News archive - May 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

Winners of the 2021/22 Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence announced

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Eight incoming master's students at the University of Waterloo have each been awarded a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, valued at $17,500, from the Vector Institute.

Monday, May 10, 2021

PhD graduate awarded 2021 Mathematics Doctoral Prize

Nashid Shahriar and Raouf Boutaba

Dr. Nashid Shahriar has won the 2021 Mathematics Doctoral Prize. Now in its third year, these prestigious awards are conferred annually to recognize the achievements of top graduating and graduated doctoral students in the Faculty of Mathematics.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Is The Success of AI Dependent on Social Understanding and Cooperative Intelligence?

Kate Larson

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Kate Larson and her international colleagues have published a commentary in Nature about the need for cooperative artificial intelligence — beneficial AI with social understanding.

AI assistants and recommendation algorithms interact with billions of people every day, yet they have little understanding of humans. Professor Larson and her colleagues argue that AI needs social understanding and cooperative intelligence to integrate beneficially into society.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prioritizing experience

Sacha Tihanyi

When Sacha Tihanyi was halfway through an undergraduate economics degree at Laurentian University, he recognized a budding passion for mathematics. “I had many broad interests in school, but something flipped for me during that program, and I knew I needed to do a whole different degree focused on math,” he remembered. “I chose Waterloo because it had a reputation as the best mathematics school in Canada.”

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Does a curious robot elicit curiousness and promote learning in humans?

Nalin Chhibbe and Dr. Edith Law

Eliciting curiosity — the intrinsic desire to explore and to find new information — enhances learning, promotes information-seeking and improves memory. Understanding how to elicit and maintain curiosity in students could help us design educational robots that stimulate interest, engagement and a quest for knowledge.

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