News archive - July 2023

Monday, July 31, 2023

Ende Jin, Yizhou Zhang and colleague Nada Amin receive a Distinguished Paper Award at 2023 Programming Language Design and Implementation Conference

photo of  Ende Jin, Yizhou Zhang and Nada Amin

Recent master’s graduate Ende Jin, his advisor Professor Yizhou Zhang, and their Harvard colleague Professor Nada Amin have received a Distinguished Paper Award at PLDI 2023, the 44th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

The promise of watermarking AI content

photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

The recent announcement by a group of major tech companies about watermarking AI-generated content might have been greeted with a sigh of relief by many, but cybersecurity researchers are already suggesting this new approach has several flaws.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Lindsey Tulloch and Ian Goldberg receive Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award at 2023 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium

photo of Lindsey Tulloch and Professor Ian Goldberg

Master’s graduate Lindsey Tulloch and her advisor Professor Ian Goldberg have won one of three Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Awards for “Lox: Protecting the Social Graph in Bridge Distribution.” Their award-winning paper was presented at PETS 2023, the 23rd Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, held this year from July 10–15 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Computer scientists develop a tool to help people use colour better in graphic design

photo of Xinyu Shi and Professor Jian Zhao

A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo, Stony Brook University, and Adobe Research have developed a tool to help people use colour better in graphic design. 

The tool, De-Stijl, uses powerful machine learning technology to suggest intuitive colour palettes for novice designers and inexperienced users. The software combines and improves on the functionalities of existing tools like Figma, Pixlr, and Coolor, allowing users to select important theme colors and quickly visualize how they’ll impact a design.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Peter A. Buhr receives 2023 Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching

photo of Professor Peter A. Buhr in the Davis Centre

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Peter A. Buhr has won a Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching. Each year, up to two awards are conferred to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding pedagogical skills and a deep commitment to education of students.

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