The David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellowships are a prestigious recognition. The awards support the work of leading faculty in computer science with an emphasis on supporting research that addresses problems associated with designing and implementing efficient and reliable computing systems, along with their effective integration.

These fellowships help the University of Waterloo and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science continue their innovations in information technology teaching and research.

Current Cheriton Faculty Fellows


Lap Chi Lau

photo of Professor Lap Chi LauLap Chi Lau is an Associate Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science and a member of the Algorithms and Complexity group. Before joining University of Waterloo, he was a faculty member at The Chinese University of Hong Kong for seven years. He has a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from University of Toronto, and a BSc in Computer Science from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lap Chi’s research interests are in design and analysis of algorithms, including algorithmic graph theory, approximation algorithms and combinatorial optimization. He is interested in studying different approaches to solve graph problems and seeing new connections between them. He has designed good approximation algorithms and fast exact algorithms for graph problems, using ideas from linear algebra, probability and optimization. Recently, he is interested in using ideas from spectral graph theory and convex optimization to design and analyze algorithms for combinatorial problems.

Daniel Vogel

photo of Professor Daniel VogelDaniel Vogel is an Associate Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science. He has published more than 60 papers in the area of Human Computer Interaction, focusing on fundamental characteristics of human input and novel forms of interaction for current and future computing form factors like touch, tangibles, large displays, mid-air gestures, and whole-body input. 

In addition to a PhD and MSc from the University of Toronto, he holds a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and he leverages his combined art and science background in his research. For example, he was awarded a major grant to build a $1.8 million lab to explore the intersection of HCI and Fine Art in spatial augmented reality. 

Daniel’s 2004 paper on interactive ambient displays is one of the ten most cited papers in the history of the ACM UIST conference, and he has received multiple honours including multiple best paper awards at ACM CHI; the Bill Buxton Dissertation Award (2010); a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011–13), an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2017); the Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award (2018), and the CS-Can/Info-Can Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award (2018).


Edward Lank

photo of Professor Ed LankEdward Lank is a Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. He was the co-founder of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and continues to co-direct the lab.

He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an Honours Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Prince Edward Island. He joined the faculty at Waterloo in 2006. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at San Francisco State University. He did post-doctoral work at Xerox PARC in 2001.

Edward’s primary research interests are in intelligent user interfaces, gestural interaction, and movement modelling. His current projects include work in mechanisms for leveraging reject rates to increase the perceived reliability of recognition-based user interfaces; he has explored the design of free-space gesture input languages (e.g., motion gestures) and mechanisms for treating motion gestures; finally, he and his students have explored techniques for predicting target locations in goal-directed movements (e.g., pointing) and speed profiles in constrained movements in interfaces. Alongside his primary research areas, Edward is broadly interested in all aspects of human-computer interaction. Among many other topics, he has recently explored persuasive technologies, sustainability, computer-supported cooperative work, usable privacy and security, sketch and diagram recognition, and human-in-the-loop information retrieval.

Edward is a past recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Award, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for pre-tenure faculty. Alongside research, Edward has been active in administration, serving as Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (2011–2013) and Associate Director of the School of Computer Science at Waterloo (2013–2015).

M. Tamer Özsu

photo of Professor M. Tamer ÖzsuM. Tamer Özsu is a University Professor at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. He was the Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science from January 2007 to June 2010 and the Associate Dean of Research of the Faculty of Mathematics from January 2014 to June 2016.

His research is in data management focusing on large-scale data distribution and management of non-traditional data currently focusing on graph and RDF data. His publications include the book Principles of Distributed Database Systems (with Patrick Valduriez), which is now in its third edition. He has also edited, with Ling Liu, the Encyclopedia of Database Systems. He was the Founding Series Editor of Synthesis Lectures on Data Management (Morgan & Claypool), and is now the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Books. He serves on the editorial boards of three journals, and two book Series.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an elected member of the Science Academy (Turkey), and a member of Sigma Xi. He was awarded the ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award in 2015, ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award in 2008 and the Ohio State University College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008.


Urs Hengartner

photo of Professoe Urs Hengarter

Urs Hengartner is a member of the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research group, the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research and the Systems and Networking Group.

He has a PhD and MS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Dipl. Informatik-Ing. ETH from ETH Zürich.

His research interests are in information privacy and computer and network security with a focus on security and privacy challenges that arise in the context of smartphones and mobile applications. Urs and his students develop privacy-preserving technologies for location-based services and mobile applications to protect users from having to share their personal information with service and application providers.

Urs and his students also study implicit authentication for smartphones, where a smartphone continuously authenticates its owner based on the owner's behaviour without requiring deliberate actions by the owner. He has also worked on privacy-preserving location verification technologies, genomic privacy, and end-to-end voter-verifiable voting systems.

​Bernard Wong

photo of Barnard Wong

Bernard Wong is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. He is a member of the Systems and Networking research group. nificantly increase the throughput of Netflix streaming servers. Tim has also worked with other companies, including Alias|Wavefront, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Real Networks, Sun Microsystems, and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Tim’s research focuses mainly on understanding and improving the performance of computer systems and networks. This has led to a research career where he has published papers in a wide range of venues covering a variety of topics, including high-performance Internet systems and services, operating systems, parallel and distributed systems, garbage collection, and networking. Recent research projects include understanding and improving HTTP streaming video services, characterizing and improving 802.11 (Wi-Fi) networks, and developing systems to better support the Internet of Things. Tim was a nominee for the 3M Outstanding Canadian Instructor Award in 1998, was awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in 2012 and a Cheriton Faculty Fellowship in 2016.

Previous Cheriton Faculty Fellows

Cheriton Faculty Fellows Year
Tim Brecht, Charles Clarke 2016–19
Dan Brown, Pascal Poupart 2015–18
Michael Godfrey, Jesse Hoey 2014–17
Tamer Öszu, Ihab Ilyas 2013–16 
Raouf Boutaba, Kate Larson 2012–15 
Gladimir Baranoski, Peter Forsyth 2011–14     
Robin Cohen, Alejandro Lopez-Ortiz 2010–13
Ken Salem, John Watrous 2009–12  
Charles Clarke, Yuying Li 2008–11 
 Frank Tompa, Raouf Boutaba 2007–10