Dear Alumni & Friends:

Department of computer science celebrates 50 years

Please join us for an alumni reception and BBQ celebrating 50 years of the Department of Computer Science on Thursday, June 18 at Hart House. Reconnect with former classmates and faculty and be part of this special event marking 50 years of computer science!

As part of the celebration, we will hear from esteemed alumnus, Ed Lazowska (PhD 1977).

Ed holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He serves as the Founding Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute and Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium.

Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:30 p.m. remarks & keynote | 7 to 9 p.m. BBQ
Location: Hart House Great Hall & Quad (rain or shine), 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON (Map)


We hope you will join us!


Sven Dickinson
Professor & Chair

Beatrice Worsley DCS 50 DCS Women

DCS 50: Women's Luncheon & Lecture for MSc, MScAC and PhD alumnae

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations on June 18, we welcome our female graduate alumnae to join us for a reunion and guest lecture by Joanna McGrenere (PhD 2002), Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia.

A great opportunity to reunite with faculty and fellow female graduates at this special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Department and DCS Women.

Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Location: Hart House, Music Room, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON (Map)

CLICK HERE TO RSVP or contact alumni@cs.toronto.ca for more information.

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DCS Innovation Lab

Call for mentors: Arts & Science Entrepreneurship Program

The Department of Computer Science’s Innovation Lab offers an intensive 12-week entrepreneurship course.

Each team will be paired with one to two mentors who can provide guidance on the team’s chosen technology stack and also give feedback on process and software development. DCSIL is looking for mentors who can provide up to 10 hours of mentorship each term the program is offerred.

If you'd like to be a DCSIL alumni mentor, you can register here.

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Photo: Diane Horton, Senior Lecturer, Julie Chan, IBM and Paul Gries, Senior Lecturer and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies

Alumna and mentor Julie Chan (BSc 1982) recognized by IBM for her volunteer service

The Department has been awarded a 2015 IBM Community Grant in recognition of the continuing volunteerism of IBM employee, Julie Chan (BSc 1982).

IBM applauds Julie for her volunteer involvement and the valuable service she provides.

The funds will be used to support the computer science mentorship program.

Read more about Julie's volunteer work with computer science

Photo: Diane Horton, Senior Lecturer, Julie Chan, IBM and Paul Gries, Senior Lecturer and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies

Photo of tax forms

Law & computer science collaborate to change the future of legal research

App supported by IBM Watson can help answer complex tax questions.

Photo: Swire via Flickr

Eric Khoury and Jackson Wang

Game-changing work with the NBA

Jackson Wang is improving the tools the NBA's Toronto Raptors use for their game analysis. Wang’s supervisor, Professor Richard Zemel, introduced him to Eric Khoury, coordinator of basketball operations and analytics for the Raptors

. [Also featured in Metro News]

screenshot of Pitfall Planet, winner of best overall game at 2015 Level Up

Computer science and OCAD U students collaborate on game design,

Level Up offers members of the public the chance to check out 80 interactive projects from 16 different institutions. The event is co-founded and co-organized by Senior Lecturer Steve Engels.

Pitfall Plant, a game designed by a team of students from computer science and OCAD U, won best overall game at the showcase. Another computer science and OCAD U collaboration, Afterlife, won the people's choice award.

President Meric Gertler and Paul Gries

Research in Action 2015

Game on! U of T President Meric Gertler visited the department's research showcase on April 15, where he got a chance to play Level Up 2015 winner Pitfall Plant, with Senior Lecturer and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Paul Gries.

Photo: Jacklyn Atlas

Sami Sidddique pitches to CBC's Dragon's Den

PhD candidate pitches to CBC's Dragon's Den

PhD candidate Sami Siddique appeared on CBC's Dragon's Den this April.

Synaptop allows people to interact together online, in real time, regardless of platform or device, including collaborating via cloud or watching movies together.

How did his pitch to the Dragons go? Watch the video

Professor Geoffrey Hinton

How a U of T Professor’s research revolutionized artificial intelligence

Professor Geoffrey Hinton has spent decades studying neural networks, a model for artificial intelligence that's now on the cutting edge of research in Silicon Valley. [Toronto Star]

Photo: Noah Berger for the Toronto Star

As we celebrate the Department’s 50th anniversary, two new funds – Computer Science 50th Anniversary Innovation Fund and the Computer Science 50th Anniversary Graduate Scholarship – will expand learning opportunities, improve research and development capacities and nurture entrepreneurship.

We thank our alumni and friends for their support.

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