The School of Computing played host to our 9th Annual Invitational High School Programming Contest. This “Round 1” contest, run in cooperation with the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, is a feeder competition for the much larger Eastern Regional contest that we’ll be hosting next month.
In this meet, 12 teams of four students from five area schools attempted to solve four programming problems in three hours. Two of the teams in the competition comprised of all girls, resulting in more female participation, which the School is a proud champion of. In the end, Brockville Collegiate Institute’s Team 2 edged out Bayridge Secondary School’s team 3 to take first place. They and other top teams from their respective school board’s will move on to the Eastern Regional Contest, hosted once again here at Queen’s on April 27th. Congratulations, and good luck to those teams!
Thanks and well done to contest organizer, Richard Linley, and to Aaron Visser, Doug Martin, Erin Gunsinger, Carly Napier, and Tom Bradshaw for their help.
(Photos by Doug Martin and Aaron Visser)
Women have been making outstanding contributions across campus and it was just a matter of time before the efforts of Queen’s Women in Computing (QWIC) gained further recognition. On March 8th, 2019, QWIC was included in a short feature titled “Celebrating the Amazing Queen’s Women of 2018.”
The full feature can be found here: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/node/1012
In recent months, we have said “goodbye” to two Emeritus Professors: Dr. Don Jardine and Dr. Michael Levison.
Dr. Don Jardine (July 23, 1930- February 7, 2019)
Dr. Don Jardine came to Queen’s in 1970 and served as Head of the Department of Computing and Information Science from 1973 to 1979. During this time the undergraduate curriculum was revised substantially, bringing it more in line with other computer science departments. In addition, the department acquired a PDP-11 computer to support research work. Dr. Jardine retired in 1994 and in 1995 he co-founded Legasys Corporation with Drs. Kevin Schneider and Jim Cordy.
Dr. Michael Levison (July 22, 1937- March 5, 2019)
Dr. Michael Levison was one of the founders of the School of Computing, arriving at
Queen’s in 1970. As one of the early faculty members and then as
department head from 1990 to 1997, he helped guide the growth of the
School toward its present strength in research and graduate education. Beyond his retirement, Michael continued to pursue his passion for research in diverse areas pertaining to digital humanities. This was a field of research in which he justly garnered recognition as a pioneer and continued to add further depth.
Both of these individuals made significant contributions to the School that we are always grateful for. They will be greatly missed.
On Friday March 8th, QWIC hosted Women in Tech Panel in celebration of International Women’s Day. Four female alumnae were on the panel to share their insights and experiences of their work in the field of computing. This year’s panel featured:
- Katelyn Lawson, Product Manager at Autocase
- Erin Gallagher, Android Developer at Connected
- Reena Shaw, Lead Data Scientist at Agile Blockchain
- Hannah Leblanc, Queen’s ML Masters
Special thanks to the organizers for putting together an amazing event and to Dominos Pizza for feeding our inspired and hungry guests!
(Photos by Doug Martin)
School of Computing professor Selim Akl has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CS-Can/Info-Can and featured in the Queen’s Gazette in an article by our own Aysha Tayab-Rätsep. She writes:
In the field of computing, efficiency and effectiveness are key. Researchers are continuously searching for solutions to the computational challenges that come with processing massive amounts of data in a timely fashion. Selim Akl, professor in the School of Computing and a pioneer of parallel computation, has garnered worldwide recognition for his success in finding efficient and improved solutions to this issue. Recently, Dr. Akl was recognized by CS-Can/Info-Can, the national computer science academic organization, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding and sustained contributions to the field.
“It’s a huge honour and I owe a lot to my colleagues in the School of Computing and to my students. They really are inspiring,” Dr. Akl says. “Queen’s is a special place because it gives you unfettered freedom to follow your research interests.”
Read more in the Gazette article.
Owing to today’s predicted snow storm, The School of Computing will be closed from 12:30 p.m.
The Globe and Mail reported that Christian Leuprecht, Art Cockfield, and David Skillicorn submitted a letter to the Finance Department, calling on Ottawa to remove $100 and $50 bill from circulation due to money laundering issues. Read the full article here:
Professor Skillicorn was also featured on Business News Network recently talking about Canada’s Huawei predicament.
David Skillicorn comments on the recent report on the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer. Read more here:
Faculty, staff, students and special guests gathered in the Fireside Room at Ban Righ Hall on Friday to celebrate the recent achievements of faculty in the School. First, Drs James Cordy and Patrick Martin who are retiring after many years were recognized for their great service to the School for over 30 years. Second, Dr Gabor Fichtinger was recognized for being named Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computer-Integrated Surgery. Third, Dr Ahmed Hassan was recognized for his NSERC Steacie Fellowship (for his contributions to the applications of machine learning to the engineering of ultra large-scale systems), his induction into the Royal Society of Canada, and his elevation to the rank of IEEE Fellow. Finally, Dr Robin Dawes was recognized for receiving the Frank Knox award for outstanding commitment to the education of students of Queen’s University through teaching excellence.
The School of Computing appreciates the participation of the following in the event:
- The Queen’s Provost, Dr. Tom Harris
- Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Dr. Fahim Quadir
- Vice Dean, Faculty Arts and Science, Dr. Gordon Smith
- Associate Dean Research, Dr. Nick Mosey
- Associate Vice Principal Research, Dr. Kent Novakowski
Congratulations to all!