Monday, April 27, 2020

Lila Kari and her colleagues use machine learning-based analysis to quickly classify novel pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus

photo of Professor Lila Kari

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science and Western University has developed a computational method that within minutes can identify and classify viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the respiratory pathogen responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Priyank Jaini wins second place in the Mathematics Doctoral Prize competition

photo of Priyank Jaini

Recent PhD graduate Priyank Jaini has been awarded second place in the Faculty of Mathematics Doctoral Prize competition. Now in its second year, these prizes are awarded annually to recognize the achievements of top graduating doctoral students in the Faculty of Mathematics. As a silver recipient, Priyank will receive $1,000.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

PhD candidate Anastasia Kuzminykh looks into why it’s so hard to pay attention during video conferences

photo of Anastasia Kuzminykh

As global COVID-19 lockdowns have us sitting through days of video conferences, it becomes clear that paying attention online is hard work.

In two new papers, researchers from the Cheriton School of Computer Science and Microsoft Research explore people’s attentiveness in video conferences to understand how to make the online meetings more comfortable and effective.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Computer science student Shivam Sharma, creator of Reflect, wins Concept $5K pitch competition

photo of Shivam Sharma

The University of Waterloo’s first-ever virtual Concept $5K competition challenged entrepreneurs to pitch to an online audience instead of a packed auditorium. Confident in the value of their creation, the founders of Reflect rose to the occasion and walked away with $5,000 to invest in their growing business.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Building systems based on problem-driven research

photo of Professor Ihab Ilyas

The following was excerpted from an article published on the website of CS-Can/Info-Can, the nation’s professional society dedicated to representing all aspects of computer science and the interests of the discipline to Canadians.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Q and A with Professor Florian Kerschbaum: privacy vs. tracking COVID-19

photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

Some jurisdictions in Canada and around the world are using cell phone data to track the spread of COVID-19. How would this work? What are the privacy concerns around using personal data for this purpose?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Undergrad CS and SE students among those helping to create platform being used by Montreal to flatten the COVID-19 curve

photo of Surya Krishnan, Yifei Zhang, Ivan Nesterovic and Miraal Kabir

A team of Waterloo computer science students have helped create a web-based data-gathering platform that has been promoted by the City of Montreal’s public health authority to its citizens in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in that city.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Professor Shai Ben-David appointed University Research Chair

photo of Professor Shiar Ben-David

Professor Shai Ben-David has been appointed a University Research Chair in recognition of his outstanding contributions to machine learning theory, logic, the theory of distributed computation and complexity theory. This prestigious title may be held for up to seven years and is conferred to recognize the exceptional achievements of Waterloo faculty members and to acknowledge their pre-eminence in a field of knowledge.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wes Graham, father of computing at Waterloo, receives 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously from CS-Can/Info-Can

photo of Wes Graham beside an IBM 360/75

In 1967, Canadians celebrated the country’s 100th birthday and the future seemed full of hope and boundless potential. But at the University of Waterloo the future had already arrived in the newly built Math and Computer building’s Red Room. It was there that an IBM 360 Model 75 was housed — the most powerful computer in Canada at the time and the same model NASA used to do the critical calculations to send astronauts to the moon.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Jimmy Lin spearheads creation of new AI-powered search engine to make it easier to find information in the fight against COVID-19

photo of SARS-cov-2

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Jimmy Lin has spearheaded the creation of a dedicated search engine for those who are engaged in the fight against COVID-19.

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