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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. Mar. 21, 2018Article: A master's in computer science beats an MBA in national median earnings

    According to a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, salaries for those in computer-related occupations — especially for people who hold a graduate degree in the field — are rising because of a shortage in technological workers across many sectors of the economy.

    In fact, a recent graduate with a master’s degree in computer science often earns more than a recent MBA grad. Experts say that’s because computer science-related jobs are projected to grow even more in the next few years.

  2. Mar. 19, 2018Bumble bee tracking app places first at Software Engineering Design Symposium

    Joint effort with Friends of the Earth Canada to support the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

    Dinah Shi, John Salaveria and Luisa San Martin won first prize at the 2018 Software Engineering Capstone Design Symposium for their bumble bee tracking app. 

  3. Mar. 16, 2018Professor Tamer Özsu named University Professor

    Professor M. Tamer Özsu, a founding member of the Data Systems Group at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, has been named a University Professor by the University of Waterloo, a distinction conferred to academics of exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence.

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  1. Mar. 22, 2018Seminar • Human-Computer Interaction — Changing the Relationship People Have with Data: Towards Authoring Tools for Creating and Sharing Personal Data Visualizations

    Charles Perin, Department of Computer Science
    City, University of London

    We live in an increasingly data-driven world, where commercial, societal, environmental, and political decisions are made based on data. However, we also live in a world where most people lack the literacy required to participate in the data-informed debates of modern society. Perhaps the main barrier to improving people’s data literacy is that data is often associated with complexity, large scale, corporatism, and dystopia.

    But data is about people.

  2. Mar. 26, 2018Seminar • Data Systems — Leave No Trace: Personal Data with Provable Privacy Guarantees

    Xi He, PhD candidate
    Computer Science Department, Duke University

  3. Mar. 26, 2018DLS • Jennifer Widom • Magic Moments in Research and Teachingphoto of Jennifer Widom

    Jennifer Widom
    ​Frederick Emmons Terman Dean, School of Engineering
    Fletcher Jones Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
    Stanford University

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