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

(Photos by Doug Martin)

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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Dr. Ahmed Hassan Recognized for His Research in Software Engineering

In the latest Queen’s Senate research report, Dr. Ahmed Hassan received the following recognition:

Dr. Ahmed Hassan (School of Computing) is the most active software engineering researcher in the world, according to a bibliometric analysis published recently in the Journal of Systems and Software. Of the most active institutions in software engineering research, Queen’s University was ranked 7th in the world. In the same study, all but one of the seven Canadians ranked in the top-20 lists of the most active mid-career and early stage researchers trained as graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at Queen’s School of Computing. Findings are based on the number of publications in selected venues between 2010-2017.

 

 

 

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Dr. David Skillicorn Comments on Canada’s Role in Removing Extremist Content on Major Social Media Platforms

In a recent article from Global News Dr. David Skillcorn provides insights on Canada’s ability to force social media companies to remove hateful extremist content.

David  says that this CRTC ruling means there currently isn’t any wiggle room for Canadian telecom companies to block websites, even in event of shootings.

Read the full article here:  https://globalnews.ca/news/5075658/right-wing-extremism-online-social-media-block/

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2019 Invitational High School Programming Contest

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)

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QWIC Earns Recognition as “Amazing Queen’s Women of 2018”

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

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