Fall Convocation

Congratulations to the School of Computing grads who convocated in Grant Hall this morning. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!


Photos by Doug Martin

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KHSC and Queen’s to become First in North America to Use iKnife


(Image by Matthew Manor)

From KGH Connect:

Every few years a new piece of technology is released that can dramatically change the way medical teams provide care to their patients. Now, Canadian surgeons and researchers have partnered with a team in the U.K. to develop a tool that will transform the way cancer is surgically removed in the future.

During surgery, medical teams balance the need to remove all of a tumour, while at the same time not removing too much healthy tissue. In the operating room this is often complicated by the fact that tumours do not have smooth edges.

“Often a patient will ask after surgery if we were able to remove all the cancer,” says Dr. John Rudan, head of the Department of Surgery at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Queen’s University. “Sometimes it’s hard to tell if all the cancer has been removed until the tissue is tested in a lab. This can mean that patients may have to undergo a second surgery if some of the tumour was missed. We hope our new tool will one day help solve this problem.”

The tool, known as the NaviKnife, combines an “intelligent” surgical tool called the iKnife, developed at Imperial College in London, England, with real-time mapping capability developed at Queen’s. The iKnife, which heats and cauterizes tissue as it cuts, uses mass spectrometry to analyze the smoke that is produced from each cut and can ‘smell’ if the tissue was cancerous.

Read the whole article: http://www.kgh.on.ca/kghconnect/news/kingston-teams-involved-creation-new-surgical-technology

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Dr. Fichtinger Talks to CKWS News About the Perk Lab’s iKnife

CKWS News featured the Perk Lab’s iKnife. Gabor Fichtinger says that technology like the ‘iKnife’ is on the leading edge of the surgical profession.

For the whole story, see: https://globalnews.ca/news/3853783/doctors-at-queens-university-get-a-glimpse-at-how-iknife-could-change-how-cancers-are-removed/

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Perk Lab featured in Voice of the City

Perk Lab hosted a double visit by both Mayor Paterson and MPP Kiwala on August 10, 2017. The visit was a solid team effort and went spectacularly. The visit is even featured in the city’s semiannual news “Voice of the City”!

You can view the full article here.

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Computing Alumni Panel Held at Homecoming 2017

On Friday October 13th, a group of Alumni from the School of Computing presented a panel session to share their experiences in the field. Panelists included the following alumni:

Danielle Pace (’07) – PhD student, Computer Science, MIT
Danielle is a Biomedical Computing Alum. After completing a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Western, she then worked for 3 years as a R&D Engineer in Medical Computing at Kitware Inc. in North Carolina. She is currently working on her PhD in medical image analysis at MIT.

Jing Xiang (’08) – Post-doctoral Researcher, Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
Jing is a Queen’s Biomedical Computing Alum. She then went on to do her Master’s in medical imaging at the University of British Columbia. She recently finished her PhD working at the intersection of machine learning and computational genomics at CMU, and is continuing for a post-doc there. She is a climber, skier and is also interested in photography and visual art.

Nick Laan (’08) – Computer Science Teacher, Limestone District School Board
Nick is a Queen’s Biomedical Computing alum. He got is B. Ed. at Queen’s in 2009. As part of his undergraduate degree Nick spent a year working at IBM. in Toronto for their e-Commerce division. In the education field he has experience teaching computer programming, computer engineering, math, science, lego robot competitions, Ontario skills competitions, arduino’s, raspberry pi’s and working with at risk youth.

Suchita Ganesan (’16) – Software Developer, Zeligsoft
Suchita is a Queen’s Computing alum. She completed her undergrad in Computer Science & Engineering from Chennai, India in 2014. She went on to pursue her masters in computing, specializing in software modeling from the MASE (Modeling & Analysis in Software Engineering) research lab at Queen’s. She currently works as a Software Developer at Zeligsoft in Gatineau.

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Queen’s Computing Newsletter 2017 Now Available

The 2017 Queen’s Computing Newsletter is now available. View it below, download the PDF, or look for it in print in the Goodwin 5th floor foyer or the main office.

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Queen’s Computing at the Ontario University Fair

Staff and student volunteers returned this week after a successful showing at the Ontario University Fair in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The level of interest in Computing was phenomenal.

As always, Computing was well-represented, with faculty, staff, and many student volunteers:

  • Wendy Powley
  • Karen Knight
  • Ben Hall
  • Grace Underwood
  • Alex Wojaczek
  • Mark Asselin
  • Hillary Lia
  • Tiffany Chan

This year’s OUF saw almost 140,000 students attend over the three days. (Over 33,000 on Friday, nearly 60,000 on Saturday, and almost 50,000 on the Sunday.)

This was Karen’s first trip to the OUF, arriving on the evening of the add/drop date, no less. She did a fantastic job for the School at the OUF, and arranged for the volunteers. She and Wendy both spent all day Saturday, the busiest day, at the OUF.

 

Photos by Ben Hall

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Afternoon of Appreciation for Selim Akl

Faculty, staff, students, and friends gathered at the University Club on Thursday afternoon to celebrate Selim Akl, his achievements, and his service to the School.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended last Thursday’s event,” Akl said. “It was wonderful to see all your smiling faces on this happy occasion. Your presence meant a great deal to me. Thank you also to those who sent regrets for the kind thoughts they expressed.”

Speakers at the event included Tom Bradshaw, Alex Wojaczek, Roel Vertegaal, and current Director Hossam Hassanein, who presented Akl with a gift from the School. We wish Selim all the best in his future endeavors.

 

Photos by Doug Martin

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Gehan Selim, Jim Cordy and Juergen Dingel Awarded Best Paper at MODELS 2017

Congrats to Gehan Selim, Jim Cordy and Juergen Dingel who were awarded a Best Paper award for their Foundations Track paper, “How is ATL really used? Language feature use in the ATL Zoo” at MODELS 2017, the 20th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, in Austin, Texas.

MODELS is the premiere international conference in model-driven engineering.

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New Arts & Science Dean Barbara Crow Visits the School of Computing

On Wednesday, incoming dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science Barbara Crow, along with Associate Dean Nick Mosey, visited the School for a tour of the Perk, Medical Informatics, Human Media, and EQUIS labs.

“I appreciated the breadth of your areas of study and commitment to Computing,” Crow said. “I was very impressed with the Labs and how articulate the students were about their participation in research projects.”

 

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