Otman Benchekroun leads the first iteration of DGP Academy

Otman Benchekroun led the creation of the first DGP Academy, which offers high school students the opportunity to engage in hands-on computer graphics activities and get a comprehensive view of graduate studies. Students learned about topics ranging from 3D printing to linear algebra and calculus. You can learn more about the event here: https://web.cs.toronto.edu/news-events/news/dgp-academy-high-school-students-outreach.

Prof. Buxton appointed to the Order of Canada

Congratulations to Prof. Buxton, who has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his work in HCI and user-centred design! Prof. Buxton has been a member of the DGP since the early years of the group and has published and collaborated with students and faculty here in the decades since. There is a great write-up of Bill’s history with the department and DGP on the Computer Science website and the official announcement of his appointment on the Governor General’s page.

Prof. Williams and students win XPRIZE Digital Learning Challenge

The Adaptive Experimentation Accelerator team, led by University of Toronto Assistant Professor Joseph Jay Williams, has won the $500,000 (USD) grand prize in the XPRIZE Digital Learning Challenge, a global competition to modernize, accelerate, and improve the identification of effective learning tools and processes. The team also includes graduate students Ilya MusabirovMohi RezaPan Chen, and Harsh Kumar, as well as collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University and North Carolina State University. Learn more about the team, the competition, and their project in this article.

Prof. Jacobson awarded Sloan Fellowship

This year’s 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship award recipients include dgp’s Prof. Alec Jacobson!  In UofT’s Computer Science dept. both Prof. Jacobson and Prof. Duvenaud were chosen for this award.  Computer Science’s website has a write-up of the award here.