News archive - May 2023

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Jimmy Di awarded 2023 Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

photo of Jimmy Di

Incoming master’s student Jimmy Di has received a 2023–24 Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. These merit-based entrance scholarships provide $17,500 for one year of full-time study and are awarded to top students who have been admitted into an AI-related master’s program in an Ontario university. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Justin Wan receives Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award from CAIMS

photo of Professor Justin Wan in the Davis Centre

Professor Justin Wan has received the 2023 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award from CAIMS, the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society. Named after its first recipient, the award was established in 1987 to honour Waterloo Applied Mathematics Professor Arthur Beaumont for his many years of service to the society.

Monday, May 22, 2023

PhD candidate Johann Wentzel makes virtual reality more accessible

photo of Johann Wentzel wearing VR glasses

Computer science doctoral candidate Johann Wentzel aims to make virtual reality more accessible for disabled people.

“Most of my work is in making VR more accessible for people with motor disabilities or impairments by using the input devices they already have rather than potentially inaccessible VR controllers,” Johann says. 

For example, he looks at how to define meaningful VR experiences for someone who only has access to a button switch and a joystick on their power chair.

Friday, May 19, 2023

CS and C&O student Tiadora Ruza wins inaugural Germain-Erdős Award

photo of George Labahn, Tiadora Ruza and Stephen Melczer

Tiadora Ruza’s journey at the University of Waterloo began long before she started university. The inaugural winner of the Germain-Erdős Award spent many years as a teenager participating in the Math Circles program, a math outreach and enrichment program conducted on campus by the Centre for Education in Math and Computing. Math Circles, Ruza reflects, “allowed me to become familiar with the campus environment and made Waterloo feel like my mathematical home.”

Friday, May 19, 2023

Vikram Subramanian receives Jessie W. H. Zou Memorial Award

photo of Vikram Subramanian and Mei Nagappan

Software engineering student Vikram Subramanian has received a 2023 Jessie W. H. Zou Memorial Award. Established by Computer Science Professor Ming Li in honour of his late wife Jessie Wenhui Zou, the $1,000 award is conferred annually to outstanding undergraduate students in the Faculty of Mathematics with the aim of recognizing and celebrating their research accomplishments.

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