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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waterloo programmers top the competition, earn spot in International Collegiate Programming Competition World Finals

International Collegiate Programming Competition East Central NA

Four teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo swept the top spots at an Association for Computing Machinery regional International Collegiate Programming Competition over the weekend. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Research Professor Maura Grossman member of panel discussing responsible AI

photo of Maura Grossman

The following is excerpted from an article by Craig Daniels, published in Communitech News on November 8, 2018

Governments, educators and private companies all must act quickly to rein in the biases and excesses of autonomous systems driven by powerful artificial intelligence, a lunchtime symposium at CIGI heard Wednesday. The price of not acting is an existential threat to the fabric of human society.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ali Abedi and Mohammad Mazaheri win first prize at ACM MobiCom 2018

photo of Professor Omid Abari , Mohammad Mazaheri and Ali Abedi

Ali Abedi and Mohammad Mazaheri won first place at the ACM Student Research Competition at MobiCom 2018, the 24thACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Smart hacks to turn tagging devices into Internet-of-Things sensors

Ju Wang and Omid Abari demonstrate the wireless keypad clicker they invented by hacking RFID sensors

We’ve connected billions of devices to the Internet and in the coming years we’ll connect billions more. Many of these Internet of things or IoT devices have sensors in them to detect their environment — from a room’s ambient temperature and light levels to sound and motion. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Interdisciplinary team, led by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Don Cowan, creates new software to support surface water monitoring and modelling

photo of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Don Cowan

Studying how human activities and naturally occurring phenomena have an impact on the environment is critical for effective management. Environmental monitoring and modelling are two fundamental practices to help in understanding, predicting and effectively managing these activities and impacts.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Computer science student Amir-Hossein Karimi wins prestigious Alumni Gold Medal

photo of Amir-Hossein Karimi, Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Statistics and Actuarial Science Professor Ali Ghodsi

This article, by Ariana Mayer in University Relations, originally appeared on the University of Waterloo's home page as a feature.

Amir-Hossein Karimi had already worked as a software engineer at Facebook, BlackBerry and even founded a startup when he realized he wanted to go back to school.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Meet Professors Olga Veksler and Yuri Boykov, two computer vision researchers who recently joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science

photo of Olga Veksler and Yuri Boykov

Professors Olga Veksler and Yuri Boykov joined the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science earlier this year. Previously, both were full professors in the Department of Computer Science at Western University, where they were faculty members for 14 years.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Mike Schaekermann, Joslin Goh, Kate Larson and Edith Law win best paper award at CSCW 18

Mike Schaekermann, Kate Larson and Edith Law win best paper award at CSCW 18

Computer science doctoral student Mike Schaekermann, Dr. Joslin Goh and Schaekermann’s cosupervisors, Professors Kate Larson and Edith Law, have received a best paper award at CSCW 18, the 21stACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The science of binge-watching: Professor Tim Brecht's research helps to make streaming possible without time-lags or interruption

photo of Professor Tim Brecht with Netflix on TV

The following is excerpted from “The science of binge-watching,” a research news article published by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Imagine the year is 1998. Streaming your favourite shows on the Internet is but a pipe dream and you can’t stay informed of current events due to technical problems. Millions of people around the world are trying to access credible news sites at the same time, causing the server to crash. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Virginia first state to use technology-assisted review to classify publicly released Kaine Administration emails

Research Professor Maura Grossman and Professor Gordon Cormack

Technology-assisted review (TAR) — an automated process used to select and prioritize documents for review, pioneered by Research Professor Maura Grossman and Professor Gordon Cormack — was used for the first time by a state archive to classify emails from the administration of former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for release to the public.

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