Friday, February 8, 2019

Making homes smart could become easier

photo of Ali Abedi, Tim Brecht, Omid Abari and Farzan Dehbashi

Making your house “smart” could soon become cheaper and easier, thanks to new technology developed by researchers at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Their recent study describes an approach that can be used to deploy, for the first time, battery-free sensors in a home using existing WiFi networks. Previous attempts to use battery-free sensors ran into some obstacles, making the efforts impractical. These hurdles include the need to modify existing WiFi access points, challenges with security protocols, and the need to use energy-hungry components.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Maura Grossman named Director of Women in Computer Science

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Maura R. Grossman is a Research Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, as well as an eDiscovery attorney and consultant in Buffalo, New York. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Two CS students among winning team of Waterloo students at CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2019 Hackathon

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A team of five students from the University of Waterloo has won the CBC Digital Products Award at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Hackathon 2019, the public broadcaster’s first-ever national bilingual hackathon held simultaneously at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto and at Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Professor Bin Ma receives $463k grant from Genome Canada to improve precision medicine

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Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Bin Ma has received $462,998 in research support from Genome Canada for an ambitious three-year project titled “Software for peptide identification and quantification from large mass spectrometry data using data independent acquisition.” 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Ahmed Sabie, a third-year computer science student, places first in coding portion at fourth annual Code/Design to Win finals

The following article, titled Waterloo students snag top prizes at code/design to win, was written by Bill Bean and appeared originally in the January 19, 2019 issue of Communitech News.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Letter to the Editor: TAR and Privilege Review

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The following article, titled “Letter to the Editor: TAR and Privilege Review,” originally appeared in the January 17, 2019 issue of the New York Law Journal


We strenuously disagree with the notion that the use of technology-assisted review or TAR to assist with the privilege review in the Cohen case would have rendered it unfair or unconstitutional.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficult

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Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

The study, published in Nature Machine Intelligence, found that contrary to conventional wisdom, there can be no exact method for deciding whether a given problem may be successfully solved by machine learning tools.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues’ work on machine learning featured as front-page article on Nature

Professor Shai Ben-David and his colleagues Pavel Hrubes, Shay Moran, Amir Shpilka and Amir Yehudayoff have shown that a simple machine learning problem — whether an algorithm can extract a pattern from limited data — is mathematically unsolvable

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Women attorneys in tech: Maura Grossman talks about her work

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The following article, titled “Women Attorneys in Tech: Four Industry Leaders Talk About Their Work,” originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of New York State Bar Association Journal. Grossman, a Research Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, was recently appointed as Director of Women in Computer Science.  

The article, by Mark A. Berman, Editor, New York State Bar Association Journal, showcases four exceptional women attorneys in tech — Shoshanah Bewlay, Gail Gottehrer, Sandra Rampersaud and Maura Grossman.

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