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News archive - August 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

New protocol is a huge breakthrough for the future of quantum computers

Joel Wallman

Quantum computers will now have help tackling the central problem in their performance – noise.

Joel Wallman, a researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and assistant professor of applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo, has developed a protocol that will help deal with the issue of noise in quantum computers so that they can tackle more complex problems.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Waterloo researchers leading quest to protect against quantum attacks

Image of computer codes

Waterloo researchers feature prominently in NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization competition

The University of Waterloo emerged as the Canadian institution with the largest involvement in the latest round of submissions selected by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization process.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Waterloo’s online math courseware sees COVID-19 surge with 10 million views

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School shutdown drives students, parents and teachers to Waterloo’s math and computer science courseware, increasing engagement by more than 200 per cent

When schools closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents, teachers and students across Canada turned to the University of Waterloo Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) website, increasing engagement with its courseware by 200 per cent.  

Monday, August 24, 2020

Striking a balance

Matthew Sullivan

Not long after beginning his graduate program at Waterloo, Matthew Sullivan discovered a passion for Ultimate Frisbee. Today, he serves as the chief of the Ultimate Frisbee intramural program while continuing to referee and play as often as he can. Close to 450 students sign up to play every autumn. “Things like age, gender, or program don’t matter out there,” says Matthew. “Any student can go out and play. Like all the intramural sports at Waterloo, Ultimate provides a great way to de-stress, stay in shape, and balance the academic with the social.”

Friday, August 21, 2020

Study finds reopening schools with too many students in classrooms could result in more COVID-19 cases

Two girls playing

As many kids get ready to go back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study indicates ways to minimize outbreaks and their impact on in-person instruction. 

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