Monday, December 6, 2021

Former CS student Vitalik Buterin named in Forbes ‘30 under 30 hall of fame’

photo of Vitalik Buterin

Former computer science student Vitalik Buterin, founder of the cryptocurrency Etherium, has been named in the recent Forbes ‘30 under 30 hall of fame.’

On this tenth anniversary of the Forbes 30 under 30 lists, the publication included a best of the best from the past ten years, noting those who had been named the most times or consistently in the lists.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Professor Ihab Ilyas named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

photo of Professor Ihab Ilyas

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Ihab Ilyas has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his contributions to data integration, data cleaning and rank-aware query processing.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

University Professor Ian Munro’s Golden Jubilee — 50 years at the University of Waterloo

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Ian Munro joined the University of Waterloo as a faculty member 50 years ago this fall, just before defending his PhD thesis at the University of Toronto. 

Monday, November 15, 2021

In memory of our friend and colleague, Professor Farhad Mavaddat, 1941–2021

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We are saddened to announce that our colleague and friend Farhad Mavaddat, retired Professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2021 at the age of 80. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

AfriBERTa brings the power of natural language processing to African languages

photo of Kelechi Ogueji in the Davis Centre

Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science have developed a data-efficient pretrained transformed-based neural language model to analyze 11 African languages. Their new neural network model, which they have dubbed AfriBERTa, is based on BERT — Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers — a deep learning technique for natural language processing developed in 2018 by Google. 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Computer science PhD student and pro squash player Cameron Seth sparks entrepreneurship with SethSquash platform

photo of Cameron Seth playing squash

As a graduate student in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, Cameron Seth studies graph theory algorithms and complexity theory. As an athlete, he is among the top Canadian men’s squash players. He has been playing on the international professional tour since 2015, and during his undergrad, Cameron was a mainstay on the University of Waterloo varsity team.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Company co-founded by Cheriton School of Computer Science alums attracts $37-million CAD financing round

photo of Griffin Keglevich, Ruslan Nikolaev and Rob Khazzam

A company founded by two University of Waterloo graduates is on track to become a giant in the Canadian business-to-business credit card market.

Float, which was co-founded by Cheriton School of Computer Science alums Griffin Keglevich and Ruslan Nikolaev, recently brought in a whopping $37 million CAD in new investments.

The company’s third co-founder and current CEO, Rob Khazzam, who joined Float in March 2021, brings a wealth of experience in business and finance, having previously worked for Uber and various venture capital advisory firms.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Computer scientists developing method to identify disease biomarkers with high accuracy

photo of Fatema Tuz Zohora

Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science are incorporating a deep learning network into a more accurate method to identify disease biomarkers. The new method achieves up to 98 per cent detection of peptide features in a dataset. That means scientists and medical practitioners have a greater chance of discovering possible diseases through tissue sample analysis.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Can we reach consensus on how AI will be used, regulated and interwoven into society?

photo of Research Professor Maura R. Grossman

Maura R. Grossman, JD, PhD, is a Research Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, and an affiliate faculty member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. She is also Principal at Maura Grossman Law, an eDiscovery law and consulting firm in Buffalo, New York.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Shihab Chowdhury awarded 2021 Alumni Gold Medal

photo of Shihab Chowdhury and Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science

Shihabur R. Chowdhury has received the 2021 Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program. Conferred by Alumni Relations, the prestigious institutional award, which consists of an individually crafted 24-carat gold-plated medal embossed with the university’s seal on the front, has honoured top graduating students at convocation since 1970. 

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