News archive - March 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

Cheriton School of Computer Science students among winners at Concept $5K Finals

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Computer science students were among the finalists at Concept’s $5K pitch competition, an event held live but virtually on March 26, 2021.

Concept is Velocity’s experiential entrepreneurship and pre-incubator program at the University of Waterloo. Acting as a resource to students interested in entrepreneurship, Concept guides them on how to propel their start-up through programs, coaching and grant-funding opportunities.  

Friday, March 19, 2021

Mei Nagappan receives 2020 Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award

photo of Professor Mei Nagappan

Professor Mei Nagappan has received a 2020 Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award from CS-Can/Info-Can, the nation’s professional society dedicated to representing computer science and the interests of the discipline to Canadians. He is the ninth faculty member at the Cheriton School of Computer Science to receive this prestigious award. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

CrySP master's student Lindsey Tulloch makes the digital world a better place

photo of Lindsey Tulloch

Before landing in Waterloo, Lindsey Tulloch’s drive to make the world a better place took her around the globe, from tackling environmental sustainability initiatives in India to training teachers in Nigeria. When she returned, she was inspired to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer science from Brock University. “My experience abroad definitely shaped my thinking and perspective,” she said.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Simeon Krastnikov receives prestigious 2021 Huawei Prize for Best Research Paper

image depicting efficient oblivious database joins in the cloud

Recent master’s graduate Simeon Krastnikov has received one of two 2021 Huawei Prizes for Best Research Paper by a Mathematics Graduate Student. The prestigious annual award comes with a prize of $4,000 and is conferred to recognize exceptional papers that present original results with the potential to make a significant and lasting impact in the field. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Using machine learning to develop personalized cancer vaccines

photo of University Professor Ming Li and Dr. Hieu Tran

Our bodies are made of trillions of cells that form tissues and organs. The genes inside the nucleus of each cell code for proteins that determine a cell’s structure and function, as well as instruct a cell when to grow, divide and die. Normally, our cells follow these instructions, but if a cell’s DNA mutates it can cause the cell to divide and grow out of control. Cancer is fundamentally a disease of uncontrolled cell growth and regulation, and all cancers ultimately are caused by mutations to the genes that regulate cell division, growth and differentiation.

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