News archive - May 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Nicholas Vadivelu receives 2021 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award

abstract image depicting CS research

Nicholas Vadivelu, an undergraduate student majoring in computer science and statistics, has received the 2021 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Established in 2012, this prestigious annual award recognizes excellence in research conducted by an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Mathematics. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mike Schaekermann awarded Canadian Computer Science Distinguished Dissertation Award

photo of PhD graduate Mike Schaekermann

Recent PhD graduate Mike Schaekermann has received the 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award from CS-Can|Info-Can, the non-profit professional society that represents computer scientists and the interests of their discipline across the nation. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Bin Ma appointed University Research Chair

photo of Professor Bin Ma

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Bin Ma has been appointed a University Research Chair to recognize his outstanding contributions to bioinformatics, in particular his development of novel algorithms and software to derive biological information from DNA and proteins.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Four CS master’s students awarded Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence

Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence recipients

Incoming computer science master’s students Alex Bie, Matt Regehr, Xinyu Shi and Yiping Wang have each received a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. Valued at $17,500, these merit-based scholarships help recruit top students into AI-related master’s programs in an Ontario university. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Do humorous teachable virtual agents enhance learning and outcomes?

image depicting Curiosity Notebook’s teaching interface

The research paper on which this feature article is based will be presented on May 12, 2021 at CHI 2021, where it received a best paper honourable mention. 

CHI is the premier international conference on human–computer interaction. Held from May 8 to 13, 2021, the 2021 ACM CHI Virtual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems was originally slated to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

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