Friday, January 11, 2019

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues’ work on machine learning featured as front-page article on Nature

Professor Shai Ben-David and his colleagues Pavel Hrubes, Shay Moran, Amir Shpilka and Amir Yehudayoff have shown that a simple machine learning problem — whether an algorithm can extract a pattern from limited data — is mathematically unsolvable

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Women attorneys in tech: Maura Grossman talks about her work

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The following article, titled “Women Attorneys in Tech: Four Industry Leaders Talk About Their Work,” originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of New York State Bar Association Journal. Grossman, a Research Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, was recently appointed as Director of Women in Computer Science.  

The article, by Mark A. Berman, Editor, New York State Bar Association Journal, showcases four exceptional women attorneys in tech — Shoshanah Bewlay, Gail Gottehrer, Sandra Rampersaud and Maura Grossman.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

App will protect confidential data when crossing borders

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Computer scientists at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science have found a novel method to help travellers protect sensitive information from border control agents.

The system is being developed into an app called “Shatter Secrets” by Erinn Atwater, who is the research director of the not-for-profit Open Privacy, an organization dedicated to understanding, researching and serving the privacy needs of marginalized and highly targeted at-risk communities. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Q&A with Professor Shalev Ben-David

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Professor Shalev Ben-David completed his PhD at MIT in 2017 under the supervision of Scott Aaronson. He joined the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science as a faculty member in the summer of 2018 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland. 

Learn more about his research and where he sees it heading.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Velocity Graduate Student Startup Fund

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Have you considered building a startup from your research?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The elephant in the room: AI tapped to help process a mountain of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s emails

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By Susangray Eakin Page

The following article appeared originally in the fall 2018 issue of Broadside, the Library of Virginia's periodical magazine. It is republished here with the Librarys permission.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

In memoriam: Morven Gentleman

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The following in memoriam appeared originally in the Daily Bulletin on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Former faculty member William Morven Gentleman died on December 13, 2018.

Morven Gentleman joined the University of Waterloo in July 1969 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science (now the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science) and later the Department of Statistics. He was later promoted to Associate Professor.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cheriton School of Computer Science researchers study catastrophic effects network failures have on cloud-computing systems

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Computer clusters power everything from Google and Facebook to online retail and banking. They’re comprised of hundreds or even thousands of machines connected together by networks, typically in a vast data centre. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues win best paper award at NeurIPS 2018

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Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Shai Ben-David, his former PhD student Hassan Ashtiani, now an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, along with colleagues Christopher Liaw, Abbas Mehrabian and Yaniv Plan, have received a best paper award at NeurIPS 2018, the 32ndAnnual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues prove that some problems in statistical machine learning cannot be resolved

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One of the most important results in logic is Kurt Gödel’s work from 1931 that proved that some questions in mathematics cannot be resolved — that mathematics has limits.