Today over the course of two ceremonies, the Faculty of Mathematics added 1,286 alumni for a total of 40,750 in more than 100 countries. We also gave out one award for leadership, one Doctoral Prize, had two valedictorians, handed out six medals, and three Honorary Doctor of Mathematics degrees.
Elkhan and Orkhan Mammedov’s journey to Convocation started seven years ago, with a school visit. The Faculty of Mathematics and Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing visited the brothers’ home country of Azerbaijan, and instantly captured their attention.
Shafira (Shafi) Goldwasser is one of today’s leading computer scientists, known for her contributions to the foundations of cryptography, privacy, and security. In 2018, Goldwasser became the Director of the world’s leading venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science, the Simons Institute for Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that individuals may be more motivated to do work for their favourite charity than for money.
In a study reviewing the efficacy of a new online work-sharing platform designed to put money into the hands of charities, the researchers discovered that people providing their skills and labour toward a specific task tended to do a better job if they knew their favourite charity rather than themselves would be paid for it.
Through early work on sequence comparison, RNA structure comparison, and RNA structure, David Sankoff launched the bioinformatics field's strong emphasis on fast algorithms with a provable performance guarantee. Sankoff’s algorithm was a crucial advance in this area. He is recognized as one of the founders of the field of bioinformatics and is the co-author of the first bioinformatics book.
Haonan Duan has received a prestigious Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. Valued at $17,500, these master’s-level scholarships recognize promising AI talent in Ontario and support recruitment of top students into AI-related master’s programs to prepare them with the skills and competencies essential to building a strong AI ecosystem.
Ping Yan's latest work explores systematic treatment of the mathematical underpinnings of work in the theory of outbreak dynamics and their control, covering balanced perspectives between theory and practice including new material on contemporary topics in the field of infectious disease modelling. Learn more about the book.