Professor Yevgeny Liokumovich awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics
February 16, 2021
Professor Liokumovich is awarded a prestigious Sloan Fellowship among the 128 brightest young researchers of the US and Canada. This award is given to early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
Elisheva Gamse and Sadia Sharmin selected as the recipients of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member, 2018-19
October 22, 2019
We are delighted to announce that Elisheva Gamse, the Postdoctoral Fellow, and Sadia Sharmin, Sessional Instructor, have been selected as the winners of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2018-19.
Daniel Zingaro receives UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty
October 17, 2019
Congratulations go out to Daniel Zingaro, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, for receiving the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching by a junior faculty member. Please read more here: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/vp-research/teaching-excellence-award-faculty
Andrew Petersen receives a prestigious OCUFA Teaching Award
October 1, 2019
Andrew Petersen, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). He will receive a 2018-2019 OCUFA Teaching Award at an Oct. 19 ceremony in Toronto. This award recognizes dedicated and passionate teachers and mentors who make exceptional contributions to the quality of higher education in Ontario:
Sadia Sharmin, Professors Daniel Zingaro, and Lisa Zhang receive Program Chair's Award at CompEd 2019
May 24, 2019
This award is given to the best conference paper where the first author is a student. This work investigates the effect of using open-ended, exploratory assignments in an introductory computer science course. The paper is available here: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3309532.
Daniel Zingaro receives Research and Teaching awards
April 3, 2019
Daniel Zingaro and his colleagues are recognized with a SIGCSE Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time award. "The ACM SIGCSE Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time Award recognizes the outstanding papers published in the first 49 Proceedings of the Annual ACM Technical Symposium." The paper is a multi-national, multi-institutional study of the benefits of the Peer Instruction (PI) pedagogy in computer science. The paper is available here: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2844642 and more information about the award is here: https://www.acm.org/media-center/2019/march/sigcse-top-10-papers.
Daniel Zingaro and his colleagues are awarded the Third-Best Research Paper at SIGCSE 2019 for their paper "Exploring the Value of Different Data Sources for Predicting Student Performance in Multiple CS Courses". The paper is available here: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3287407.
Finally, Daniel Zingaro is a recipient of the 2018-19 University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award. "The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation." Read more here and here.
Remus Radu and Timothy Yusun selected as the recipients of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member, 2017-18
We are delighted to announce that Remus Radu, the Postdoctoral Fellow, and Timothy Yusun, Sessional Lecturer, have been selected as the winners of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2017-18.
Arul Shankar selected as the recipient of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship.
It is our pleasure to announce that Arul Shankar has been named as one of the 2018 recipients of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship awarded annually to 126 early-career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Luai Al Labadi selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2016-17
June 20, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Luai Al Labadi has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2016-17.
Tobias Hurth selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2015-16
July 15, 2016
We are delighted to announce that Tobias Hurth has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2015-16.
Daniel Zingaro won SIGCSE Best Paper Award
February 18, 2016
Daniel Zingaro and seven colleagues across multiple institutions and countries have won the SIGCSE 2016 best paper award. The paper is a multi-national, multi-institutional study of the benefits of the Peer Instruction (PI) pedagogy in computer science. The paper is available here: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2844642
Marina Tvalavadze selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014-15
August 5, 2015
We are delighted to announce that Marina Tvalavadze has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2014-15.
Milivoje Lukic selected as the recipient of an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Teaching for 2014-15
August 5, 2015
We are delighted to announce that Milivoje Lukic has been selected as the recipient of an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2014-15.
Andrew Petersen Appointed 2015 President's Teaching Recipient
June 2, 2015
We are proud to announce that Andrew Petersen has received a University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award.
This award is the highest honour for teaching at the University of Toronto. It recognizes sustained excellence and innovation in teaching, research on pedagogy, and the integration of teaching and research. Recipients of the President's Teaching Award are designated as members of the Teaching Academy for a period of five years and receive an annual professional development allowance of $10,000 for five years.
Daniel Wigdor won the 2015 Sloan Fellowship
February 26, 2015
We are delighted to announce that Daniel Wigdor of our department has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards that recognize early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise in the United States and Canada. Read more here.
Michael Yampolsky won Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2014
November 11, 2014
We are proud to announce that Michael Yampolsky has won a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2014. The fellowship provides funds to extend a semester-long research leave to a full year, increase creativity, and provide intellectual stimulation.
Anthony Bonner won the 20-year Test of Time Award
November 11, 2014
The 1993 paper "Transaction Logic Programming" by Tony Bonner of our department and his collaborator Michael Kifer from Stony Brook won the prestigious 20-year Test of Time Award of the Association for Logic Programming (ALP).
Daniel Zingaro won ICER Best Paper Award
August 18, 2014
A paper Daniel Zingaro wrote (with Leo Porter and Ray Lister) has won the ICER Best Pater Award. ICER is computer science education's top research-focused conference. Click here to find out more information.
Daniel Wigdor won the Ontario Early Researcher Award
July 24, 2014
Daniel Wigdor has won the Ontario Early Researcher Award, a prestigious award that provides government funding to build a research team.
Konstantin Khanin selected to receive the 2014-15 UTM Excellence Award for faculty
July 24, 2014
We are happy to announce that Konstantin Khanin has been selected to receive the 2014-2015 UTM Excellence Award for Faculty in recognition of the breadth, impact, and excellence of his research.
Kostya has been making deep and lasting contributions in a broad range of areas, including dynamical systems, probability and ergodic theory, the theory of turbulence, and statistical physics.
Jose Malagon-Lopez selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2013-14
December 6, 2014
We are happy to announce that Jose Malagon-Lopez has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2013-14.
Jaimal Thind selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2012-13
August 26, 2013
We are happy to announce that Jaimal Thind has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2012-13.
Konstantin Khanin won Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2013
We are proud to announce that Konstantin Khanin has won a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2013. The fellowship provides funds to extend a semester-long research leave to a full year, increase creativity, and provide intellectual stimulation.
Professor Vinod Vaikuntanathan awarded a Sloan Fellowship for 2013
February 19, 2013
As you all know Sloan Fellowship is a very prestigious award. Established in 1955 it aims to "provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars" in physics, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, economics, computer science, and molecular biology.
Vinod has already performed groundbreaking work in the area of "homomorphic encryption," a technique that allows one to compute on encrypted data and that has many applications, most notably to Cloud Computing. This fellowship will help Vinod to improve, expand upon and generalize these ideas in ways that will have wide-ranging uses, including applications to code obfuscation and copy-protection of programs.
Andrew Petersen won Best Zone Paper for 2011 ASEE Annual Conference Best Paper Awards
November 6, 2012
Professor Andrew Petersen won the University of Toronto Mississauga's Teaching Excellence Award!
August 8, 2012
In August 2012, it was announced by the Vice President and Principal Deep Saini, that Andrew Petersen, along with Professor Joseph Leydon from the department of Geography, was selected as the joint recipients of the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty.
This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching. The selection committee felt that Andrew's teaching effectiveness was demonstrated by the degree to which he is able to stimulate and challenge the intellectual ability of students, to communicate academic material effectively, and to maintain a mastery of his subject areas.
Charlie Rackoff won the 2011 RSA Conference Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics
February 15, 2011
Established in 1998, the RSA Conference Awards are presented to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in the field of cryptography, public policy, and information security. The RSA Conference Award for Mathematics recognizes innovation and ongoing contribution to the field of cryptography.
From the citation: Rackoff's research interests are in computational complexity. For some time now he has been specializing in Cryptography, Security, and Security protocols. He was a co-originator of the important concepts of "interactive proofs" and "zero-knowledge proofs," for which he co-won the 1993 Godel Prize.
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Dr. Valentin Blomer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Toronto Mississauga has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
February 20, 2008
The Sloan Research Fellowship awards are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members (in American and Canadian University and Colleges) in specified fields of science which include chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.
The Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded since 1955, initially in only three scientific fields: physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Since then, 35 Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in their fields; and 14 have received the Fields Medal, the top honour in mathematics.
Professor Yael Karshon awarded the 2009 Krieger-Nelson Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society
January 4, 2008
The Krieger-Nelson Prize recognizes outstanding research by a female mathematician.
Dr. Yael Karshon is one of Canada's leading experts in symplectic geometry. Symplectic geometry is the geometry underlying classical mechanics and has close relations with quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The tools of symplectic geometry appear in algebraic geometry and representation theory, and in connection with convex polytopes. Symplectic spaces arising in physics and mathematics often admit many symmetries.
Dr. Karshon's work has focused on symmetries of symplectic manifolds, formalized as Hamiltonian group actions. She has obtained deep results on the classification of such structures. One of her significant contributions is the idea of "abstract moment maps", which are maps between (not necessarily symplectic) manifolds with group actions, and which generalize moment maps on symplectic manifolds. She is the author (jointly with Guillemin and Ginzburg) of an authoritative monograph that provides new connections between moment maps, cobordisms, and Hamiltonian group actions. Some of her recent work is in symplectic topology, involving symplectic capacities and symplectomorphism groups.
Dr. Karshon completed her PhD in 1993 under the supervision of Shlomo Sternberg at Harvard and then held a CLE Moore Instructorship at MIT. In 1995, she moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she obtained tenure. She joined the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2002 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006. In 2005, she received the University of Toronto's McLean Award, which is given each year to one faculty member in the mathematical or physical sciences or engineering, within 12 years of PhD Dr. Karshon takes pride in the achievements of her PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Karshon will present the 2009 Krieger-Nelson Prize Lecture at the CMS Summer Meeting in St. John's (June 2009).
Luis Seco honoured by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada on October 29, 2007, for his work in bringing university research to the marketplace
Luis Seco, a faculty member of the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, won a $25,000 Synergy Award for his collaboration with Algorithmics, a risk management company. Their partnership has yielded financial software that identifies and manages the risks involved in complex financial instruments. Seco and Algorithmics were the first to apply financial engineering — the confluence of math and computer science — to practical challenges within the financial industry.
Professor Arnold Rosenbloom won the University of Toronto Mississauga's Teaching Excellence Award!
In June 2007, it was announced by the Acting Vice President and Principal, Professor Cheryl Misak, that Arnold Rosenbloom was chosen as the recipient of the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching by a faculty member.
This was the second year in a row that a lecturer from Mathematical and Computational Sciences won this award. This department is very proud of this well-deserved honour received by Arnold.
This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Teaching effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the faculty member is able to stimulate and challenge the intellectual ability of students, to communicate academic material effectively, and to maintain a mastery of his/her subject areas. It also involves maintaining accessibility to students and the ability to influence the intellectual and scholarly development of students.
Professor Avner Magen awarded the Early Researcher Award
The Early Researcher Awards program (ERA) helps promising, recently appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, and associates. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent from around the world. Each researcher receives $140,000 funding through the program.
Valentin Blomer Awarded DFG 2005 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
March 18, 2005
The prize is presented annually to six young researchers in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in their field. Of the 94 candidates, this year's prizewinners include a mathematician, a botanist, a dermatologist, a Germanist, an astrophysicist, and an Anglicist. The prize represents both recognition of their scientific achievements to date as well as a stimulus to continue to excel in the future.
Yael Karshon awarded the 2005 McLean Award
The 2005 McLean Award, is presented by the Connaught Committee, which administers the Connaught Fund at the University of Toronto. The award is based on peer review and it recognizes an outstanding researcher at an early stage of his or her career.
Michael Yampolsky received PREA Award
Jan 8, 2002
Michael Yampolsky, Professor of Mathematics, was one of 34 university researchers in Ontario who earned the Premier's Research Excellence Award. Awarded by the Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity, and Innovation, the award recognizes scholarly ability, creativity, and excellence.