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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. 12, 2018Professor Maura Grossman named by the Obelisk as one of the top six women in law changing the legal industry

    The Obelisk has named Research Professor Maura Grossman as one of the top six women in law worldwide who is transforming the legal industry through technology.

  2. Mar. 5, 2018Waterloo students win $20,000 at Citadel and Citadel Securities datathon Winning students: Thomas Arab Alexander, Pranav Barot, Ryan Kinnear, Richard Wu

    A team of four Waterloo students took first prize in the first Citadel and Citadel Securities Data Open datathon competition of 2018. The event drew 80 competitors from Waterloo, University of Toronto and University of Montreal. The winning team, which included Waterloo computer science student Richard Wu, will compete in the championship against approximately 20 other teams later this year.

  3. Feb. 20, 2018Developing protocols for better Off-The-Record encryption

    Cryptography done right has become increasingly important as the impacts of poor implementations are being felt by journalists, whistleblowers and political activists around the world.

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  1. Mar. 19, 2018Seminar • Algorithms / Privacy — Protecting Privacy and Guaranteeing Generalization by Controlling Information

    Thomas Steinke, Postdoctoral researcher
    IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California

    As data is being more widely collected and used, privacy and statistical validity are becoming increasingly difficult to protect. Sound solutions are needed, as ad hoc approaches have resulted in several high-profile failures.

  2. Mar. 20, 2018PhD Seminar • Human-Computer Interaction: Left Them 4 Dead — Perception of Humans versus Non-Player Character Teammates in Cooperative Gameplay

    Rina Wehbe, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Why do we care if our teammates are not human? This study seeks to uncover whether or not the perception of other players as human or artificial entities can influence player experience. We use both deception and a between-participants blind study design to reduce bias in our experiment. 

  3. Mar. 20, 2018Seminar • Artificial Intelligence — Information as A Double-Edged Sword in Strategic Interactions

    Haifeng Xu, PhD candidate
    Computer Science Department, University of Southern California

    Strategic interactions among self-interested agents (a.k.a., games) are ubiquitous, ranging from economic activity in daily life and the Internet to defender-adversary interactions in national security. A key variable influencing agents' strategic decision making is the information they have available about their environment as well as the preferences and actions of others. 

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