Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Steven Feng, Aaron Li and Jesse Hoey develop virtual assistants with personality to help individuals with mental illness

photo of Jesse Hoey, Steven Feng and Aaron Li

Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science have pioneered a new method that could be used to develop more natural automated virtual assistants to help people suffering from mental illness. 

Called SMERTI (pronounced smarty), the new method enables virtual assistants to use natural language and emotional cues that change depending on the relationship and situations in which they are used. The result allows for the development of virtual assistants that better connect with people they are used to help.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Melissa McCorriston receives Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

photo of Melissa McCorriston

Melissa McCorriston has received a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. These $17,500 scholarships recognize promising scholars and researchers in Ontario and support their further studies in a top provincial artificial intelligence–related master’s program.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

mmX, a new millimetre-wave network that can support billions of connected devices

photo of Ali Abedi, Omid Abari Soroush Ameli

More than 75 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices are expected to be online by 2025. These connected devices will bring many new applications to our daily lives — everything from smart thermostats that sense and adjust room temperature independently, to cameras that monitor road congestion so traffic flows more efficiently, to high data rate sensors that will make self-driving cars possible.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Raouf Boutaba and Srinivasan Keshav named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

photo of Raouf Boutaba and Srinivasan Keshav

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Raouf Boutaba and Srinivasan Keshav have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Moojan Ghafurian, Kerstin Dautenhahn and Jesse Hoey awarded funding to develop emotionally intelligent robots to help people with dementia

photo of Kerstin Dautenhahn, Moojan Ghafurian and Jesse Hoey with social robots

Moojan Ghafurian, Graham Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, and Kerstin Dautenhahn, Canada 150 Chair in Intelligent Robotics in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have received a catalyst grant from the University of Waterloo’s Network for Aging Research to d

Friday, August 23, 2019

Jason Amri, first-year CS student, awarded $80k Schulich Leader Scholarship

photo of Jason Amri

Jason Amri, a high school student from Ancaster, Ontario, is making his way to the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science with a prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship, the largest STEM scholarship in Canada for programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New tool makes web browsing easier for the visually impaired

photo of Alexandra Vtyurina with laptop computer in Davis Centre

Researchers have developed a new voice assistant that allows people with visual impairments to get web content as quickly and as effortlessly as possible from smart speakers and similar devices.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

JC Chang, Christopher Batty and Vinicius Azevedo win best poster award at SCA 2019

photo of JC Chang and Professor Christopher Batty

JC Chang, a PhD student at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, his supervisor Professor Christopher Batty and Vinicius Azevedo, a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, have received the best poster award at SCA 2019, the ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Ian Goldberg and colleagues honoured for security research that has stood the test of time

photo of Ian Goldberg

Professor Ian Goldberg, his colleagues David Wagner, Randi Thomas, and former PhD supervisor Eric Brewer have won the 2019 USENIX Security Test of Time Award for their research that also received the Best Paper Award at the Sixth USENIX Security Symposium in 1996.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Researchers use blockchain to drive electric-vehicle infrastructure

photo of Christian Gorenflo, Srinivasan Keshav and Lukasz Golab

Researchers at Waterloos Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Department of Management Science have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

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