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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mathematics graduate students awarded Huawei, Muray Martin Prizes for Outstanding Research Papers

Sam Harris and Bill Zhang

The Faculty of Mathematics recognizes three graduate students for their outstanding research papers. Sam Harris from Pure Mathematics and Ahmad Abdi from Combinatorics and Optimization each receive the 2018 Huawei prize, while Michael Cormier from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science wins the Murray Martin prize. The three PhD award winners include:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Researchers find new way of exploring the afterglow from the Big Bang

Achim Kempf with the Pope
Researchers have developed a new way to improve our knowledge of the Big Bang by measuring radiation from its afterglow, called the cosmic microwave background radiation. The new results predict the maximum bandwidth of the universe, which is the maximum speed at which any change can occur in the universe.
 
The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is a reverberation or afterglow left from when the universe was about 300,000 years old. It was first discovered in 1964 as a ubiquitous faint noise in radio antennas.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WiCS receives 2018 Equity and Inclusivity Award

Saadiya Desai, Helen (Shiqi) Yang, Anna Lorimer, Arshia Mufti, Fatema Boxwala, Professor Jo Atlee

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo’s Equity Committee has awarded a 2018 Equity and Inclusivity Award to Women in Computer Science — a group of dedicated undergrad students, graduate students and faculty members that promotes women who are interested in studying computer science and who are pursuing careers in computing.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Optimization techniques guide surgeons at SickKids

A section of an infant’s skull cut, cut and reshaped into a natural curve

Waterloo graduate student David Qian, under the guidance of the Faculty of Mathematics’ Ricardo Fukasawa and Jochen Koenemann, introduced optimization techniques based on integer and dynamic programming to surgeons at SickKids hospital. By applying mathematical optimization algorithms, Qian and team advised doctors on the best surgical cut points to minimize the volume-difference between the surgically modified skull, and an ideal skull.

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.

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