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Welcome to the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

The Cheriton School of Computer Science is named for David R. Cheriton, who earned his PhD in Computer Science in 1978, and made a transformational gift to the school in 2005. It has become the largest academic concentration of Computer Science researchers in Canada.  

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  1. Jan. 17, 2019 Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficultphoto of Professor Shai Ben-David

    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.

  2. Jan. 11, 2019Professor 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

  3. Jan. 10, 2019Women attorneys in tech: Maura Grossman talks about her workphoto of Maura Grossman

    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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  1. Jan. 17, 2019Mathematics Education Seminar • The Curse of Knowledge in Learning

    Dan Wolczuk, Faculty of Mathematics
    University of Waterloo

    In educational psychology, the curse of knowledge refers to the phenomenon that individuals inherently assume that the people they are communicating with have the same knowledge and thought processes as they do. 

    In this seminar, we will discuss how the curse of knowledge can affect both instructors and students, and we will look at some strategies that instructors can use to try to counteract this and improve student learning.

  2. Jan. 17, 2019Seminar • Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) — Designing Robust Defenses for Modern Payment Systems

    Nolen Scaife, PhD candidate
    Florida Institute for Cybersecurity, University of Florida

    Credit, debit, and prepaid cards have dominated the payment landscape for decades, empowering the economy. Unfortunately, these legacy systems were not designed for today's adversarial environment, and deployment of new technologies is slow, expensive, and difficult to adopt. 

  3. Jan. 18, 2019Seminar • Systems and Networking — The Elephant in the Room — On Effectiveness of Using Elephant Flows For Resource Allocation

    Yashar Ganjali, Department of Computer Science
    University of Toronto

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