“Big Data has plenty of evangelists, but I’m not one of them,” writes 2018 Hagey lecturer Cathy O’Neil in her latest book, Weapons of Math Destruction. The goals in using Big Data might be laudable—more objective advertising or policing policies, for example. But, as O’Neil argues, “these models are constructed not just from the data but from the choices we make about which data to pay attention to — and which to leave out.” If those choices are flawed from the start, as often happens, the models confirm our errors, prejudices and biases. Find out just what kinds of damage these flawed algorithms are causing when O’Neil delivers the 2018 Hagey Lecture at the University of Waterloo on February 7.
About one in five computer science undergraduates at Waterloo are women. Imagine if we could interest girls at a younger age. Jo Atlee, the Director of Women in Computer Science, is working to do just that with the launch of Technovation Waterloo.
Women were the first computers — the people who performed complex mathematical calculations with pencil and chalk — and later, as the field of computer science emerged, they were the first programmers.
The Problem Pitch Competition invites teams of up to four students to choose an important industry problem, and thoroughly research it to understand its history, scope, and impact, before pitching the findings to a panel of judges on February 15, to compete for a share of $7,500 in grant funding.
This article is an excerpt from the SAF website posted on September 22, 2017.
By Carrie Gilmour
It’s been a year since School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) students took the world stage by storm at the CFA Institute Research Challenge and a lot has changed in that short period of time.
In 2016 five students from the SAF (l-r), Kamaljot Dhaliwal, Daniel Zhang, Brent Small, Rudder Zhang and Adnan Khan, used their diverse co-op and program backgrounds to beat out over 1,000 teams from 70 countries to become the World Champions in a business valuation competition.
The team spent months preparing to present and defend detailed equities research report on a publicly traded company to a panel of industry experts. The SAF team advanced through several rounds over eight months to reach the Global Finals in Chicago, where they competed against University of Georgia, Ateneo de Manila University, and Politecnico di Milano, to capture the championship and a $10,000 prize.
So where are they now?
Brent Small, an Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM 2017) graduate was appointed as the CEO in winter 2017 for the SAF Student Investment Fund, managing a team of 30 students with $250K in assets under management. He is currently working as an Investment Analyst at Polar Asset Management Partners in Toronto.
I landed my dream job right out of school. I couldn't imagine a better job or workplace, and this is due in no small part to my experience at SAF.
This article is an excerpt from the CS website posted on November 9, 2017.
Teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo took the top spots at the 2017 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing conference’s programming challenge. The contest began with an online qualifying round held over October 6 to 8, 2017, in which 345 teams registered, of which 71 were official teams of female students from a Canadian university.