News archive - November 2021

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

photo of University Professor J. Ian Munro

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

photo of Professor Farhad Mavaddat

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.

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