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Wpg Free Press: U of M study examining effects of robots on human mental health

MAY 20, 2021 — As the Winnipeg Free Press reports: Can robots curb human loneliness and boost mental health? A team of Winnipeg researchers is hoping to find out. A 10-week study from the University of Manitoba’s human-computer interactions lab will look at the impact of a social robot on a person’s mental health. The study will use...

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Data Science Conference and Student Challenge Nexus 2021

The Faculty of Science is hosting a virtual Data Science Conference and Student Challenge, Nexus 2021, Bridging Academia and Industry, May 19-21,2021. The virtual conference will explore new and emerging trends in Digital Agriculture (May 19), Public Health (May 20), Transportation and Logistics, (May 21). Full-Conference Registration (three days) includes access to all keynote presentations and three additional presentations per day....

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Ph.D. student Daniel Rea wins Bill Buxton Dissertation Award

Ph.D. student Daniel Rea. Photo credit Kira Koop. The Bill Buxton Dissertation Award is given out annually to one outstanding doctoral dissertation in the Human-Computer Interaction research area of Computing Science. It is presented by the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society. This is the first year that the award has been granted to a member of...

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Ambassadors of science – new science communications course

In his 1374 epic poem “Troilus and Criseyde”, Geoffrey Chaucer offered up the following observation:  “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” The idea that big things come from small beginnings is a concept of which Christina Penner is well aware. The Computer Science instructor received notice of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada...

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Arctic Research Foundation partners with UM and RRC to revolutionize public access to big Arctic data

A new partnership between the University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC), and the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF) is setting out to unlock the big data secrets previously hidden in Canada’s Arctic. Ralph Dueck and Reynard Dela Torre from RRC’s applied computer education department and Carson Leung in computer science in the UM Faculty...

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2020 Virtual Faculty of Science Graduation Video Launch

Join the Faculty of Science on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 3 PM and celebrate the Class of 2020! 2020 Graduation Video Celebration Monday, June 22, 2020, at 3PM (CDT) The video features faculty and alumni including: Dr. Jim Peebles, 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics & JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter William Prince + more). Be...

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Industry and U of M collaborate to bridge data science skills gap

On Thursday, February 27, 2020 industry and government partners came together in downtown Winnipeg to discuss data science challenges facing today’s businesses, both locally and beyond. Data science has emerged as a significant influencer in nearly every sector of our global economy. The current challenge facing businesses is recruiting sufficiently skilled data scientists to be...

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University students solve world problems at Invent for the Planet competition

On Feb. 14-16, the University of Manitoba hosted Invent for the Planet 2020, an international idea and design competition open to all post-secondary students in Manitoba. In a span of 48 hours, seven teams of up to seven students each from Brandon University, the University of Winnipeg and UM all competed to develop innovative solutions...

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Faculty of Science celebrates 50 years

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba celebrates 50 years as an independent faculty in 2020. We pay tribute to 50 years of first class science education, research, discovery and invention and, encouraged by increasing awareness that science is for everyone, we look forward to the next 50 years. We invite you to...

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UM Computer Science Team Achieve 2nd Place Finish in Prestigious Robotics Competition Overseas

Congratulations to Professor John Anderson’s Computer Science lab for its’ spectacular 2nd place finish in this year’s Humanoid Application Challenge at the 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). One of the largest and most impactful robot research conferences in the world, this years’ IROS was held in Macau, China from November...