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News archive - September 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New app prevents you from losing your phone

Graphical depiction of the acoustic signal and echo reaching the mobile phone

A new app for Android phones can warn users when they are about to forget their device.

Chaperone uses a sonar-type method known as “active acoustic sensing” to detect a smartphone owner’s movements and locks the phone while alerting the owner when detecting a situation that could lead to loss.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Medals for Team Canada at the 2020 IOI

The 2020 Canadian International Olympiad in Informatics team outside at the University of Watelroo campus

The Canadian team competing at the 2020 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) earned two gold medals and two silver medals, putting them all in the top 25 per cent of all competitors.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Remembering George Cross

George Cross in 1967

We’re sad to announce the passing of George Elliot Cross on Thursday, September 17.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, George attended Dalhousie University to complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following his graduation, he headed West and taught undergraduate math at Victoria College and the University of British Columbia where he completed his doctorate in 1958.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Creating opportunities in cryptography

Alfred Menezes

“I was never the type to plan out my career,” says Alfred Menezes, a professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization (C&O) at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Are local shutdowns effective, or should they be in lockstep provincewide?

Store front with a VISA n Open sign

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

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