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.
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 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
(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
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/
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.
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.
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.
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
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