Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Finding the branches on the tree of life

photo of Fatemeh Alipour, Professor Lila Kari and Pablo Millán Arias

In On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin described the evolutionary relationships between organisms as branches on a tree, a diagrammatic representation of all species that have ever existed connected by common descent.

The affinities of all the beings of the same class have sometimes been represented by a great tree. I believe this simile largely speaks the truth. The green and budding twigs may represent existing species; and those produced during each former year may represent the long succession of extinct species.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Data science analysis: online classes affected students and teachers differently worldwide

photo of Enamul Haque

As schools moved to a mode of emergency response teaching — ERT — at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the effect that remote learning had on students and teachers depended on whether they were in developed or developing countries, a new study shows.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Sabrina Mokhtari awarded 2022 Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

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Incoming master’s student Sabrina Mokhtari has received a 2022–23 Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. These merit-based scholarships provide $17,500 for one year of full-time study and are awarded to exceptional students who have been admitted into an AI-related master’s program in an Ontario university. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

PhD graduate Ryan Goldade receives 2021 Alain Fournier Award

computer animation showing Ryan’s research on variable viscosity

Ryan Goldade has received the 2021 Alain Fournier Dissertation Award for his thesis titled “Efficient liquid animation: New discretizations for spatially adaptive liquid viscosity and reduced-model two-phase bubbles and inviscid liquids.”

Thursday, April 28, 2022

PhD student Enamul Haque member of research team using machine learning to help address stigma of substance abuse in developing nations

photo of Enamul Haque at computer monitor

In developing countries, people with substance-abuse issues sometimes face shame and can find it difficult to get help. Now, a research team is using machine learning and anonymized data to get a clearer picture of the underlying factors that influence tendencies to abuse drugs and alcohol.

The research provides a rare insight into a somewhat neglected subject because of social and cultural taboos. The research team hopes their work can eventually make it easier for people to get help.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Recent PhD graduate Akshay Ramachandran awarded 2022 Mathematics Doctoral Prize

photo of Akshay Ramachandran

Akshay Ramachandran has received second place in the 2022 Mathematics Doctoral Prize for his thesis titled “Geodesic convex analysis of group scaling for the Paulsen problem and tensor normal model.” This prestigious institutional award is conferred annually to recognize the achievements of the top three graduated doctoral students in the Faculty of Mathematics.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Company founded by two Cheriton alums named among the 2022 C100 Fellows

image depicting financial technology

Float, a company that offers corporate credit card and accounting services and was co-founded by Cheriton School of Computer Science alums Griffin Keglevich and Ruslan Nikolaev, has been named among the 2022 C100 Fellows

Thursday, April 7, 2022

CS remains Waterloo’s top-ranked subject and 25th internationally according to 2022 QS World University Rankings

a photo of the Davis Centre from inside

Computer science remains the University of Waterloo’s top-ranked subject internationally, coming in at 25th among the world’s top universities, according to the latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by subject released on April 6, 2022.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Cheriton PhD alumnus Mazen Melibari among the most prominent AI experts in the Arab world according to MIT Technology Review

photo of Dr. Mazen Melibari

Dr. Mazen Melibari, Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia, has been recognized by MIT Technology Review (Arabic version) as among the 30 most prominent experts in artificial intelligence in the Arab world for the year 2022.

Dr. Melibari obtained his PhD in computer science in 2016 at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Pascal Poupart and Edward Lank.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Cheriton CS alumnus Erik Demaine and colleagues publish mathematical proof on infinite folds

photo of Erik Demaine

Erik Demaine (CS PhD 2001) and a team of researchers, including his father, have published a proof on a geometric problem involving infinite folds — that any finite polyhedral manifold in three dimensions can be continuously flattened into two dimensions while preserving intrinsic distances and avoiding crossings.

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