Wow, what a year it has been! Although I could not isolate the performance and delivery of RUCS from the vicissitudes of my personal life, I am nonetheless proud at long last to present the final product to you, dear reader, replete with the quintessential commentary known as a Letter from the Editor:
This year has been another successful incarnation of the RUCS journal, and I am happy to have expanded our journal’s reach nationwide, with publications from UBC and MIT. Additionally, we will be hosting an inaugural joint undergraduate research conference with TURCS (Toronto Undergraduate Research in Computer Science) this coming September. This can be found on our heavily-revamped website, which has undergone a redesign as part of my strategic vision to keep RUCS more active year-round.
To my excellent staff: Danya, Samir and Tyler, and Lynn, thank you so much for all the work you have done. Thank you very much to our faculty advisor Sam Toueg, as well as Kawin Ethayarajh and Julia Gilenko, our “editor-in-chief emeriti” whose hallowed company I will soon be eagerly joining. Together, their gestalt advice and experience has proved invaluable in managing the publication. We hope that RUCS continues to be a “first-page” result (our generation’s “household name”) when it comes to undergraduate computer science research at U of T, in Canada, and around the world.
As I type in the final keystrokes of this letter, I bring to a close an important chapter in both my personal and RUCS’ life. Looking forward, I have great optimism that next year’s editor will carry on RUCS’ burgeoning legacy and impact.
Standing on the shoulders of giants, I have no doubt that they will improve RUCS in ways that will keep you dear reader coming back to read next year’s publication.
John is a 4th year CS student at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. He is a big fan of undergrad research, and educational outreach in CS. He enjoys the twin branches of CS: the theory and the practice; the research conference and the hackathon; the NP reduction and the multithreading software engineering, and dichotomies in general. Outside of CS, his hobbies include chess, military history and board games.
Samir is in his fourth year at the University of Toronto, majoring in Computer Science and English. He enjoys good grammar and listening to Kanye West.
Nana is a third-year computer science student at the University of Toronto, focusing in AI. In her spare time, Nana enjoys reading French literature and playing the piano.
Osama is a Math Specialist Bachelor's degree graduate from the University of Toronto. He enjoys writing, programming, mathematics, and thinking creatively to develop new and useful ideas. He also enjoy meeting new people to form friendships.
Danya is a computer science specialist with an interest in AI and theory. She has an eclectic background, and formerly completed a degree in philosophy at U of T. Danya spends her free time reading novels, eating popcorn, and thinking about thinking.
Lynn is a third year student pursuing a double major in Computer Science and European Studies, and a minor in Russian. She hopes to learn many more languages - both computer and human ones - in the future.
Tyler is a 4th year student at UofT, specializing in computer science. He loves to stay active; whether it be in the gym, on the water paddling, or taking a hike to who knows where.