News archive - May 2024

Friday, May 31, 2024

HCI researchers win paper awards at CHI 2024

blue & green gradient background. 4 icons with the winners faces. Upper left & lower right corner are hands clicking on computer

Four computer science students and graduates have received the top honours at the 42nd annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). It took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America, from May 11th to 16th, 2024.  

Organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), CHI is the premier international Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) conference. It is also one of the top-ranked conferences in computer science.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Alum Q&A: Jeff An discusses his startup Momentic, Y Combinator & UWaterloo

Jeff An and his co-founder posing in front of the Y Combinator sign outside YC's office

Cheriton School of Computer Science alumnus Jeff An (BCS ’20) co-founded Momentic: an AI startup accelerating software testing.

Recently, Momentic was chosen for the Y Combinator’s (YC) Winter 2024 cohort, joining 11 other startups founded by the University of Waterloo’s students and alumni.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

New AI-powered tool could curb hate speech

PhD student Liam Hebert presenting his research poster to a computer science professor

A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo has developed a new machine-learning method that detects hate speech on social media platforms with 88 per cent accuracy, saving employees from hundreds of hours of emotionally damaging work.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Waterloo places eighth at 2024 ICPC North America Championship, advances to 48th ICPC World Finals

photo of Wen Yuen Pang, Kevin Wan, Professor Troy Vasiga and Max Jiang

A trio of Waterloo coders will advance to the 48th International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals. 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Alum Q&A: Tower discusses their Y Combinator and UWaterloo experience

Headshot of Tower's co-founders: CEO Adam Dorfman (left) and CTO Andy Zhang (right)

Tower, a startup with unique ties to the University of Waterloo, is revolutionizing the legal space.

Using the power of AI, they are helping in-house counsels triage and handle incoming legal requests automatically. Their company, which was founded in 2024, is further bolstered with recent seed funding from the Y Combinator (YC).

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