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News archive - 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: Modelling COVID-19

With different countries, and different levels of government grappling with whether or not to publicly release their mathematical models and projections on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked Professor 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Waterloo launches new online tool for kids to learn math and computer science at home

Waterloo's Centre for Education and Mathematics and Computing

The University of Waterloo has launched a new online tool to help children who are now learning from home continue with their math and computer science education.

The tool, developed by Waterloo’s Centre for Education and Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), is called CEMC at Home and includes games, problems to solve, videos and other materials to help kids with their studies.

Ontario’s Ministry of Education has included CEMC at Home in their virtual resources for parents and caregivers.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Personality plays key role in whether developers can contribute to open source projects

Someone typing on their laptop

Your personality could significantly impact your ability to contribute to open source projects, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo. 

Open source projects are online spaces where software developers work together to improve computer code that is made available to anyone. Each project is managed by a person whose job it is to accept or reject the offer of help from a software developer.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Applying enterprising ideas from mathematics and computer science to help solve societal and environmental problems

Jesse Hoey in the Davis Centre atrium

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Jesse Hoey has had a curious career trajectory.

His academic life began with an undergraduate degree in physics, followed by a master’s in physical oceanography, then a PhD in computer science with specialization in artificial intelligence. He even had a stint working with occupational therapists as part of his postdoctoral studies, where he applied his expertise in AI to develop assistive technologies for people with dementia.

Monday, March 9, 2020

New software combines quantum and classical machine learning

Waterloo researchers (L-R): Verdon, Broughton and McCourt in front of Google HQ.

Five University of Waterloo students have teamed up with Google to develop software to accelerate machine learning using quantum science.

The collaborative effort resulted in the creation of an open-source hybrid quantum-classical machine learning software platform, called TensorFlow Quantum.

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