Women were the first computers — the people who performed complex mathematical calculations with pencil and chalk — and later, as the field of computer science emerged, they were the first programmers.
Professor Srinivasan Keshav has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an honour bestowed to IEEE members who have made significant contributions to the profession.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality, the protections the Obama administration put in place on the Internet two years ago. For those that live in the United States, this decision would allow Internet service providers to block or throttle access to content and services, ending a long-time principle that all web traffic must be treated equally.
What does the repeal of net neutrality mean for Canadians? Unlike the United States, Canada has strong protections for net neutrality and support for the rules enjoy broad political support.
M. Tamer Özsu, a professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and a founding member of its Data Systems group, has studied database systems for decades. In fact, his fascination with computer systems that allow users to organize, extract and analyze data began before formal database systems existed.
The Association for Computing Machinery has named David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Troy Vasiga an ACM Senior Member. Initiated in 2006, the ACM Senior Member program recognizes individuals with at least 10 years of professional experience in the Association who have demonstrated performance through technical leadership, and technical or professional contributions.
Teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo took the top spots at the 2017 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing conference’s programming challenge. The contest began with an online qualifying round held over October 6 to 8, 2017, in which 345 teams registered, of which 71 were official teams of female students from a Canadian university.
The Association for Computing Machinery has named David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Ian Goldberg and Ken Salem among 43 new ACM Distinguished Members globally for their outstanding scientific contributions to computing.
The 2017 Distinguished Members are responsible for an extraordinary array of achievements, reflecting many distinct areas of research and practice in the field of computing and information technology.