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

    Xi He, PhD candidate
    Computer Science Department, Duke University

  2. 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

  3. Mar. 28, 2018Seminar • Cryptography, Security, and Privacy — Breaking Cryptographic Barriers

    Dakshita Khurana, PhD candidate
    Department of Computer Science, UCLA

    Can we provably immunize protocols against coordinated attacks on the internet? Can we verify that computation is performed correctly while preserving the privacy of underlying data? Can we enable mutually distrusting participants to securely compute on distributed private data?

    These are some of the core challenges that lie at the heart of modern cryptography and secure protocol design.

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