Friday, September 17, 2021

Hack the North 2021: Tapping into tech and gaining valuable skills along the way

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Most students develop an interest in technology and programming long before they begin their post-secondary education.

The path to becoming a developer, analyst or software engineer does not usually start in a computer science course at university, but in the opportunities available to students outside the classroom. One such opportunity is Hack the North — the annual hackathon sponsored by the Faculties of Mathematics and Engineering — taking place this weekend from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Four computer science and two software engineering students named 2021 Schulich Leaders

photo of Saptarshi Bhattacherya, Alicia Bremer, Andrew Dong, Heidi Hon, Kushal Mujral and Eric Pei

The Cheriton School of Computer Science welcomes Saptarshi Bhattacherya, Alicia Bremer, Andrew Dong, Heidi Hon, Kushal Mujral and Eric Pei — six outstanding first-year students who have distinguished themselves academically as recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Creating new search systems to limit COVID-19 misinformation

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Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science are working on new systems that increase the correctness and reliability of health-related searches.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Understanding surveillance and privacy from multiple perspectives

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It’s no secret that our everyday technologies gather personal data. But these increasingly entrenched conveniences, from Internet of Things–enabled smart TVs to online voting systems to crowdfunding platforms, can also perform harmful surveillance.

Knowing how tools track user behaviour and collect personal information is important. Understanding their implications for social inequality within Canada and globally is perhaps even more pressing. What’s more, the challenge demands multiple areas of expertise.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Have you really deleted your personal data from your device when you dispose of it?

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Scarcely a year goes by without smartphone, tablet and computer manufacturers releasing yet another new model. And this never-ending stream of improved digital products means that older devices are often disposed of, whether relegated to a junk drawer or traded-in, recycled, sold or donated to others. But when you dispose of a device, are you certain you’ve securely deleted all of your personal data?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

University Professor M. Tamer Özsu receives 2022 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

photo of University Professor M. Tamer Özsu

University Professor M. Tamer Özsu has received the 2022 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award, an honour conferred for significant technological achievements and contributions that establish, develop and proliferate innovative societal infrastructure systems through the application of information technology with an emphasis on distributed computing systems.

Monday, August 23, 2021

James Wesley (Wes) Graham, the father of computing at the University of Waterloo

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With exceptional leadership in the field of computer science and his dedication to making computers accessible to a wider audience, James Wesley (Wes) Graham (1932–1999) was known as the “Father of Computing” at the University of Waterloo. Serving as early director of the University of Waterloo’s Computing Centre, Wes had an active role in shaping computer science education worldwide. His experience teaching at Waterloo inspired the creation of software to support education.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Team with Waterloo links among winners at Technovation Girls global tech competition

photo of Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley

A regional team linked with the University of Waterloo was named among the winners of the global Technovation Girls app development competition.

Aiuto Solutions was awarded the first-ever COVID Economic Recovery prize, recognizing their work to develop an app to connect donors and charities. The app provides a means of forging stronger relationships in the not-for-profit and NGO sectors. The name Aiuto means ‘help’ in Italian. 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Leili Rafiee Sevyeri receives 2021 ACA Early Researcher Award

photo of Leili Rafiee Sevyeri

Leili Rafiee Sevyeri, a postdoctoral researcher at the Cheriton School of Computer Science’s Symbolic Computation Group, is one of four recipients of the Applications of Computer Algebra Early Researcher Award.

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