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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. Aug. 15, 2017Q and A with Xu Chu, a recent PhD graduate in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Sciencephotography of Xu Chu

    Xu Chu successfully defended his PhD in August 2017. He was supervised by Professor Ihab Ilyas, a member of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science’s Data Systems Group.

  2. Aug. 15, 2017Computer scientists receive nearly $125k for state-of-the-art infrastructurephotograph of Professor Maura Grossman

    Two researchers in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science have received John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) awards from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will provide them with infrastructure support to expand their research programs. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the funding announcement in Sudbury today.

    Maura Grossman • Apparatus for High-Recall Information Retrieval

  3. Aug. 2, 2017An app for the perfect selfie

    Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies.

    Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.

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  1. Oct. 1, 2017Spring term entry graduate admissions

    The deadline to apply for spring term entry for our graduate studies programs — both master's and PhD — is October 1, 2017.

    You should begin your application at least two weeks before the application deadline to arrange for us to receive your supporting documents and references.

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