News archive - March 2023

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Meet Yang Lu, a professor who uses machine learning to deduce the structure and function of proteins and genes

photo of Professor Yang Lu

Yang Lu joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor in 2023. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Professor William Noble’s genome sciences group at the University of Washington. He obtained his PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics under the supervision of Professor Fengzhu Sun at the University of Southern California. Before moving to the United States, he completed his MS and BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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.

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