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. 19, 2021Cheriton School of Computer Science faculty and staff recognized for anniversary milestones
    banner depicting anniversary milestones

    Each year, the University of Waterloo honours and recognizes its dedicated faculty and staff by celebrating their milestones of distinguished service. 

    Waterloo faculty and staff who have served between 5 and 50 years were honoured across a series of virtual events to recognize their contributions and tireless efforts that have shaped the success of the university. These virtual events celebrated the 501 people who began employment at the University of Waterloo between 1971 and 2016. 

  2. Mar. 28, 2021Cheriton School of Computer Science students among winners at Concept $5K Finals
    Concept by Velocity logo

    Computer science students were among the finalists at Concept’s $5K pitch competition, an event held live but virtually on March 26, 2021.

    Concept is Velocity’s experiential entrepreneurship and pre-incubator program at the University of Waterloo. Acting as a resource to students interested in entrepreneurship, Concept guides them on how to propel their start-up through programs, coaching and grant-funding opportunities.  

  3. Mar. 19, 2021Mei Nagappan receives 2020 Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award
    photo of Professor Mei Nagappan

    Professor Mei Nagappan has received a 2020 Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award from CS-Can/Info-Can, the nation’s professional society dedicated to representing computer science and the interests of the discipline to Canadians. He is the ninth faculty member at the Cheriton School of Computer Science to receive this prestigious award. 

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  1. Apr. 22, 2021Seminar • Data Visualization — Human-Centered Machine Learning: Approaches for Mixed-Initiative Topic Model Refinement

    Please note: This seminar will be given online.

    Mennatallah El-Assady, Research Associate
    Data Analysis and Visualization, University of Konstanz
    Visualization for Information Analysis Lab, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

  2. Apr. 26, 2021Women in Computer Science • Responding to Everyday Bias: How to Recognize it and Interrupt it

    Everyone is welcome to attend this free online event.

    We have all been in conversations where a friend, colleague or boss makes an off-handed or stereotypical comment. Such comments can be hurtful and make for a non-inclusive learning or working environment. We might let the comment slide because we want to move on and don’t want to make the speaker defensive. However, by not speaking up, we silently convey that such comments are OK with us and we help to normalize them.

  3. Apr. 28, 2021PhD Seminar • Artificial Intelligence — Learning all Credible Bayesian Network Structures for Model Averaging

    Please note: This PhD seminar will be given online.

    Alister Liao, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisor: Professor Peter van Beek

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