...

Staying protected and compliant in an evolving IT landscape

Canadian businesses have changed remarkably and quickly over the last few...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now