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Faculty positions

The Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (URA)Applications for the Spring 2018 program are now closed.

Tutte's 100th Distinguished Lecture Series 

University of Waterloo, May 5 - August 18, '17      

*Recordings of occurred talks are all available on C&O's YouTube Channel   

Grad Studies: Fall 2018 applications now open

 New Deadline: February 9, '18

  1. Mar. 10, 2018Early Researcher Award for Peter Nelson

    C&O professor Peter Nelson is a recipient of a 2018 Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Government of Ontario.

  2. Feb. 10, 2018David Qian's work at SickKids Hospital featured in Maclean'sMaclean's

    David Qian's research on applying optimization methods to determine the placement of cuts for a particular form of skull surgery called Cranial Vault Remodeling was featured in a February 2018 article of Maclean's.

  3. Jan. 29, 2018RBC to open a cybersecurity lab and fund new research at the University of WaterlooCryptography icon

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is opening a cybersecurity lab and investing $1.78 million into research at the University of Waterloo to develop advanced cybersecurity and privacy tools.

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  1. Mar. 26, 2018Cryptography- Luis Ruiz

    Title: LWE Part 2: A quantum discrete Gaussian sampler.

    Speaker: Luis Ruiz
    Affiliation: University of Waterloo
    Room: MC 6486

    Abstract: In this talk we will describe how a (quantum) Gaussian sampler could be constructed if we had access to a solver of a decoding problem.

  2. Mar. 27, 2018Cryptography - Edward Knapp

    Title: Implementing cryptography at scale 

    Speaker: Edward Knapp
    Affiliation: Google
    Room: MC 5501

    Abstract: Many cryptographic primitives have rough edges which make them difficult to use properly (by both experts and non-experts).

  3. Mar. 28, 2018Continuous Optimization Seminar - Matthew William Slavin

    Title: Tractable Approximations to Robust Conic Optimization Problems (paper by D. Bertsimas, M. Sim)

    Speaker: Matthew William Slavin
    Affiliation: University of Waterloo
    Room: MC 5479

    Abstract: We review the paper listed in the title of this talk. In the paper, Bertsimas and Sim propose a relaxed robust counterpart for general conic optimization problems

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