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Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID-19 employee contact tracing inside hospitals to protect front-line workers

Healthcare professional in full protective gears

Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics alumnus Ed Wei (BCS ’06) is overseeing a new use for his company’s indoor mapping technology — the identification of front-line workers who may be at a higher chance of being exposed to COVID-19 inside hospitals and other health-care facilities.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Considering local conditions is the safest and fastest way to reopen Canada’s economy

Store open sign

A new study has found that allowing cities and counties to open and close independently based on standardized guidelines is the quickest and safest way of restoring the Canadian economy. 

The study found that opening workplaces and schools on a county-by-county basis when the county falls below 4.5 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 would result in 38 per cent fewer person-days of closure.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Shixiao Zhang winner of the SSC 2020 Pierre Robillard Award

Shixiao Zhang

Shixiao Zhang is this year’s winner of the Pierre Robillard Award of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) which recognizes the best PhD thesis in probability or statistics defended at a Canadian university in a given year. His thesis, entitled “Multiply Robust Empirical Likelihood Inference for Missing Data and Causal Inference Problems," was written while Shixiao was a doctoral student in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Honouring excellence in undergraduate research

Wanchun Shen by a frozen river

Wanchun (Rosie) Shen, a pure mathematics major at the University of Waterloo, has been awarded the 2020 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Springer Book by Changbao Wu and Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson and Changbao Wu

Professors Changbao Wu and Mary Thompson, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo, have a new book entitled “Sampling Theory and Practice” published by Springer.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Anita Layton on Zoom for the 2020 Women in Math Virtual Celebration

Alumni from Canada, the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Australia joined together for a virtual celebration of International Women in Mathematics Day on May 12. They attended virtual coffee, multiple panels, a screening of Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani and connected on social media with the hashtag #IAmGoodAtMath and on the Waterloo Math Digital Community.

Monday, May 11, 2020

New dean appointed for Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics

Mark Giesbrecht

Mark Giesbrecht will become the 12th dean of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics. He will commence his five-year appointment on July 1, 2020.

The distinguished computer scientist has nearly 20 years’ experience at Waterloo and will leverage his abilities as an administrator, teacher, and researcher to lead the Faculty of Mathematics.

Prof. Mark Giesbrecht

Thursday, May 7, 2020

AI helping physicians, policymakers get the COVID-19 information they need

Physician typing on a laptop

A new artificial intelligence tool is being used to help medical researchers at a Toronto-area hospital shave months off the time they need to identify clinical studies available to help physicians treat COVID-19 patients.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Long-time Waterloo donor responds to call to support the Student Emergency Support Fund

A hand pointing to a laptop screen

When Shanku Niyogi (BMath CS ’94) learned about the Waterloo Student Emergency Support Fund, he knew he had to pitch in.

A result of the collaboration of campus leadership with the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), the Student Emergency Support Fund provides short-term financial help for students facing unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Researchers create a new system to protect users’ online data


Researchers have created a new a new system that helps Internet users ensure their online data is secure.

The software-based system, called Mitigator, includes a plugin users can install in their browser that will give them a secure signal when they visit a website verified to process its data in compliance with the site’s privacy policy.  

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