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In our next CPI Talk, our hosts Bessma Momani and Shelly Ghai Bajaj discuss how disinformation flows and spreads on direct messaging and private chat applications, why they are important digital spaces to study, and the broader political and social implications of disinformation.

CPI is excited to announce Diogo Barradas as interim Associate Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI). Barradas has been a member of CPI since 2022 and assumes the role while the previous Associate Director, Anindya Sen, fills in as Acting Executive Director to cover a sabbatical.

Saturday, June 8, 2024 (all day)

Eye Data & AI Summit

The School of Optometry & Vision Science, alongside the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB), Waterloo.AI, Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute are hosting a full-day summit on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Gathering experts in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and privacy, leaders from the optometry profession in Canada, and industry to work collectively towards a national vision repository. Summit activities will include a combination of panel presentations and workshops to share use cases, identify needs, potential challenges and considerations required to develop infrastructure to receive, de-identify and organize vision and health data by optometry. 

In the rapidly evolving landscape of computer science, the fascinating realm of embedded security is the research focal point for two University of Waterloo graduate students and Cybersecurity & Privacy Institute members, Murray Dunne and Cameron Hadfield. Murray, currently immersed in his PhD in Computer Science (CS), and Cameron, a recent graduate from Waterloo's Computer Science program pursuing a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), share their insights into this multifaceted field and their academic journeys.

CPI is excited to welcome Anindya Sen as interim Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. Sen, who was CPI's Associate Director, is assuming this role while our previous Executive Director, N. Asokan, is on sabbatical.


We’re excited to kick off the year by sharing some great news! Congratulations to the students for achieving the CPI Undergraduate Award in their respective courses for the Fall 2023 semester at the University of Waterloo.

CPI is pleased to announce our new partnership with TAURIA, including the appointing of the CPI-TAURIA Faculty Fellow in Cybersecurity and Privacy to Guang Gong, professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and member of the UWaterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute.

Read about the groundbreaking work of Sujaya Maiyya, an assistant professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science and a member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at the University of Waterloo. Sujaya's research focuses on oblivious privacy-preserving databases, aiming to safeguard data from access pattern attacks. Her journey from UC Santa Barbara to the University of Waterloo highlights her remarkable rise in the field, offering solutions to enhance data security and privacy in the face of evolving threats.

Sirisha Rambhatla, an accomplished engineer, attended the College of Engineering (COER) in Roorkee, India, excelling in her studies and interning at prestigious institutions like IIT Roorkee and IIT Kanpur. Her passion for signal processing led her to the University of Minnesota for advanced studies under Dr. Jarvis Haupt. Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, she leads the Critical ML lab, addressing healthcare challenges with AI and ML models while advocating for privacy-conscious approaches.