Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cheriton computer scientists create a Nifty solution to a catastrophic network fault

an illustration depicting a partial network partition

Partial network partitions are a peculiar type of network fault that disrupts communication between some but not all nodes in a computer cluster. And for what has recently been found to be a surprisingly catastrophic source of computer system failures, partial network partitions have not been studied comprehensively by computer scientists or network administrators.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Shalev Ben-David and Eric Blais receive a prestigious best paper award at FOCS 2020 for their work that extends Yao’s minimax theorem

photo of Professors Shalev Ben-David and Eric Blais

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Shalev Ben-David and Eric Blais have received a prestigious best paper award at FOCS 2020, the 61st Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science. FOCS and its counterpart — the Symposium on Theory of Computing — are the top international meetings in theoretical computer science.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Sergey Gorbunov raises $3.75 million USD for Axelar, his blockchain start-up

Axelar, a decentralized network that connects application builders with blockchain ecosystems, applications and users, has raised $3.75 million USD in seed funding from Silicon Valley investors, including DCVC, a San Francisco–based venture capital firm specializing in deep tech, and notable blockchain companies and investors such as Binance X, Lemniscap, Collab+Currency, North Island Ventures, Divergence Ventures, Cygni Labs, and others.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Professor N. Asokan receives best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Computers

Photo of Jian Liu, Wenting Li, Ghassan Karame and N Asokan

A paper coauthored by Professor and Cheriton Chair N. Asokan has received the 2019 Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Computers by the IEEE Computer Society Publications Board.

Monday, November 16, 2020

mmTag, toward a battery-free 5G networking device

photo of postdoc researcher Mohammad Mazaheri and master’s student Alex Chen

The main difference between current wireless networks and 5G networks comes down to two words — speed and latency.

5G networks are expected to be up to 100 times faster than current networks. And at that speed, 5G drastically cuts latency when connecting to the network, the lag between instructing a computer to perform a task and its execution. One thing we know with certainty — by delivering mountains of data at warp speed wirelessly, the impact of 5G will be enormous and it will be felt across all sectors of society.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Strong showing at virtual Waterloo-local ICPC-style programming contest

Waterloo-local ICPC-style programming contest

The International Collegiate Programming Contest is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university-level algorithmic programming contest in the world. Each year, more than 50,000 students from some 100 countries compete in regional competitions to earn a spot at the world finals.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Intrinsic plasticity improves learning in deep neural networks and provides a plausible explanation of how brains operate at a local neuronal level

photo of Nolan Shaw and Professor Jeff Orchard

Fascinating research that lies between neuroscience and artificial intelligence

Artificial neural networks have come to dominate the field of artificial intelligence. From self-driving cars to devices that recognize handwriting to interactive chatbots to astonishingly accurate online translators, artificial neural networks lie at the core of a staggering array recent AI developments.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Nashid Shahriar receives 2020 Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program

photo of Nashid Shahriar and Raouf Boutaba

Nashid Shahriar has received the 2020 Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program. He was a PhD student in the Systems and Networking group from May 2014 to July 2020, working under the supervision of Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Cheriton School of Computer Science top CS program in Canada

photo of the Cheriton School of Computer Science

Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science has placed first in Canada, according to Maclean’s 2021 university rankings.

Based on program reputation, computer science at Waterloo shared the podium for first with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, and based on research reputation, the Cheriton School tied for first with the University of Toronto.

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