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. Apr. 11, 2024CS at Waterloo rises to 21st spot internationally, according to the 2024 QS World University Rankings
    photo of the Davis Centre bathed in light from a sunset

    Computer Science, the University of Waterloo’s top-ranked subject internationally, has risen in the global rankings to the 21st position, according to the latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject released on April 10, 2024.
    This is the fourth year in a row that Computer Science was in the top 25 internationally and the top-ranked subject at Waterloo.

  2. Mar. 28, 2024Florian Kerschbaum receives $2 million grant from ORF to enhance data security in fintech and manufacturing
    photo of Professors Florian Kerschbaum and N. Asokan

    Professor Florian Kerschbaum has been awarded $2 million through the Ontario Research Fund to develop innovative data science and machine learning techniques aimed at safeguarding Ontario’s financial technology and manufacturing sectors from inadvertent data leaks. The project, led by Professor Kerschbaum as principal investigator and Professor N. Asokan as co-principal investigator, will enhance data security in these critical industries.

  3. Mar. 27, 2024"A push-up to $6.5K USD": William Wang wins big at ETHDenver’s 2024 Hackathon
    William Wang performing 10 push-ups as his teammate Xavier cheers him on during the duo's pitch for the closing ceremony

    William Wang, a third-year undergraduate student, earned one of the top prizes at ETHDenver, held from February 23 to March 3, 2024.

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  1. Apr. 17, 2024Master’s Thesis Presentation • Data Systems • Facilitating Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval Evaluations for African Languages

    Please note: This master’s thesis presentation will take place online.

    Mofetoluwa Adeyemi, Master’s candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisor: Professor Jimmy Lin

  2. Apr. 17, 2024PhD Seminar • Bioinformatics • Efficient Protein Inference with Graph Neural Networks

    Please note: This PhD seminar will take place online.

    Zheng Ma, PhD candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisors: Professors Ali Ghodsi, Ming Li

  3. Apr. 17, 2024Master’s Thesis Presentation • Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) • Ghost Recommendations: A Protocol for Efficiently Enhancing User Privacy

    Please note: This master’s thesis presentation will take place online.

    Kritika Iyer, Master’s candidate
    David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

    Supervisor: Professor Ian Goldberg

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