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.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Computer science student Jameson Weng awarded Governor General’s Silver Medal

photo of Jameson Weng

Computer science graduate Jameson Weng has been awarded a Governor General’s Silver Medal, a prestigious national recognition of undergraduate students who have attained the highest academic standing during their degrees.

In Jameson’s case, that distinction was an average of 97 percent across his undergraduate courses.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Waterloo-based AI start-up Inductiv acquired by Apple

photo of Ihab Ilyas

Waterloo-based Inductiv Inc., an AI start-up that uses machine learning to automate the task of identifying and correcting errors in data, has been bought by tech giant Apple.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Maura R. Grossman receives 2020 Faculty Teaching Award from Osgoode Hall Law School

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Cheriton School of Computer Science Research Professor Maura R. Grossman was one of eight recipients of a Faculty Teaching or Service Award from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

Friday, May 29, 2020

WiCS receives $90,000 from NSERC to develop technology entrepreneurship programs for girls and young women

photo of a WiCS educational program for girls

Women in Computer Science has received $90,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s PromoScience Program to establish Girls Mean Business. This new WiCS outreach program will encourage girls and young women in grades 6 to 12 to explore technology and to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Calculating the future of COVID-19

Professor Ali Abedi, Gunesh Pinar, Ku Young Shin and Xiaoyu Wu

A group of computer science students are applying big data practices to predicting the end of COVID-19 cases in Canada. Their findings? October 15, 2020.

Faced with this unprecedented situation of pivoting to online learning, many of Waterloo’s instructors wanted to get their students involved in research around COVID-19.

One such instructor is Cheriton School of Computer Science’s Ali Abedi, who teaches two big data courses — Data Intensive Distributed Computing (CS451) and Data Intensive Distributed Analytics (CS431).

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Four master’s students receive Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence

photo of Solaiappan Alagappa, Daniel Herman, Wanxin Li and Blake VanBerlo

Solaiappan Alagappan, Daniel Herman, Wanxin Li and Blake VanBerlo have each received a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. Valued at $17,500, these prestigious graduate scholarships recognize exceptional students and support their studies in top artificial intelligence–related master’s program in Ontario.

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