Tuesday, September 24, 2019

2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster winners

2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster session

Each year, the Cheriton Research Symposium concludes with a poster session for Cheriton Graduate Scholarship recipients. In total, 23 students participated in the 2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster competition.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Second-year CS student Anne Chung and her teammate Lena Nguyen win privacy-themed Citizen Hacks competition

photo of Lena Nguyen and Anne Chung

A pair of second-year University of Waterloo students shared the top prize at the inaugural Citizen Hacks, a recent hackathon focused on creating technology to protect privacy.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Florian Kerschbaum comments on City of Stratford’s ransomware attack

photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

On April 14, 2019, hackers targeted Stratford City Hall with a ransomware attack, which led to several crucial servers becoming unresponsive and unavailable. The attacker had installed malware on six of the city’s physical servers and on two virtual servers, then encrypted all systems so staff could not access information. The attack affected the city’s email system and online forms.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel named 2019–2022 Cheriton Faculty Fellows

photo of Professors Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel

Professors Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel have been named 2019 David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellows, positions they will hold until 2022. These prestigious three-year fellowships support the work of leading faculty members in the Cheriton School of Computer Science and are made possible through the David R.

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. 

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