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. Oct. 15, 2020Nashid Shahriar receives 2020 Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program
    photo of Nashid Shahriar and Raouf Boutaba

    Nashid Shahriar has received the 2020 Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program. He was a PhD student in the Systems and Networking group from May 2014 to July 2020, working under the supervision of Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

  2. Oct. 9, 2020Cheriton School of Computer Science top CS program in Canada
    photo of the Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science has placed first in Canada, according to Maclean’s 2021 university rankings.

    Based on program reputation, computer science at Waterloo shared the podium for first with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, and based on research reputation, the Cheriton School tied for first with the University of Toronto.

  3. Sep. 30, 2020 Chaperone, a smartphone locking and loss-prevention system
    photo of Jiayi Chen in front of the Davis Centre

    We often think of a smartphone as merely a communications device, but it’s a networked computer so small, powerful and indispensable in our lives that we carry one wherever we go. But this same portability means a smartphone can be easily misplaced or left behind, and because of its value as a pricey pocket computer and as a data access and storage device, smartphones are also targeted by opportunists, thieves and attackers.

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  1. Oct. 30, 2020CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy • What’s New in the U.S. Crypto Wars?

    Please note: This talk will be given online.

    Riana Pfefferkorn, Associate Director
    Surveillance and Cybersecurity, Stanford Center for Internet and Society

  2. Nov. 5, 2020DLS: Oren Etzioni — Semantic Scholar, NLP, and the Fight Against COVID-19

    Please note: This distinguished lecture will be given online.

    Oren Etzioni
    Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for AI
    Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington

  3. Nov. 20, 2020PhD Defence • Computer Graphics — Deformation-Driven Element Packing

    Please note: This PhD defence will be given online.

    Reza Adhitya Saputra, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisor: Professor Craig Kaplan

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