Awards And Honors


Best Paper Award


The School of Computing Science has a distinguished faculty complement. Their work has been recognized by numerous awards from many academicand industrial organizations over a long period of time.  

You can explore some of these awards by clicking on one of the tabs on the right. 


  • Vaswani, S., Bachem, O., Totaro, S., Mueller, R., Garg, S., Geist, M., Machado, M., Castro, P, and Le Roux, N. "A General Class of Surragate Functions for Stable and Efficient Reinforcement Learning." (2021). Awarded Honourable Mention at AISTATS 2022. 
  • Zahirnia, K., Schulte, O., Li, K., Sakhuja, A, and Naddaf, P. "Deep Learning of Latent Edge Types from Relational Data." (2022). Awarded Best Student Paper at Canadian AI Conference 2022.


  • Aghaei, H, and Funt, B. "A Flying Gray Ball Multi-illuminant Image Dataset for Color Research." (2020). In Journal of Imaging Science and Technology 64. Awarded The Charles E. Ives Journal Award in 2021. 
  • Mirikharaji, Z., Abhishek, K., Izadi, S, and Hamarneh, G. "D-LEMA: Deep Learning Ensembles from Multiple Annotations - Application to Skin Lesion Segmentation." (2021). Awarded Best Paper at Skin Image Analysis Workshop at CVPR 2021.
  • Wang, X., Qu, C., Wu, W., Wang, J., and Zhou, Q. "Are We Ready For Learned Cardinality Estimation?" (2021). Awarded Best Experiments, Analysis & Benchmark Paper Award at VLDB 2021. 
  • Willet, W., Aseniero, Bon., Carpendale, S., Dragicevic, P., Jansen, Y., Oehlberg, L, and Isenberg, P. "Perception! Immersion! Empowerment! Superpowers as Inspiration for Visualization." (2021). Awarded Best Paper at IEEE VIS 2021.



  • Vermette, L., McGrenere, J, and Chilana, P. "Peek-through Customization: Example-Based In-Context Sharing for Learning Management Systems." (2020). Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2020). Best Paper Honorable Mention Award.
  • Ashtari, N., Bunt, A., McGrenere, J., Nebeling, M., and Chilana, P. "Creating Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications: Current Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities." (2020). ACM CHI best paper award.
  • Chen, Z., Tagliasacchi, A, and Zhang, H"BSP-Net: Generating Compact Meshes via Binary Space Partitioning." (2020). CVPR Oral. Best Student Paper Award. 
  • Patil, A., Ben-Eliezer, O., Perel, O, and Averbuch-Elor, H. "READ: Recursive Autoencoders for Document Layout Generation." (2020). CVPR. Best Paper.
  • Scott, S., Carpendale, S., and Inkpen, K. "Territoriality in collaborative tabletop workspaces." In Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, pp. 294-303. (2004). 2020 ACM CSCW Lasting Impact Award.
  • Aseniero, B., Perin, C., Willett, W., Tang, A, and Carpendale, S. "Activity River: Visualizing Planned and Logged Personal Activities for Reflection." In Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI). (2020). Best Paper, Honorable Mention.
  • Rajabiyazdi, F., Perin, C., Oehlberg, L, and Carpendale, S. "Exploring the Design of Patient-Generated Data Visualizations." In Graphics Interface (GI). Canadian Information Processing Society. (2020). Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) Journal Selection Paper Award.


  • S. Fickling, A. Smith, G. Pawlowski, S. Hajra, C. Liu, K. Farrell, … R. D’Arcy, Brain vital signs detect concussion-related neurophysiological impairments in ice hockeyBrain142 (2), 255–262. (2019). Editor's choice, Brain.
  • M. Hegazy, K. Diab, M. Saeedi, B. Ivanovic, I. Amer, Y. Liu, … M. Hefeeda. Content-aware video encoding for cloud gaming. Proceedings of the 10th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference on - MMSys 19. (2019).
  • O. Alharbi, A. Arif, W. Stuerzlinger, M. Dunlop, A. Komninos. WiseType: A Tablet Keyboard with Color-Coded Visualization and Various Editing Options for Error Correction. (2019). Michael A. J. Sweeney Award for Best Student Paper at Graphics Interface Conference.
  • Walny, J., Frisson, C., West, M., Kosminsky, D., Knudsen, S, and Carpendale, S. "Data Changes Everything: Challenges and Opportunities in Data Visualization Design Handoff." (2019). IEEE Computer Society Press Best Paper Award.





  • Ding, K., Liu, L., van de Panne, M, and Yin, K. "Learning Reduced-Order Feedback Policies for Motion Skills." Proceeding at ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2015. SCA Best Paper Award.
  • Walny, J., Huron, S, and Carpendale, S. "An Exploratory Study of Data Sketching for Visual Representation." (2015). Computer Graphics Forum. 34 (3): 231-240. Best Paper, Honorable Mention.
  • Lee, B., Smith, G., Riche, N., Karlson, A, and Carpendale, S. "SketchInsight: Natural Data Exploration on Interactive Whiteboards Leveraging Pen and Touch Interaction." (2015). Proceedings of the IEEE Conference Pacific Visualization. pages 199-206. Best Paper.





  • Haber, J., Lynch, S, and Carpendale, S. "ColourVis: exploring colour usage in paintings over time." (2011). In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging, pp 105-112, ACM Press. Best Paper.
  • Dörk, M., Carpendale, S, and Williamson, C. "EdgeMaps: Visualizing Explicit and Implicit Relations." In Proceedings of VDA 2011: Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis. IS&T/SPIE. (2011). Best Paper.