Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hagey Lecture looks at the dark side of Big Data

This article is from the Daily Bulletin posted on January 11, 2018.

“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.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Making room for girls in computer science

This article is from the Daily Bulletin posted on January 19, 2018.

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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How blockchain can democratize green power

This article is from Cheriton School of Computer Science posted on January 15, 2018.

Professor Srinivasan Keshav recently wrote an article for ​The Conversation Canada about how blockchain technologies could help homeowners sell their green electricity to their neighbours. 

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set. 

Is this even possible? Some companies certainly think so. These startups are harnessing the power of blockchains to democratize green power. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Empowering girls by inspiring them to code in a fun and friendly female environment

This article is from Cheriton School of Computer Science posted on January 15, 2018.

Women were there in the beginning.

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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Problem Pitch Competition applications now open

This article is from the Daily Bulletin posted on January 11, 2018.

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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Earnings Smoothing: Does It Exacerbate or Constrain Stock Price Crash Risk?

This article is an excerpt from the SAF website posted on November 17, 2017.

SAF professors Changling Chen and Jeong-Bon Kim had their research highlighted in the "Industry Trends, Research and Commentary" section of the CFA Institute's Selections publication.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Best in the world; where are they now?

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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Waterloo teams take top spots at CAN-CWiC programming challenge

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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

5th annual Investment Research Challenge (IRC) another example of SAF’s commitment to experiential learning

This article is an excerpt from the SAF website posted on July 20, 2017.

Anish Chopra, Katherine Chan (AFM 4A), Kevin Ding (CFM 2B), Billy Lam (AFM 4A)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cheriton School of Computer Science ranked 15th globally by U.S. News and World Report

This article is an excerpt from the CS website posted on October 24, 2017.