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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.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Master’s student Alex Parmentier develops novel method to detect anti-social behaviour online

Researchers in artificial intelligence have developed an innovative way to identify a range of anti-social behaviour online. The new technique, led by Alex Parmentier, a master’s student at Waterloo’s David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, detects anti-social behaviour by examining the reaction to a post among members of an online forum rather than examining features of the original post itself.

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.