News archive - November 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

New device enables battery-free computer input at the tip of your finger

photo of Ju Wang, Omid Abari, Daniel Vogel and Keiko Katsuragawa

Researchers at the David R. Cheriton Cheriton School of Computer Science have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways.

Called Tip-Tap, the device is inexpensive and battery-free because it uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sense when fingertips touch. The device could be added to disposable surgical gloves, allowing surgeons to access preoperative planning diagrams in an operating room. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Meet Jian Zhao, a professor passionate about data and novel ways of analyzing, presenting and interacting with it

photo of Professor Jian Zhao

Jian Zhao joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science in fall 2019 as an assistant professor. Previously, he was a senior research scientist in the Enterprise AI group at FX Palo Alto Laboratory in Palo Alto, California.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Florian Kerschbaum comments on $2.1 million social engineering cyberattack on Waterloo Brewing

photo of Florian Kerschbaum

Waterloo Brewing has lost millions in an impersonation scheme, an incident the company described as a “social engineering cyberattack” by a sophisticated third party. In its November 21, 2019 media release, the Kitchener firm announced that the attack occurred earlier this month and it has not yet recovered any of the $2.1 million wired to the fraudulent third-party account.

Monday, November 18, 2019

PhD candidate Matthew Lakier, Professor Daniel Vogel and their colleagues bring gaming to autonomous vehicles

photo of Daniel Vogel and Matthew Lakier

Researchers have designed multiplayer games that occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. 

A new study, led by researchers from the Cheriton School of Computer Science in collaboration with Waterloo’s Games Institute, details three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles. The researchers also made suggestions for many exciting types of in-car games for future exploration.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Dan Brown to be next FAUW president

photo of Dan Brown

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo — FAUW — is pleased to announce that Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Dan Brown will be the next FAUW president, starting a two-year term on July 1, 2020.

Congratulations, Dan!

A message from Dan Brown, FAUW president-elect

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