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 at the University of Waterloo in 1978. In 2005, Professor Cheriton made a transformational gift to the school that supports named chairs, faculty fellowships, and graduate scholarships.

Discover our latest achievements by following our news. Upcoming talks on a range of computer science topics are found under events.
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  1. May 17, 2024CS student ‘turns up the heat’ in latest data science hackathon
    Photo of winning team

    Last week, students at the University of Waterloo were invited to participate in the GOODHack24 challenge. This event was held at Communitech in downtown Kitchener and was co-hosted by the City of Kitchener, Go Open Data (GOOD) and GreenHouse, a social incubator at United College.

    This hackathon challenge offered a space for students to brainstorm, explore and develop innovative solutions at the intersection of open data, technology and local sustainable resources to support affected communities experiencing heat inequity.  

  2. May 10, 2024Marian Forster: UWaterloo Math’s ‘Hidden Figure’
    a black and white photo of 4 people: 3 men. but the women's silhoutte is in pink. theyre surrounded by computers

    “I decided to do mathematics out of defiance,” Marian Forster says, chuckling and leaning forward in her chair. “I pretty much got a message from society, my school, and my family that I was not very smart, and that I should take typing in Grade 10 and become a typist like my mother. And then that would be it.”

  3. May 10, 2024Jason Amri explores ‘Economic & Sustainable Futures’ in latest UWaterloo podcast
    Black background with various shapes (circles, squares) in blue or purple. Black and white icon of Dominic Barton and Jason Amri

    Jason Amri, a fourth-year Computer Science student, was featured in two episodes of the Global Futures podcast.

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  1. May 21, 2024Master’s Thesis Presentation • Systems and Networking • Parallel Transaction Execution in Public Blockchain Systems

    Please note: This master’s thesis presentation will take place in DC 2310

    Rizwan Shahid, Master’s candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisors: Professors Bernard Wong, Samer Al-Kiswany

    Public blockchain systems like Ethereum and Bitcoin suffer from poor transaction through-put, leading to delayed transaction execution and high transaction fees. They execute transactions one by one failing to extract inherent parallelism possible in executing the workload.

  2. May 21, 2024PhD Seminar • Quantum Computing • Arithmetic and Synthesis of Single Qutrit Circuits

    Please note: This PhD seminar will take place in QNC 1201.

    Amolak Ratan Kalra, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisor: Professor Michele Mosca

  3. May 22, 2024DLS: John Stasko — Reflections on the Value of Visualization

    Please note: This distinguished lecture will take place in DC 1302 and online.

    John Stasko, Professor
    School of Interactive Computing 
    Georgia Institute of Technology

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