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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Undergrad CS student Natasha Rozario uses machine learning to optimize operating room efficiency

photo of Natasha Rozario

On March 17, 2020, Queen’s Park declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to protect the health and safety of individuals and families in Ontario. Among the measures was the cancellation of elective procedures — surgeries scheduled sometimes months in advance — to create capacity for hospitals in case they experienced a massive surge in COVID-19 patients.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

In memory of our colleague, Professor Emeritus (Richard) Bruce Simpson, 1940–2020

photo of Professor Emeritus Bruce Simpson

Computer Science Professor Emeritus Bruce Simpson of Waterloo, Ontario, passed away on December 11, 2020 at Freeport Hospital in Kitchener. Bruce had been living with Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia for several years.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

PhD candidate Sangho Suh uses comic strips to teach coding

photo of Sangho Suh as a comic strip

Cheriton School of Computer Science PhD candidate Sangho Suh and his colleagues have found a way to use comic strips to teach coding to novice learners.

Coding strips use comics to present programming concepts in a more accessible way. They chose comics because it is a medium well known for its ability to explain complicated concepts and processes effectively through visual storytelling.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Cheriton computer science students reimagine the hockey fan experience

Rogers Communications Sportsnet Concept Hockey Hack logo

With COVID-19 preventing hockey fans from watching games in person this year, the University of Waterloo, Rogers Communications, and Sportsnet are seeking new ways to enhance the experience of watching hockey from home. They recently partnered to host the Sportsnet Hockey Hack, a virtual hackathon that challenged Waterloo students to design applications using 5G technology to deepen and enrich fan engagement.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cheriton computer scientists create a Nifty solution to a catastrophic network fault

an illustration depicting a partial network partition

Partial network partitions are a peculiar type of network fault that disrupts communication between some but not all nodes in a computer cluster. And for what has recently been found to be a surprisingly catastrophic source of computer system failures, partial network partitions have not been studied comprehensively by computer scientists or network administrators.

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