News archive - April 2023

Friday, April 28, 2023

Strengthening Canada-France research collaboration: MOU marks new horizon for Waterloo research partnerships with France

photo of the University of Waterloo–France delegation

A long-term collaboration with academic partners across France has culminated in a memorandum of understanding between the University of Waterloo and Inria — France’s National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Gautam Kamath among eight Canada CIFAR AI Chairs, named Vector Institute Faculty Member

photo of Professor Gautam Kamath in the Davis Centre

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Gautam Kamath has been named a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and a Vector Institute Faculty Member in recognition of his contributions to differential privacy, machine learning and statistics. He is among eight outstanding researchers in the latest cohort of Canada CIFAR AI Chairs to receive this prestigious national recognition. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

In memory of computer science pioneer Paul Dirksen, 1939–2023

portraits of Paul Dirksen

Paul Dirksen, a pioneer computer scientist at the University of Waterloo, passed away on April 8, 2023. He was 83.

Paul was born on November 16, 1939 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to German Mennonite immigrants, and grew up in Waterloo. He was one of the first students at the University of Waterloo, graduating with a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics in 1963 and an M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1964. Paul’s professors and mentors Ralph Stanton and Wes Graham encouraged him to pursue a career teaching computer science at Waterloo, leading to a decades-long career.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Meet Hong Zhang, a professor who develops high-performance, scalable systems for big data and machine learning applications

photo of Professor Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor in 2023. He develops high-performance, scalable systems for big data and machine learning applications. His research advocates an application-oriented design principle for big data and machine learning systems that fully exploit application-specific structures such as communication patterns, execution dependencies, and machine learning model structures to suit application-specific performance demands. 

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Edith Law and her colleagues form Inria Associate Team to develop personalized curious tech to support lifelong learning

photo of Professor Edith Law

Principal investigators Professor Edith Law at the Cheriton School of Computer Science and Professor Hélène Sauzéon at Université de Bordeaux have been funded to create an Associate Team at Inria, France’s National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology. Inria’s Associate Team program supports bilateral scientific collaborations and promotes and strengthens the institute’s strategic partnerships with leading researchers abroad.

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