Friday, July 31, 2020

Elevating haptics: A touchless elevator concept proposes an accessibility-driven solution to slowing the spread of COVID-19

photo of Tanay Singhal and Mahika Phutane

By Marisa Benjamin, Research Communications Officer, The Games Institute

Motivated by previous research that found that elevator buttons are a huge source of contamination, a new study co-authored by a Cheriton School of Computer Science student presents a touchless elevator concept to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

One-stop collection and analysis with Archive-It and the Archives Unleashed Project

photo of Ian Milligan, Jimmy Lin, Nick Ruest and Jefferson Bailey

Suppose you’re an archivist, librarian, or historian who’s trying to document and preserve for posterity a narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic or the ongoing Black Lives Matters protests. You’ll naturally be gathering documents from the web, and with tools available today it won’t be difficult to accumulate thousands or even millions of relevant records. How can you make sure that a scholar down the road can actually use the material that you’ve collected?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Rapid Novor, cofounded by Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Bin Ma, secures $5-million USD to decode antibodies for potential treatments for COVID-19 and other illnesses

photo of Professor Bin Ma

A world-leading University of Waterloo spinoff company, that decodes blood samples for potential treatments for illnesses like cancer and COVID-19, is expanding operations with the help of a $5-million USD investment.

Bin Ma, a University of Waterloo computer science professor who cofounded Rapid Novor in 2015, says the company’s technology is the most advanced in the world when it comes to deciphering the complex workings of antibody proteins, a process called sequencing.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Cheriton faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students win four awards at ICSE 2020

composite photo of ICSE 2020 awardees

Cheriton School of Computer Science professors, and graduate and undergraduate students won four awards at ICSE 2020, the 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

In Memoriam • Professor John Cabeen Beatty

John Beatty and his poodle Sparky walking on the beach at Gabriola Island

John Cabeen Beatty III (November 27, 1947 – July 2, 2020)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Raouf Boutaba becomes next Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science

photo of Professor Raouf Boutaba

Professor Raouf Boutaba will become the eighth Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, a four-year appointment that begins on July 1, 2020.

He brings to this leadership position 21 years of experience at the University of Waterloo that spans excellence in research, teaching, mentorship and service in both the Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Don’t be too quick to trust information on social media accounts named after a crisis like COVID-19

photo of Apoorva Chauhan

A new study, led by Apoorva Chauhan, a postdoctoral researcher at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, found that in evaluating the trustworthiness of social media accounts named after crisis events, people sometimes pay attention to the page’s profile picture, name, the number of followers it has, and spelling and grammatical errors.

“Some of these things can be easily spoofed,” said Dr. Chauhan. “People need to think beyond things that can be easily manipulated and look at the authenticity of the source of information.”

Monday, June 22, 2020

Six Cheriton School of Computer Science faculty members receive Outstanding Performance Awards

Photo of Edward Lank, Kate Larson, Ondrej Lhoták, M. Tamer Özsu, Peter van Beek and Troy Vasiga

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Edward Lank, Kate Larson, Ondřej Lhoták, M. Tamer Özsu, Peter van Beek and Troy Vasiga have each received a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award. Established in 2005, these awards recognize University of Waterloo faculty members for their outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarship and service.

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