Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Professor Florian Kerschbaum recognized by ACM as 2019 Distinguished Member

photo of Florian Kerschbaum

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Professor Florian Kerschbaum a Distinguished Member. He joins 62 individuals globally who have received this prestigious recognition in 2019 for outstanding scientific contributions.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In memoriam: Distinguished Professor Emeritus Janusz (John) A. Brzozowski

photo of Janusz (John) Brzozowski

Janusz (John) A. Brzozowski, a pioneer of Canadian computing and a Professor of Computer Science at the University Waterloo for more than five decades, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Lisaard House after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Vic DiCiccio named honorary member of the University of Waterloo

photo of Vic DiCiccio, his son Paul and daughters Laura and Jess at his retirement party

Vic DiCiccio has been designated an Honorary Member of the University of Waterloo at the 2019 Fall Convocation for his outstanding service to the University.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Meet Chengnian Sun, a professor with research interests in software engineering and programming languages

photo of Professor Chengnian Sun

Chengnian Sun recently joined the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in software engineering and programming languages. His work focuses on techniques, tools and methodologies for improving software quality and developers’ productivity. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

PhD student Alex Williams leads research on new tool that lets programmers pick up work on mobile devices

photo of Alex Williams

Researchers have developed a powerful new tool that allows programmers to engage with work on their mobile devices to help make productive use of time away from their workplace.

In a new study done in collaboration with Microsoft Research, the team of researchers created a prototype tool called Mercury that lets programmers continue working on their mobile devices if they need to leave their desk to pick up when they return to their workstation. Currently, programmers often spend a substantial amount of time at their primary workstation to make productive use of their workdays.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Researchers create 'player trait model' allowing for personalized games

photo of Lennart Nacke, Karina Arrambide, Gustavo Tondello and Andrew Cen

University of Waterloo researchers have developed a novel tool that will allow user-experience designers to create more effective, personalized games and marketing campaigns.

Unlike other tools that categorize gamers by types, the new “player traits model,” along with a 25-item survey, can be used to more easily and accurately evaluate the kind of games people will enjoy. The model is based on five traits — social, aesthetic, challenge, goal and narrative.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster winners

2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster session

Each year, the Cheriton Research Symposium concludes with a poster session for Cheriton Graduate Scholarship recipients. In total, 23 students participated in the 2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster competition.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Second-year CS student Anne Chung and her teammate Lena Nguyen win privacy-themed Citizen Hacks competition

photo of Lena Nguyen and Anne Chung

A pair of second-year University of Waterloo students shared the top prize at the inaugural Citizen Hacks, a recent hackathon focused on creating technology to protect privacy.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Florian Kerschbaum comments on City of Stratford’s ransomware attack

photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

On April 14, 2019, hackers targeted Stratford City Hall with a ransomware attack, which led to several crucial servers becoming unresponsive and unavailable. The attacker had installed malware on six of the city’s physical servers and on two virtual servers, then encrypted all systems so staff could not access information. The attack affected the city’s email system and online forms.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel named 2019–2022 Cheriton Faculty Fellows

photo of Professors Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel

Professors Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel have been named 2019 David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellows, positions they will hold until 2022. These prestigious three-year fellowships support the work of leading faculty members in the Cheriton School of Computer Science and are made possible through the David R.

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