David Skillicorn Awarded $1.65 Million in Federal Funding

The federal government of Canada awarded professor Dr. David Skillicorn and his research team $1.65 million in funding. This funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), was used towards the School of Computing’s new cybersecurity CREATE program. The cybersecurity graduate program will provide students with cybersecurity skills that are in critical demand for defending Canada’s government, critical infrastructure, businesses, and citizens.

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.[1] Today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of $29.6 million through the CREATE program of NSERC. This support will allow 18 research teams of students and post-doctoral fellows to pursue and apply new knowledge in collaborative settings and develop the skills they need to help them in their future careers.[2]

This cybersecurity graduate program in the School of Computing begins this September. The program is a specialization of the existing graduate degree programs at Queen’s or RMC. The cybersecurity CREATE program offers an enriched experience in cybersecurity, including specialized courses in cybersecurity, and professional development, a range of technical courses, a social science course, an internship, and a red team/blue team exercise. Graduates of this program will have the technical skills to make a contribution to improving Canada’s digital and online safety, with a deeper understanding of how cybersecurity fits into the larger world of organizational and government priorities.

Read the article in the Gazette: Research for a safer Canada

Learn more about this program at cyber.cs.queensu.ca.


[1] http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/CREATE-FONCER_eng.asp
[2] http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/ProgramNewsDetails-NouvellesDesProgrammesDetails_eng.asp?ID=1084

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David Skillicorn Discusses Security Risks of 5G Technology with Global News

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Selim Akl and Two QSC Alumni Receive Top Honours from CS-Can

Congratulations to Dr. Selim Akl for receiving the CS-Can/Info-Can Lifetime Achievement Award Monday night in Montreal. These awards recognize current or former faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments, Schools, Faculties who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to computing over their careers. The awards can be for achievement in research, teaching, service, or any combination of these.

Selim receives this well deserved award for his outstanding contributions in several areas of Computer Science over the past 4 decades. And he is not done yet.

Thank you Selim for all your contributions to the field and to the School of Computing.

Also at the CS-Can/Info-Can awards ceremony Andrea Bunt, University of Manitoba (BSc Queen’s) and Chanchal Roy, University of Saskatchewan (PhD Queen’s) received the Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award. These prizes recognize excellence in research, and are made to top young faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments, Schools, Faculties who are within the first ten years of their career beyond the completion of their PhD.

Congratulations Andrea and Chanchal. We are very proud.

 

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Convocation 2019

Congratulations to the Computing Class of 2019 who graduated in this yesterday’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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David Skillicorn talks to Global News on Preventing Extremist Content on Social Media

In the wake of the shooting that was live streamed at the Christchurch Mosque on March 15th, 2019, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern  has called a Christchurch Call to Action Summit, a push for tech companies to prevent users from publishing hateful content on social media.

Dr. David Skillicorn provides commentary to Global News on the current status of tech companies in their role in preventing extremist content being made public on major social media platforms.

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ECOO and QSC East Regional High School Programming Contest 2019


(Photos by Doug Martin)

The annual Queen’s School of Computing/Educational Computing Organization of Ontario East Regional High School Programming Contest took place on Saturday in Ellis Hall. 23 teams of up to four students from schools in eastern Ontario competed in this semi-final contest, tackling four challenging programming problems in three hours. The winning team came from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. The top six teams from Saturday’s contest will go on to compete in the final contest in Toronto next month.

A sincere and hearty thank you to Richard Linely, Aaron Visser, Carly Napier, and Doug Martin for all their help organizing the event.

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The Queen’s School of Computing Celebrates its 11th Annual School of Computing Awards


(Photos by Doug Martin)

The Queen’s School of Computing is proud to celebrate its 11th annual School of Computing Awards.  This year’s recipients are:

  • PhD Research Achievement Award: Nafiseh Kahani
  • Distinguished Student Award (Undergraduate) : Alex Wojaczek
  • Distinguished Student Award (Graduate): Grace Underwood
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (TA): Alireza Sedghi
  • Howard Stavely Teaching Award:  Dr. Juergen Dingel
  • Howard Stavely Teaching Award (Honorable Mention):  Wendy Powley
  • Ian A. Macleod Award: Zac Baum
  • Distinguished Thesis Award: Paul Allison

Congratulations to all for your hard work and achievements!

 

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Highlights from Creative Computing Showcase 2019

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Once again, the Queen’s School of Computing  hosted another successful and lively Creative Computing Showcase. For its 7th year in a row, the students did a phenomenal job in demonstrating the range of diversity and innovation in the field of computing through their posters and demonstrations. There were over 100 projects showcased from various School of Computing courses, making this the largest Creative Computing Showcase the Queen’s community has experienced. The event also received coverage from The Whig Standard .

Courses involved in the Showcase include:

  • CISC/COGS 499 (Advanced Undergraduate Project)
  • CISC 472 (Medical Informatics)
  • CISC 498 (Information Technology Project)
  • CISC 325 (Human-Computer Interaction)
  • CISC 226 (Game Design)
  • CISC 201 (Introduction to Computing and the Creative Arts)

The People’s Choice Award winners are as follows:

Christopher Caicedo, Michael Piere , Devash Saini , Cole MacDonald , Zachary Slater, and John David Guan for their project “IR Glove Pong”

Sammy Moss, Spencer Neal, and Dominic Phillips for their project “Stovetop Showdown”

Partik Dullat, Jacob Huschilt, and Dennis So for their project “Qlicker-An Open Source In-Class Response System”

Heather Geiger for her project “Analyzing Financial Time Series Data: Predicting and Searching for Anomalies”

Congratulations to all contestants for their  hard work! The winners will receive amazing prizes thanks to the generous donations from  The VR Hut, Indigo, Canada Computers, and The Campus Bookstore. 

Special thanks to all the students, organizers, thank you to all the
students, organizers  and judges for all your efforts in making this event an enjoyable and memorable one!

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Congratulations to Dr. Parvin Mousavi on Her Recent Achievements

It’s been an exciting time for Dr. Parvin Mousavi over the past few weeks. She has been named as the  2019 recipient of the IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb Computer Award!

Established in 2007 and named in 2012, the IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb
Computer Medal is awarded to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized
for their important contributions to the field of computer engineering
and science.

The award will be presented during the IEEE Canada Awards Gala at the
Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, AB, on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM. The
IEEE Awards Gala is hosted in conjunction with our IEEE Canada flagship
conference – the IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer
Engineering, CCECE 2019.

To top it all off, Dr. Mousavi has also been featured on page 18 of  Computer Vision News in the Women in Science section. The feature is an interview on her work in the Medical Informatics Laboratory.

Congratulations Dr. Mousavi!

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MsC Student Zac Baum Receives the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award

 

A big congratulations goes to Zac Baum on winning the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award. This will be the third time a Queen’s School of Computing student has won this award. The first two recipients were Eric Rapos and Max Garcia, respectively.  Zac has been recognized for his contributions to the Queen’s University community specifically for helping the Queen’s School of Computing grow.

Zac will be defending his MsC thesis on April 15th and we are so grateful for his continued hard work and efforts toward the School!

Read the full story on The Gazette.

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