Wednesday, March 22, 2023

CS remains Waterloo’s top-ranked subject and 22nd internationally according to 2023 QS World University Rankings

a fisheye lens view of the Davis Centre

Computer Science, the University of Waterloo’s top-ranked subject internationally, has risen three spots in the global rankings to the 22nd position, according to the latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject released on March 22, 2023.
This is the third year in a row that Computer Science was in the top 25 internationally and the top-ranked subject at Waterloo.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Ludwig Wilhelm Wall leads construction of interactive art installation at Ontario Place

image of a person standing in front of The Light Within exhibit

PhD candidate Ludwig Wilhelm Wall and two recent Waterloo graduates have built an interactive installation at the intersection of art and technology called The Light Within. Their installation is part of Lumière: The Art of Light, a free outdoor light experience on exhibit at Ontario Place’s Trillium Park from March 10 to May 7.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Joel Wretborn and colleagues win Emerging Technology Award at Annual VES Awards for water simulation toolset used in Avatar: The Way of Water

photo of Joel Wretborn

PhD candidate Joel Wretborn and his colleagues Alexey Stomakhin and Steve Lesser at the New Zealand–based visual effects studio WētāDigital x Unity and Douglas McHale at WētāFX have won an Emerging Technology Award at the 21st annual Visual Effects Society Awards for their water simulation toolset used in Avat

Monday, March 13, 2023

Team of HCI researchers create futuristic office chair to support work activities with spatial augmented reality

photo of Nikhita Joshi, Antony Albert Raj Irudayaraj, and Daniel Vogel

Some chairs may look futuristic, but a particular chair at the Cheriton School of Computer Science is futuristic. It has been custom fitted with sensors, servos, computers and a small projector by a team of human-computer interaction researchers to create an office chair as a platform for personal spatial augmented reality.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Cheriton School of Computer Science researchers paint a picture of six decades of movies

photo of Andreea Pool and Lesley Istead in the Davis Centre

From the sepia tones of a Coen brothers film set in the Dust Bowl to a child’s red coat in Schindler’s List, filmmakers have long known the power of colour in movies. Now, computer scientists have analyzed 60 years of movies to paint a picture of the hues used in films.

Using a technique called k-means clustering, researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science have analyzed the trailers for more than 29,000 North American movies released between 1960 and 2019.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Waterloo teams among the top 15 at 2022 East Central NA Regional ICPC

graphic depicting ICPC logo and a laptop in digital form

Four teams of students from the Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, each with a triad of exceptional coders, competed on Saturday, February 25 at the 2022 East Central North America Regional International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Mahbod Majid receives Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Research Excellence Award

photo of Mahbod Majid

Recent computer science master’s graduate Mahbod Majid has been awarded a 2023 Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Research Excellence Award. The prestigious recognition comes with a $5,000 cash prize and is conferred annually to two graduate students in the Faculty of Mathematics who have authored or co-authored an outstanding research paper.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Sepehr Assadi awarded 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship

photo of Professor Sepehr Assadi in Sloan Research Fellowship graphic

Sepehr Assadi, who is joining the Cheriton School of Computer Science as an Associate Professor in July 2023, is one of 125 recipients of a 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University and a member of its Theory of Computing group.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Niki Hasrati and Shai Ben-David receive best paper award at ALT 2023

photo of Niki Hasrati and Professor Shai Ben-David

Master’s candidate Niki Hasrati and Professor Shai Ben-David have received the best paper award at ALT 2023, the 34th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory. This year, the annual meeting that explores the theoretical and algorithmic aspects of machine learning will take place in Singapore from February 20 to 23.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

A rising star: Undergrad CS student Sarah Wilson is making an impact in her first term

photo of Sarah Wilson in lab

When Sarah Wilson graduated high school a year early and started in the Computer Science program at Waterloo, there were big expectations. As a high school student, Sarah was elected as a student trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, served as chair of the Ontario Student Voice Awards with the Ontario Student Trustee Association, and volunteered in several community roles.

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