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Although the University of Waterloo is closed for in-person events until further notice, many virtual events and presentations of interest to computer scientists are taking place each week at the Cheriton School of Computer Science. Please check out what our students and faculty are doing.

Events - 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 10:00 AM EDT

Rina Wehbe, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Why do we care if our teammates are not human? This study seeks to uncover whether or not the perception of other players as human or artificial entities can influence player experience. We use both deception and a between-participants blind study design to reduce bias in our experiment. 

Monday, March 19, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Please note: This seminar has been cancelled

Thomas Steinke, Postdoctoral researcher
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California

As data is being more widely collected and used, privacy and statistical validity are becoming increasingly difficult to protect. Sound solutions are needed, as ad hoc approaches have resulted in several high-profile failures.

Friday, March 16, 2018 — 1:30 PM EDT

Cong Guo, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Consolidation of multiple workloads is cost-effective for system operators. However, it is difficult to determine how to share resources among multiple tenants to achieve both performance isolation and work conservation. The primary shared resource in the server are the CPU cores. We show that current solutions cannot handle CPU sharing very well in various multi-tenancy scenarios.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Kimon Fountoulakis, Postdoctoral fellow and co-PI
University of California at Berkeley and International Computer Science Institute

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 1:00 PM EDT

Michael Abebe, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Cloud storage systems typically choose between replicating or erasure encoding data to provide fault tolerance. Replication ensures that data can be accessed from a single site but incurs a much higher storage overhead, which is a costly downside for large-scale storage systems. Erasure coding has a lower storage requirement but relies on encoding/decoding and distributed data retrieval that can result in increased response times. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Chenyan Xiong, PhD candidate
Carnegie Mellon University

Search engines and other information systems have started to evolve from retrieving documents to providing more intelligent information access. However, the evolution is still in its infancy due to computers’ limited ability in representing and understanding human language. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 10:00 AM EDT

Rina Wehbe, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Designing difficulty levels in platformer games is a challenge for game designers. It is important because design decisions that affect difficulty also directly affect player experience. Consequently, design strategies for balancing game difficulty are discussed by both academics and game designers. 

Monday, March 12, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

James Wright, Postdoctoral researcher
Microsoft Research, New York

Saturday, March 10, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

March Break Open House Schedule

Join us on March 10th to learn more about a variety of programs. Customize your day to check out events specific to your programs of interest, as well as get a taste of what first year will be like. You can find the comprehensive schedule here.    

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

Pedram Ghodsnia, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 1:00 PM EST

Ashvin Goel, Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, University of Toronto

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EST

The HeForShe Mathematics Committee invites you to participate in the celebration of International Women’s Day.

Drop by MC third floor, outside Math C&D for photo opportunities with Professor Stephen M. Watt, Dean of Mathematics, and other Math faculty members to commemorate supporters of the HeForShe campaign.

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or until the cupcakes last!)

Show your commitment and join the movement ... #COUNT ME IN

Free cupcakes for participants.

IMPACT 10x10x10

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 10:30 AM EST

Sangho Lee, Postdoctoral fellow
School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — 11:30 AM EST

Lesley Istead, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

In this talk, we present a method for producing stylized stereoscopic 3D (S3D) line drawings or sketches from S3D photos.

Our method renders contours and silhouettes found in the disparity map and addresses some of the issues that arise when working with 8-bit disparity. Finally, we add shading to our stylized S3D line drawings to improve the perception of depth and surface shape.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — 10:30 AM EST

Ruoyu (Fish) Wang, PhD candidate
SecLab, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Monday, March 5, 2018 — 10:30 AM EST

Trevor Brown, Postdoctoral fellow
Institute of Science and Technology, Austria

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

Peter Berg and David O’Keefe

St. Jerome’s University, Vanstone Lecture Hall

Thursday, February 15, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

We are looking to capture your stories, anecdotes and notes to develop three computing displays — 

  • Slide rules and analogue computer display
  • Teaching and computing display
  • Computing research and spin-offs

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 12, 2018 — 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Upper-year computer science students are invited to an information session to learn more about fourth-year and optional third-year courses.

Saturday, January 6, 2018 — 9:00 AM to Sunday, January 7, 2018 — 4:00 PM EST
header showing the StarCon logo

What is StarCon?

StarCon is a two-day software engineering conference held in Waterloo, Ontario. Join us for two days of lightning talks about technology, computer science, programming, and the joy of learning about them!

StarCon 2018 Call for Proposals

StarCon has issued a call for proposals! We’re looking for folks who have a passion for technology, learning and sharing to submit talks about their favourite piece(s) of technology.


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