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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Undergrad CS and SE students among those helping to create platform being used by Montreal to flatten the COVID-19 curve

photo of Surya Krishnan, Yifei Zhang and Ivan Nesterovic, a web-based, data-gathering platform co-developed by ten Waterloo students, is gaining national attention. Launched at the end of March, participating students volunteer their time to help track and monitor COVID-19 outbreaks across the country. The app helps increase awareness and flatten the curve in the spread of COVID-19. The French version of the website,, has been translated by the City of Montreal and promoted to residences there.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Professor Shai Ben-David appointed University Research Chair

photo of Professor Shiar Ben-David

Professor Shai Ben-David has been appointed a University Research Chair in recognition of his outstanding contributions to machine learning theory, logic, the theory of distributed computation and complexity theory. This prestigious title may be held for up to seven years and is conferred to recognize the exceptional achievements of Waterloo faculty members and to acknowledge their pre-eminence in a field of knowledge.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wes Graham, father of computing at Waterloo, receives 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously from CS-Can/Info-Can

photo of Wes Graham beside an IBM 360/75

In 1967, Canadians celebrated the country’s 100th birthday and the future seemed full of hope and boundless potential. But at the University of Waterloo the future had already arrived in the newly built Math and Computer building’s Red Room. It was there that an IBM 360 Model 75 was housed — the most powerful computer in the Canada at the time and the same model NASA used to do the critical calculations to send astronauts to the moon.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New AI-powered search engine makes it easier to find information in the fight against COVID-19

photo of SARS-cov-2

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Jimmy Lin has spearheaded the creation of a dedicated search engine for those who are engaged in the fight against COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Calculating the future

photo of Faire CTO Marcelo Cortes

With the sweeping arrival of COVID-19, Marcelo Cortes, a former computer science undergraduate student, was quick to realize the devastating impact it could have on small, local businesses.

As chief technology officer and co-founder of Faire, an online wholesale marketplace that helps emerging brands and boutique retailers grow their business, Cortes recognized that more help needed to be offered.  

Monday, April 6, 2020

Florian Kerschbaum receives 2019 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award

photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

Professor Florian Kerschbaum has received a 2019 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award from CS-Can/Info-Can, the nation’s professional society dedicated to representing all aspects of computer science and the interests of the discipline to Canadians.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Applying enterprising ideas from mathematics and computer science to help solve societal and environmental problems

Professor Jesse Hoey in Davis Centre

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Jesse Hoey has had a curious career trajectory.

His academic life began with an undergraduate degree in physics, followed by a master’s in physical oceanography, then a PhD in computer science with specialization in artificial intelligence. He even had a stint working with occupational therapists as part of his postdoctoral studies, where he applied his expertise in AI to develop assistive technologies for people with dementia.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Speaker videos now available from Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy

Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy speakers

Media, government, and industry commonly frame security and privacy as diametrically opposed: protecting one requires sacrificing the other. 

Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy brought together researchers with international speakers from journalism, national security, academia and the corporate world to challenge these misconceptions. A central thread of each of the talks is the design, implementation, and benefits of privacy-enhancing social and technological infrastructures.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Meet Rafael Oliveira, a new faculty member who explores the interplay between algebra, geometry and optimization

photo of Professor Rafael Oliveira

Rafael Oliveira joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science in January 2020 as an assistant professor. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Ming Li and Paul Vitanyi's textbook on Kolmogorov complexity receives a 2020 McGuffey Longevity Award

Professor Ming Li holding  An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications. 

University Professor Ming Li, the Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics, and his colleague Professor Paul Vitányi at Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica in the Netherlands have received one of seven 2020 McGuffey Longevity Awards from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association for An Introduction to Kolmogorov Compl

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