News archive - September 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Researchers create 'player trait model' allowing for personalized games

photo of Lennart Nacke, Karina Arrambide, Gustavo Tondello and Andrew Cen

University of Waterloo researchers have developed a novel tool that will allow user-experience designers to create more effective, personalized games and marketing campaigns.

Unlike other tools that categorize gamers by types, the new “player traits model,” along with a 25-item survey, can be used to more easily and accurately evaluate the kind of games people will enjoy. The model is based on five traits — social, aesthetic, challenge, goal and narrative.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster winners

2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster session

Each year, the Cheriton Research Symposium concludes with a poster session for Cheriton Graduate Scholarship recipients. In total, 23 students participated in the 2019 Cheriton Research Symposium poster competition.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Second-year CS student Anne Chung and her teammate Lena Nguyen win privacy-themed Citizen Hacks competition

photo of Lena Nguyen and Anne Chung

A pair of second-year University of Waterloo students shared the top prize at the inaugural Citizen Hacks, a recent hackathon focused on creating technology to protect privacy.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Florian Kerschbaum comments on City of Stratford’s ransomware attack

photo of Professor Florian Kerschbaum

On April 14, 2019, hackers targeted Stratford City Hall with a ransomware attack, which led to several crucial servers becoming unresponsive and unavailable. The attacker had installed malware on six of the city’s physical servers and on two virtual servers, then encrypted all systems so staff could not access information. The attack affected the city’s email system and online forms.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel named 2019–2022 Cheriton Faculty Fellows

photo of Professors Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel

Professors Lap Chi Lau and Daniel Vogel have been named 2019 David R. Cheriton Faculty Fellows, positions they will hold until 2022. These prestigious three-year fellowships support the work of leading faculty members in the Cheriton School of Computer Science and are made possible through the David R.

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