News for Current graduate students

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Professor Shai Ben-David appointed University Research Chair

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.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Shai Ben-David and Yaoliang Yu named to top Canadian chair program in AI

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Shai Ben-David and Yaoliang Yu have been named Canada CIFAR AI Chairs. They are among the 34 leading researchers in artificial intelligence and machine learning across Canada who form the third cohort of Canada CIFAR AI Chairs announced today.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Steven Feng, Aaron Li and Jesse Hoey develop virtual assistants with personality to help individuals with mental illness

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.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Moojan Ghafurian, Kerstin Dautenhahn and Jesse Hoey awarded funding to develop emotionally intelligent robots to help people with dementia

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, 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 because it is linked to inherent shortcomings of mathematics discovered by Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel in the 1930s.