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Welcome to the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

The Cheriton School of Computer Science is named for David R. Cheriton, who earned his PhD in Computer Science in 1978, and made a transformational gift to the school in 2005. It has become the largest academic concentration of Computer Science researchers in Canada.  

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  1. Jan. 17, 2019 Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficultphoto of Professor Shai Ben-David

    Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

    The study, published in Nature Machine Intelligence, found that contrary to conventional wisdom, there can be no exact method for deciding whether a given problem may be successfully solved by machine learning tools.

  2. Jan. 11, 2019Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues’ work on machine learning featured as front-page article on Nature

    Professor Shai Ben-David and his colleagues Pavel Hrubes, Shay Moran, Amir Shpilka and Amir Yehudayoff have shown that a simple machine learning problem — whether an algorithm can extract a pattern from limited data — is mathematically unsolvable

  3. Jan. 10, 2019Women attorneys in tech: Maura Grossman talks about her workphoto of Maura Grossman

    The following article, titled “Women Attorneys in Tech: Four Industry Leaders Talk About Their Work,” originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of New York State Bar Association Journal. Grossman, a Research Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, was recently appointed as Director of Women in Computer Science.  

    The article, by Mark A. Berman, Editor, New York State Bar Association Journal, showcases four exceptional women attorneys in tech — Shoshanah Bewlay, Gail Gottehrer, Sandra Rampersaud and Maura Grossman.

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  1. Jan. 21, 2019Master’s Thesis Presentation • Algorithms and Complexity — Bounds on Maximum Matchings in 1-Planar Graphs

    John Wittnebel, Master’s candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    In this thesis, we study lower bounds on maximum matchings in 1-planar graphs. We expand upon the tools used for proofs of matching bounds in other classes of graphs as well as some original ideas in order to find these bounds. The first novel results we provide are lower bounds of maximum matching in 1-planar graphs as a function of their minimum degree.

  2. Jan. 21, 2019Sirius Group Meeting • Blockchain Use Cases in Healthcare

    Pedro Velmovitsky, Public Health and Health Systems
    University of Waterloo

  3. Jan. 22, 2019The Legal, Business, and Moral Duty to Design Hardware, Software, and Human-Computer Interfaces to be Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities — Why and Howphoto of David Lepofsky

    David Lepofsky, LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M, Harvard Law School
    Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AllianceAdjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

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