James Cordy and Former PhD Student Chanchal Roy Win Most Influential Paper Award at SANER 2018

Congratulations to Prof. James Cordy and his former PhD student Prof. Chanchal Roy of the University of Saskatchewan, on winning the ten-year Most Influential Paper award at SANER 2018 this week in Campobasso, Italy.

SANER 2018, the 25th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, is the premier international conference on the theory and practice of recovering information from existing software and systems.

Their WCRE 2008 research paper, “An empirical study of function clones in open source software” was chosen from among all those published at WCRE 2008 and CSMR 2008 for its lasting impact on research over the past decade, and was cited “For influencing future studies in software cloning through the development of an extensive benchmark dataset”.

Congrats Jim & Chanchal!

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Robin Dawes to Receive Frank Knox Award (with Honourable Mention to Randy Ellis)

Robin Dawes will be awarded the Frank Knox Awards for teaching excellence this year. In addition, Randy Ellis receieved an honourable mention.

From the Centre for Teaching and Learning website:

Each year, the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University shall honour two professors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the education of students of Queen’s University through their teaching excellence. The award is the highest honour which is given to instructors of Queen’s by Students.

The award is named in honour of Frank Knox, a professor of economics who taught at Queen’s for forty years from the twenties to the sixties. Mr. Knox demonstrated tremendous dedication in his teaching of undergraduates, and thus this award serves as a reminder to all of the necessity for the strong commitment which professors must contribute through the high quality of their teaching to the students of Queen’s.

The award will be presented at a ceremony on March 27. Congratulations to both!

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David Skillicorn Talks to Global News About Cyberattack on Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Dr. Skillicorn says anti-virus and anti-malware software helps, but unfortunately people don’t use those tools often enough.

Read more about it on Global News.

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Max Garcia Receives Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award

School of Computing undergraduate student Max Garcia was recently awarded the prestigious Agnes Benedickson Tricolour Award. Induction in the Tricolour Society is the highest privilege that can be conferred by Queen’s University on a student for service to the community. Max joins former Computing PhD student Eric Rapos who was also inducted into the Tricolour Society in 2015.

Congratulations Max on this much deserved recognition!

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Two New Tenure-track Faculty Positions Announced

The School of Computing in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for two Tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Big Data and related areas. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2018.

Successful candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related discipline completed at the start date of the appointment. They are expected to play a major role in the delivery of the Data Analytics graduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Computing. The successful candidates are expected to be part of a Queen’s-wide Data Sciences cluster involving the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Smith School of Business. They will also be involved in the planned Queen’s Data Analytics Institute with excellent opportunities for funding and collaboration.

For more information, please see the full announcement here.

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Hillary Lia Named Finalist for Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

Please join us in congratulating Hillary Lia who has been named as Finalist for the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. Hillary is a third year undergraduate student in the Biomedical Computing Honour’s Program. She conducts research in the Perk Lab under the mentorship of Drs. Gabor Fichtinger and Tamas Ungi. Her research pertains to development of novel methods for computational surgical skill assessment and translation of those into training curricula in the Queen’s Clinical Simulation Centre. It is especially remarkable that Hillary earned this great honor as a third year undergraduate, the youngest among the nominees.

Congratulations, Hillary!

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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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