Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Waterloo Math and Computer Science rises in QS World University Rankings

The University of Waterloo rose three spots in the rankings of the best schools for computer science to take 22nd globally.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Computer Science PhD candidate leads construction of interactive art installation at Ontario Place

PhD candidate Ludwig Wilhelm Wall and two recent Waterloo graduates have built an interactive installation at the intersection of art and technology called The Light Within.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Computer Science PhD candidate Joel Wretborn wins visual effects award

PhD candidate Joel Wretborn and his colleagues Alexey Stomakhin and Steve Lesser at the New Zealand–based visual effects studio WētāDigital x Unity and Douglas McHale at WētāFX have won an Emerging Technology Award at the 21st annual Visual Effects Society Awards for their water simulation toolset used in Avatar: The Way of Water.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Desk chair of the future blends real and virtual worlds

Computer science researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a smart desk chair that can intuitively respond to the user’s movements, such as projecting important information on an office wall when the user swivels away from their desk or suggesting regular breaks for mental and physical health.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Math Teach-Off turns teaching and learning into friendly competition

On March 1, 2023, faculty and undergraduate students from the Faculty of Mathematics participated in what they hope will be merely the first “Math Teach-Off” event.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Math research projects will help make Canadian aeronautics more sustainable

Five projects from the Faculty of Mathematics have received funding as part of the recent Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) Research-for-Impact (RFI) grants. The grants, which total more than $260,000 in research funding, are part of WISA’s partnership with the aeronautics industry and the Canadian government.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

IQC researchers bring theory to reality with a new experiment

Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have implemented the first experiment in which quantum entanglement is used as a resource to activate the vacuum zero-point energy.

The team included Dr. Raymond Laflamme, IQC faculty member and professor in Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. Eduardo Martín-Martínez, IQC associate and professor in the Department of Applied Math...

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Everything you ever wanted to know about Pi Day

Today, March 14, is Pi Day: a day where mathematicians and dessert enthusiasts around the world celebrated their shared love for math, puns, and sweet treats. Here in the Faculty of Mathematics, MathSoc will be serving free pie and there will be a pi-reciting contest at 3:14 p.m. Regardless of where you are, however, you can celebrate Pi Day - starting by learning a little bit more about it!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Computer scientists paint a picture of six decades of movies

From the sepia tones of a Coen brothers film set in the Dust Bowl to a child’s red coat in Schindler’s List, filmmakers have long known the power of colour in movies. Now, computer scientists have analyzed 60 years of films to paint a picture of the past six decades in film.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo used a technique called k-means clustering to analyze the trailers for more than 29,000 North American movies released between 1960 and 2019.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Alex Zhu named Co-op Student of the Year for the Faculty of Mathematics

Alex Zhu, a second-year Computing and Financial Management student, was named Co-op of the Year from the Faculty of Mathematics at this morning’s Co-op Student of the Year awards. During his co-op term in fall 2022, Zhu did hybrid work at Mastercard.

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