Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Cheriton researchers find that large language models validate misinformation

photo of CS professor Dan Brown in the Davis Centre

New research into large language models shows that they repeat conspiracy theories, harmful stereotypes, and other forms of misinformation.

In a recent study, researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science systematically tested an early version of ChatGPT’s understanding of statements in six categories: facts, conspiracies, controversies, misconceptions, stereotypes, and fiction. This was part of the researchers’ efforts to investigate human-technology interactions and explore how to mitigate risks.

Monday, December 18, 2023

All that jazz

photo of David Hao, Andrew Lee and Ray Kong

In an interview with Down Beat magazine, the jazz legend Thelonious Monk once said, “All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.”

For the University of Waterloo Jazz Ensemble, that connection between music and math is explicit. This fall term, 16 students and one alum were in the Jazz Ensemble. Eight of those students were from the Faculty of Mathematics, with two from the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Predictive rendering of bluish colourations that can be observed when light is transmitted through snow

image of a winter scene

A duo of Cheriton School of Computer Science researchers has digitized snow into a new model that can be applied to better understand the impact of climate change.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Maura Grossman among panellists in Waterloo's Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia series

photo of Lai-Tze Fan, Kelly Grindrod, Maura R. Grossman, Trevor C. Charles

Waterloo researchers are renowned for their work that improves societies, economies, technologies and health for humanity. But, like many scholars, they have also experienced aggressive responses to their research.

In an effort to address this hostility, the Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the Office of Research hosted a recent panel discussion as part of their “Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia” series. 

Friday, December 1, 2023

Cohere hackathon challenges students to use AI to solve pressing problems

photo of Cohere Hackathon with Jimmy Lin

In a rapidly evolving world where artificial intelligence is reshaping not only entire industries but the world itself, students need to be prepared to harness this technology to solve pressing issues. With this goal in mind, Cohere and Waterloo.AI sponsored a student-led hackathon that focused on Retrieval Augmented Generation — also known as RAG — at the University of Waterloo’s IDEAs clinic.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Partnership with Rogers to revolutionize the landscape of telecommunication and network management

photo of Professor Raouf Boutaba and his research team

The emergence of 5G technology is transforming telecommunications, granting people and industry remarkable capabilities. With research advancements, in the future we could see 5G offer speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second, far surpassing 4G’s capabilities. This speed not only enables lightning-fast downloads, its low latency, as low as 1 millisecond, is ideal for real-time applications like remote surgery and augmented or virtual reality. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

GraphNovo: Graph-based deep learning model may lead to highly personalized medicine to treat cancer and infectious diseases

Computer scientists at the Cheriton School of Computer Science are using a graph-based deep learning model to analyze proteins on the surface of cells, which could lead to personalized medicine to treat cancer and infectious diseases.  

The researchers developed GraphNovo, a new program that provides a more accurate understanding of cellular peptide sequences, linear chains of amino acids.

Monday, November 27, 2023

University Professor Ming Li tackles cancer with personalized immunotherapy made possible by machine learning

photo of University Professor Ming Li

Immunotherapy is a powerful new way to treat cancer, harnessing the body’s natural defences to find and kill cancer cells.

By applying machine learning, researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science are working to strengthen this mechanism, making it possible to develop personalized cancer-fighting drugs.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

CS student Catherine He, winner of 2023 Concerto and Aria competition, gives stellar performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor

photo of David Taylor, Catherine He and Raouf Boutaba

Catherine He is a master of the keyboard.

She is not only a computer science student in her third year, but also an accomplished musician who began playing the piano at the age of 4 — an award winner of many regional, national and international piano competitions, among them orchestra@uwaterloo’s 2023 Concerto and Aria Competition, a contest open to Waterloo students and recent grads every other year.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Renée J. Miller named Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Intelligence, to join Cheriton School of Computer Science in 2024

conceptual image depicting data science

Professor Renée J. Miller has been named the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Intelligence. She is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Khoury College of Computer Science at Northeastern University. She will be joining the University of Waterloo in June 2024 as the Cheriton School of Computer Science’s first Canada Excellence Research Chair.

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