David Skillicorn in Yahoo News Discussing Midland, Ontario Hacking

David Skillicorn was featured in a Yahoo Canada article talking about how the town of Midland, Ontario could have prevented their data from being held ransom by a hacker.

You can read the full article here.

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Ahmed Hassan Named New member of the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor Ahmed Hassan for being elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the most senior and prestigious academic society in Canada. See posting at https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/royal-round?utm_source=e-queens-gazette_faculty

Ahmed and other elected scholars will be formally inducted as Fellows and Members of the College at the RSC’s Celebration of Excellent and Engagement, Nov. 15-18, in Halifax.

Well done Ahmed.

(Photo by Martin Lipman/NSERC)

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Human Media Lab’s Rollable Tablet – MagicScroll – in the News

The Human Media Lab was featured on the BBC, TechCrunch, Kingston Herald, Gadgetify, and other publications this week with their rollable tablet phone – MagicScroll. The device can be rolled like a Rolodex to select contacts and unfurled to get a better view or to type.

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Marwa Afifi and Dr. Mohammad Zulkernine Receive Best Paper Award at ICSSA

Congratulations to Marwa Afifi and Dr. Mohammad Zulkernine. Their paper “Integrating Security in Cloud Application Development Cycle” received best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Software Security and Assurance (ICSSA), Seoul, Korea, July 2018.

Well done.

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Dr. Farhana Zulkernine Receives Funding for PTSD Research

Dr. Farhana Zulkernine (with Dr. Alex Singer from the University of Manitoba and Dr. Don Richardson from Western University) received funding from IBM Canada Ltd. (IBM) and Mitacs, through the Advanced Analytics Initiative, a research initiative launched in partnership with CIMVHR (Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research) and IBM. The research will develop text mining and machine learning techniques to identify the symptoms of PTSD and suicidal tendencies from patients’ data.

The project title is “Using Advanced Analytics to Understand PTSD in Family Practice and Specialty Cate.”

Congratulations!!

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New Tier 2 Canada Research Chair Position in Biomedical Computing and Informatics Announced

The School of Computing, Faculty of Arts and Science and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University invite applications for a joint tenure-track faculty position as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Computing and Informatics, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2019. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon the level of experience of the successful candidate. This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University.

For more information, see: http://flux.cs.queensu.ca/employment/2018/06/05/school-of-computing-tier-2-canada-research-chair-in-biomedical-computing-and-informatics/

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Tenth Annual School of Computing Awards

School Director Hossam Hassanein hosted the Tenth Annual Queen’s School of Computing Awards ceremony following today’s convocation ceremony. The awards were created to recognize excellence in various forms of endeavour, an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of those in the school who distinguished themselves through their exceptional work, and as an opportunity to say thank you to those who made a difference in School life.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Howard Staveley Teaching Award in Recognition of Teaching Excellence: Randy Ellis
  • Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award: Taylor Smith
  • Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award: Hanyang Hu
  • Ph.D. Research Achievement Award: Mojtaba Bagherzadeh and Shahrear Iqbal
  • Student Distinguished Service Award: Emily Crawford and Hillary Lia

Also honoured this year were the Computing medal recipient Chung Yi Joey Sun, and the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award winner Max Garcia, both presented earlier at convocation.
 

Photos by Doug Martin

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Convocation 2018

Congratulations to the Computing Class of 2018 who graduated in this morning’s convocation ceremony in Grant Hall. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!


Photos by Doug Martin

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Dr. James Cordy and QSC Alum Dr. Chanchal Roy Win Their Second Most Influential Paper This Year at ICPC 2018

Congratulations to Prof. James Cordy and School alumnus Prof. Chanchal Roy of the University of Saskatchewan on winning their *second* ten-year Most Influential Paper award of 2018, at ICPC 2018 this week in Gothenburg, Sweden.

ICPC 2018, the 26th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension, is the premier international venue for work in the area of computer program comprehension. It encompasses both human activities for comprehending the software and technologies for supporting such comprehension.

Their ICPC 2008 research paper, “NiCad: Accurate Detection of Near-Miss Intentional Clones Using Flexible Pretty-Printing and Code Normalization” was chosen from among all those published at ICPC 2008 for its lasting impact on research over the past decade. Among other things, the committee noted that “The impact of NiCad goes quite beyond the ICPC community. NiCad set a research program that continues to this day across several research groups.”

Most Influential Paper (MIP) awards are the hallmark of lasting research impact in software engineering. Earlier this year Profs. Roy and Cordy won another MIP award at SANER 2018, the 25th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, the premier international conference on the theory and practice of recovering information from existing software and systems. One MIP is a distinction – two in one year is a truly exceptional achievement!

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Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program Visits the Queen’s School of Computing

The School of Computing at Queen’s University hosted members of the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program to a workshop of video game development and virtual storytelling, April 13 and April 26. The workshop formed part of the Storying Resilience partnership project co-organized by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. Youth were invited to learn about the creation of interactive computer programs, such as games. The participants explored the Scratch programming language, and used it to create fun, interactive experiences. The sessions were led by MSc student Paul Allison and Prof. Nicholas Graham.

Photos by Garrett Elliott and Doug Martin

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