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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. Apr. 6, 2020Florian Kerschbaum receives 2019 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award
    photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

    Professor Florian Kerschbaum has received a 2019 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award from CS-Can/Info-Can, the nation’s professional society dedicated to representing all aspects of computer science and the interests of the discipline to Canadians.

  2. Mar. 13, 2020Applying enterprising ideas from mathematics and computer science to help solve societal and environmental problems
    Professor Jesse Hoey in Davis Centre

    Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Jesse Hoey has had a curious career trajectory.

    His academic life began with an undergraduate degree in physics, followed by a master’s in physical oceanography, then a PhD in computer science with specialization in artificial intelligence. He even had a stint working with occupational therapists as part of his postdoctoral studies, where he applied his expertise in AI to develop assistive technologies for people with dementia.

  3. Mar. 4, 2020Speaker videos now available from Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy
    Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy speakers

    Media, government, and industry commonly frame security and privacy as diametrically opposed: protecting one requires sacrificing the other. 

    Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy brought together researchers with international speakers from journalism, national security, academia and the corporate world to challenge these misconceptions. A central thread of each of the talks is the design, implementation, and benefits of privacy-enhancing social and technological infrastructures.

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  1. Apr. 7, 2020Master’s Thesis Presentation • Data Systems — Machine Learning for Streamflow Prediction

    Please note: This masters thesis presentation will be given online.

    Martin Gauch, Master’s candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

  2. Apr. 7, 2020PhD Defence • Human-Computer Interaction | Information Retrieval — Supporting Exploratory Search Tasks Through Alternative Representations of Information

    Bahareh Sarrafzadeh, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

  3. Apr. 9, 2020PhD Defence • Data Systems — Towards a New Generation of Permissioned Blockchain Systems

    Please note: This PhD defence will be given online.

    Christian Gorenflo, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

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