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Monday, March 19, 2018

Bumble bee tracking app places first at Software Engineering Design Symposium

Dinah Shi, John Salaveria, and Luisa San Martin

Joint effort with Friends of the Earth Canada to support the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Dinah Shi, John Salaveria and Luisa San Martin won first prize at the 2018 Software Engineering Capstone Design Symposium for their bumble bee tracking app.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Waterloo students win $20,000 at Citadel and Citadel Securities datathon

Winning students: Thomas Arab Alexander, Pranav Barot, Ryan Kinnear, Richard Wu

A team of four Waterloo students took first prize in the first Citadel and Citadel Securities Data Open datathon competition of 2018. The event drew 80 competitors from Waterloo, University of Toronto and University of Montreal. The winning team, including the Faculty of Mathematics’ Richard Wu, will compete in the championship against approximately 20 other teams later this year.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Developing protocols for better Off-The-Record encryption

Cryptography done right has become increasingly important as the impacts of poor implementations are being felt by journalists, whistleblowers and political activists around the world.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Canadian Mathematical Society Celebrates a First for Canada

From the Canadian Math Society

OTTAWA, ON   - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the members of Canada’s first-ever team to compete in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) in Florence, Italy, April 9-15, 2018. EGMO Math Team Canada is:

Monday, January 29, 2018

RBC to open a cybersecurity lab and fund new research at the University of Waterloo

Cybersecurity icon

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is opening a cyber security lab and investing $1.78 million into research at the University of Waterloo to develop advanced cybersecurity and privacy tools.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Tools for commercialization

Toolbox on a table beside a lecturn

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone opened her toolbox at the CryptoWorks21 Distinguished Lecture

“To the man that has only a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
Abraham Maslow

Your toolbox needs more than just a hammer. Why? That’s exactly it – Why?

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone told a crowd of academics, business professionals and entrepreneurs that people don’t buy what you do, but why you do it. To explain what she meant, Shannon-Vanstone opened her toolbox and shared her tools to commercialize information technology.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Math can predict how cancer cells evolve

Applied mathematics can be a powerful tool in helping predict the genesis and evolution of different types of cancers, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

The study used a form of mathematical analysis called evolutionary dynamics to look at how malignant mutations evolve in both stem and non-stem cells in colorectal and intestinal cancers.

Read the full media release.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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

Workshop with girls 10-18 at Technovation Waterloo

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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New collaboration with CMS announced at Dean's Reception

Dorette Pronk, Chair of CMS Competitions Committee and Kathryn Hare at the Dean's Reception

On December 9 at a special Dean’s reception hosted by Stephen Watt, Dorette Pronk, Chair of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Competitions Committee, announced that the 2018 Canadian Olympiad team will train at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled them to analyze public perceptions on the value of getting vaccinated and determine when a population was getting close to a tipping point.

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