Thursday, February 1, 2024

Global Futures: Using technology to help humans flourish

photo of Professor Edith Law

Edith Law is a Professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, where she co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Her research delves into social computing technology, machine intelligence interactions, and the design and user experience of technology that upholds important human values.

Professor Law explains how we can harness the power of new technologies ethically for the betterment of humanity.

Opinion by Professor Law

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Global Futures: University Professor Ming Li and his team use deep learning to develop personalized cancer vaccines

Photo of University Professor Mong Li

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 230,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year.  

University Professor Ming Li, the Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics, is using deep learning technology to make personalized cancer vaccines accessible to everyone. He began doing cancer research when his wife, Jessie W. H. Zou, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she died in 2010, her legacy continues in his research. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

DeepThInk: An AI brush that empowers art therapy patients

image of art being created on a tablet

Researchers have created a new AI-assisted digital art tool designed to help art therapy patients better express themselves while maintaining the efficacy of the process.

The tool, dubbed DeepThInk, was designed by researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Southern University of Science and Technology in collaboration with art therapists. DeepThInk grew out of the challenges the therapists faced when the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to conduct their work virtually.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Meet Professor Shlomi Steinberg, a computer scientist who studies ray and wave optics, light transport and rendering

photo of Professor Shlomi Steinberg

Professor Shlomi Steinberg has a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While pursuing his doctoral degree he was a recipient of an NVIDIA PhD fellowship. He received his MSc in mathematics and computer science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel under the supervision of Professor David Harel. His master’s research centred on efficient execution and distribution of formally verifiable software paradigms.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Shai Ben-David, Ian Goldberg named 2023 ACM Fellows

photo of Professors Shai Ben-David, Ian Goldberg

Professors Shai Ben-David and Ian Goldberg have been named 2023 ACM Fellows. The Association for Computing Machinery is recognizing Professor Ben-David for his contributions to and research leadership in machine learning theory, and Professor Goldberg for his contributions to the development and deployment of privacy enhancing technologies.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Ming Li receives 2024 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award

photo of University Professor Ming Li

University Professor Ming Li is the 2024 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award, a prestigious honour conferred for his pioneering and enduring contributions to modern information theory and bioinformatics.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Cheriton School of Computer Science students receive 2024 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards

composite photo of Matthew Yang, Ruidi Wei, Jiawen Zhu, Alex Zhuang

Four students at the Cheriton School of Computer Science are recipients of the Computing Research Association’s 2024 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards. The annual CRA awards program recognizes students from universities across North America who have distinguished themselves by conducting exceptional computer science research as undergrads.

This year, Matthew Yang was a finalist, and Ruidi Wei, Jiawen Zhu and Alex Zhuang each received honourable mentions for their research.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Daniel Vogel named 2023 ACM Distinguished Member

photo of Professor Daniel Vogel

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Professor Daniel Vogel a Distinguished Member for his fundamental contributions to human-computer interaction and applications of novel forms of interaction. He is among 52 individuals recognized internationally by ACM for their outstanding scientific contributions to computing.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Microbial organisms living in extreme environments have similar genomic signatures even though they are unrelated

photo of Professor Lila Kari, PhD student Pablo Millán Arias

Extremophiles are species that are adapted to live at the edges of biological tolerance, in a range of environments that seem inhospitable to life by human standards. These extremely hardy organisms are found in all three domains and all six kingdoms of life, the highest and second highest levels of classification biologists use to categorize living things based on common ancestry.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

For milk pasteurization start-up Safi, 2023 changed everything

photo of Miraal Kabir, Martin Turuta and local dairy farmers

For Safi, a milk pasteurization start-up, 2023 was the year their dreams became reality.

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