The 2011 Derick Wood Graduate Scholarship has been awarded to Jakub Truszkowski, a student at the Cheriton School of Computer Science since 2008. Jakub designs fast algorithms for building evolutionary trees from DNA sequences. This problem is one of the oldest computational biology problems, as evolution is the core of modern biology. The two methods that Jakub has developed with his advisor, Professor Dan Brown, focus on speed and on algorithmic simplicity.
Professor Raouf Boutaba has been named a Fellow of the IEEE, "for contributions to automated network and service management methodologies and applications." IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious designation.
Staff who have worked at the University of Waterloo for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or more years will be recognized at a reception this November. The School congratulates: Daniel Allen, Philippe Beldowski, Caroline Kierstead, Jessica Miranda, Debbie Mustin, Omar Nafees, Suzana Pinto, Wendy Rush, Ian Turner and Michelle Wagler for reaching an anniversary milestone. Collectively, they have worked 150 years at Waterloo.
Fields Institute Workshop on Hybrid Methodologies for Symbolic-Numeric Computation will be held at University of Waterloo on November 16-19 in DC1302. With more than 25 speakers from the numeric and symbolic research communities, this Fields Institute Workshop will focus on the synthesis of symbolic and numeric techniques for algebraic problems and their applications to control theory, industrial modelling, dynamical systems, and other related topics. Registration is free so plan to attend any talk.