Wednesday, July 24, 2019

IEEE elevates Professor Samer Al-Kiswany to grade of Senior Member

photo of Professor Samer Al-Kiswany

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Samer Al-Kiswany 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 their profession.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Technovation team String Theorists develop award-winning disaster relief app

photo of Ellen Brisley and Leya Oommen

The following excerpt is from “Waterloo students develop award-winning disaster relief app,” an article by Namish Modi published on July 10, 2019 in, the city of Waterloo community website of Metroland West Media.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A strong negative result provides insight to improve RFID sensing systems

photo of Srinivasan Keshav, Liqiong Chang, Ju Wang and Omid Abari

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, those ribbons of metal with a tiny chip, are found in countless objects. From key fobs and payment cards to library books and inventory in a factory, these embedded inexpensive tags provide a way to uniquely and wirelessly identify objects.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Emotionally intuitive artificial intelligence

photo of Professor Jesse Hoey

People suffering from the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulty remembering things that recently happened to them. As the disease takes root, a person’s reasoning and behaviour can change. Day-to-day routines — like handwashing — may become challenging for them and they begin to need more assistance from caregivers for simple tasks.

But now there is technology that can help.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Professor Ian Goldberg named tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Privacy Enhancing Technologies

photo of Professor Ian Goldberg

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Ian Goldberg has been named a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Privacy Enhancing Technologies.

Friday, June 28, 2019

The near miss that became a molecular hit

photo of Craig Kaplan holding the near-miss paper model be built

“From my readings, I have stumbled upon your great website, which is … helping me understand the nature of polyhedra. I have a question regarding the structures you have posted on your site. I am not a mathematician; I am a biologist and therefore my question might sound downright naïve. The structure in question is the near-miss Johnson solid …”

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Wave goodbye to smart phones that don't recognize gesture commands

Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science have developed a strategy that could reduce the level of frustration users experience when giving gesture commands to smart devices and smart environments.

In a study that outlines the new strategy, the researchers found that when developing smart devices to recognize gesture input, the adage, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” can be applied to boost users’ perceptions of system reliability.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Meet the lawyer disrupting her profession

photo of digital gavel representing use of AI in law

Maura Grossman, a Cheriton School of Computer Science Research Professor, is using AI to make legal document review more effective and efficient

She has been called the most dangerous lawyer in America for her research and advocacy on technology-assisted review (TAR).

Friday, June 21, 2019

Many open-source projects lack a clear way to report security problems

photo of Mei Nagappan

The following excerpt is from “GitHub Releases New Tools to Report Vulnerabilities,” an article by Rina Diane Caballar published on June 21, 2019 in IEEE Spectrum, the magazine and website of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The article reports recent research conducted by Mei Nagappan, an assistant professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, and his colleagues on the lack of security vulnerability reporting processes in open-source software projects. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

University of Waterloo among founding members of Algorand Foundation’s Global University Program

photo of Sergey Gorbunov and Srinivasan Keshav

The University of Waterloo has joined other leading universities around the world to support the Algorand Foundation’s Global University Program.

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