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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cheriton School of Computer Science researchers study catastrophic effects network failures have on cloud-computing systems

photo of Hatem Takruri, Ahmed Alquraan, Mohammed Alfatafta and Samer Al-Kiswany

Computer clusters power everything from Google and Facebook to online retail and banking. They’re comprised of hundreds or even thousands of machines connected together by networks, typically in a vast data centre. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues win best paper award at NeurIPS 2018

photo of Professor Shai Ben-David

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Shai Ben-David, his former PhD student Hassan Ashtiani, now an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, along with colleagues Christopher Liaw, Abbas Mehrabian and Yaniv Plan, have received a best paper award at NeurIPS 2018, the 32ndAnnual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues prove that some problems in statistical machine learning cannot be resolved

photo of Professor Shai Ben-David

One of the most important results in logic is Kurt Gödel’s work from 1931 that proved that some questions in mathematics cannot be resolved — that mathematics has limits.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Using different hand grips to expand the versatility of a digital pen

photo of Professor Dan Vogel and Drini Cami

Anyone who’s used a pen with a tablet appreciates how precisely the instrument allows them to write, draw, and manipulate objects. A pen is natural input device, one that’s much more nuanced than a mouse or touchpad. Despite its precision and ease of use, many tablet applications still need menus, buttons, and widgets for a user to switch between tools, to set their attributes, and to issue commands.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Professor Srinivasan Keshav named IEEE Fellow, the Institute’s highest recognition

photo of Srinivasan Keshav

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Srinivasan Keshav has been named by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to fair queueing techniques and flow-control algorithms in computer networks.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waterloo programmers top the competition, earn spot in International Collegiate Programming Competition World Finals

International Collegiate Programming Competition East Central NA

Four teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo swept the top spots at an Association for Computing Machinery regional International Collegiate Programming Competition over the weekend. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Research Professor Maura Grossman member of panel discussing responsible AI

photo of Maura Grossman

The following is excerpted from an article by Craig Daniels, published in Communitech News on November 8, 2018

Governments, educators and private companies all must act quickly to rein in the biases and excesses of autonomous systems driven by powerful artificial intelligence, a lunchtime symposium at CIGI heard Wednesday. The price of not acting is an existential threat to the fabric of human society.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ali Abedi and Mohammad Mazaheri win first prize at ACM MobiCom 2018

photo of Professor Omid Abari , Mohammad Mazaheri and Ali Abedi

Ali Abedi and Mohammad Mazaheri won first place at the ACM Student Research Competition at MobiCom 2018, the 24thACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Smart hacks to turn tagging devices into Internet-of-Things sensors

Ju Wang and Omid Abari demonstrate the wireless keypad clicker they invented by hacking RFID sensors

We’ve connected billions of devices to the Internet and in the coming years we’ll connect billions more. Many of these Internet of things or IoT devices have sensors in them to detect their environment — from a room’s ambient temperature and light levels to sound and motion. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Interdisciplinary team, led by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Don Cowan, creates new software to support surface water monitoring and modelling

photo of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Don Cowan

Studying how human activities and naturally occurring phenomena have an impact on the environment is critical for effective management. Environmental monitoring and modelling are two fundamental practices to help in understanding, predicting and effectively managing these activities and impacts.

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