David Skillicorn comments on the possible cybersecurity breach at Kingston Health Sciences Centre

A recent interruption in online access at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre has led to suspicions of a cybersecurity breach. Professor David Skillicorn offers further insight on the current situation and possible solutions.

 

Full story here:

KHSC investigating possible cyber-security incident

 

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Gabor Fichtinginger receives the Prizes for Excellence in Research award

The recipients of this year’s Prizes for Research in Excellence Awards have now been released and we are proud to announce that Gabor Fichtinger one of the three recipients. Recognized as one of the highest internal research award since 1980, Gabor will be receiving $20,000 for his research endeavors. Congratulations Gabor and all the very best!

Full story on The Queen’s Gazette:

https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/recognizing-research-and-scholarship-queen-s

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Queen’s School of Computing’s collaboration with Kingston Distributed Systems gains widespread recognition in Kingston

On October 26th,  Dr. Hossam Hassanein and Dr. Sameh Sorour from the Queen’s School of Computing and the team at Kingston Distributed Services were presented with a cheque of $740,000 to conduct a Joint NSERC Alliance project titled Democratizing Edge Computing,  aimed at making computing resources more accessible and cost effective.

With the project’s capacity to make Kingston the focal point for providing a prominent and necessary resource, this occasion brought widespread media attention in Kingston.

Read more about this innovative project in the following stories:

The Queen’s Gazette

The power of computers

The Whig Standard

Computer research project could make Kingston world leader

The Kingstonist

Joint NSERC Alliance Project ‘puts Kingston at the forefront’ in distributed computing

 

Congratulations to all involved! We’re excited to see this project unfold and progress.

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Professor David Skillicorn discusses the the government’s plans to introduce digital wallets

Professor David Skillicorn was a recent guest on CFRC 101.9 FM on Friday October 23rd. David offers his professional perspective on the province’s decision to launch digital wallets.

 

Full interview here: https://podcast.cfrc.ca/2020/10/are-digital-wallets-a-viable-option/

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Amber Simpson appointed as Director of HMRC at Queen’s University & KHSC

Dr. Amber Simpson has been appointed as Director, Human Mobility Research Centre, Queen’s University & Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

On the recommendation of Deans Barbara Crow, Kevin Deluzio, and Jane Philpott,  Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University and of David Pichora, CEO at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Amber Simpson has been appointed Director of the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC). Her appointment is effective September 1, 2020, and is for a five-year term.

The HMRC is a partnership between Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre that serves as a nexus of collaborative research endeavours spanning the disciplines of medicine, engineering, health sciences, and humanities. Located within the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, HMRC provides shared research space and services to clinicians, university faculty, trainees, and industry that uniquely positions it for innovation-driven research.

Dr. Simpson received her B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems and Mathematics at Trent University in 2000. She earned her M.Sc. in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2010, both at Queen’s University. She has held appointments at Vanderbilt University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Simpson joined Queen’s University in 2019 as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Biomedical Computing and Informatics and Associate Professor, School of Computing and Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, with a cross appointment to the Department of Medicine. She is a Senior Investigator, Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and Affiliate Member, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto.

Dr. Simpson brings extensive experience in collaborative research to her role. Working with cross-disciplinary teams, Dr. Simpson has contributed to more than 85 publications in machine learning, biomedical data science, and medical image analysis. She specializes in developing novel computational strategies for improving human health. She currently holds substantial grant funding from NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Canadian Foundation for Innovation for developing imaging and integrated computational modeling of multi-scale biomedical data. Her work has been recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She was recently appointed by the Director of NIH as a chartered member of study section, reflecting both her high-quality academic work and commitment to biomedical research.

Deans Crow, Deluzio, and Philpott and Dr. Pichora are confident that the multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams at HMRC will greatly benefit from the expertise that Dr. Simpson brings to the role of Director. Please join the Deans and the CEO of Kingston Health Sciences Centre in congratulating Dr. Simpson on her appointment.

 

Note: This article originally appeared on the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences website.

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QUIP Student Experiences Presentation

QUIP computing students have just returned from internships at 14 different companies including Ericsson, IBM, Kinaxis, Moneris and more. Join us on October 15th on Microsoft Teams to hear about their experiences — what they did, what they learned and their recommendations for those considering an internship. Everyone is welcome to attend one or more sessions.

Join QUIP Student Experience Presentation. 

Session 1: Oct. 15th 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

STUDENT COMPANY
Dongho(Ben) Han Ericsson Canada
Hayden Pfeiffer IBM Canada
Robert Bryan Chafee INVIVO Communications Inc.
Brynnon Picard Ratehub.ca

 

Session 2: Oct. 15th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

STUDENT COMPANY
Trevor Mclellan Celestica
Michael Olson Mannarino Systems and Software
Shailesh Patel Moneris
Alex Golinescu Kinaxis
Samuel Song IBM
Bradly Kurtz Ericsson

 

Session 3: Oct. 15th 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

STUDENT COMPANY
Hershil Devnani ecobee
Alexandre Pana Ericsson
Allan Legemaate Innovasium Digital
Roberto Ruiz de la Cruz Centre for Advanced Computing
Natasha Djurdjevic CAPCO
Ella Griffin CarData Consultants Inc.
Joey Meffen Caseware International

Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

Discover how to gain valuable career experience and an income during your studies at Queen's School of Computing.

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Catherine Stinson comments on the op-Ed written by OpenAI GPT-3

Catherine Stinson, Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Philosophy Department, discusses the op-Ed written by OpenAI Robot GPT-3 in an interview on Ontario Morning with CBC Radio.

To listen to the interview with Stinson on CBC Radio, start at 35.40 min.

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Hiring Faculty Position at Queen’s School of Computing

Hiring Faculty Position Apply by October 7th
The School of Computing in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The preferred start date for the appointment is January 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related discipline. A strong record of post-secondary teaching, curriculum development, and/or other relevant leadership experience are required. Experience in securing external research funding would be an asset. The candidate will build on and extend the School’s existing research strengths in smart infrastructures and cyber-physical systems.

For the full job posting and application details visit Faculty Position at Queen’s School of Computing.

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Message to Students from the Computing Instructional Support Team

The Computing Instructional Support Team (CIST) has been providing support to instructors as they transition from in-class teaching to a remote teaching environment. The team has supported instructors by educating and providing resources to online tools and methods, as well as providing technical support for remote delivery in the Fall. Our instructors have been eager to make the experience as seamless as possible for all students, whether they are joining Queen’s for the first time this September or returning for their final year.

What can Computing students expect in a remote learning environment?

Computing students can expect the remote courses to involve a lot more asynchronous delivery, which means you can learn course materials at your own pace and at your own time. Instructors have taken diverse approaches to their course development. Some courses are entirely asynchronous with weekly targets/goals, and others include mostly asynchronous materials with some synchronous Q&A sessions to meet other students and instructors, both in a group setting and one-on-one.

As a student, it is important to take the initiative to stay on track with your learning. Since there will be few scheduled in-person lectures to attend to learn or ask questions, students should review the course timeline/schedule on the first day of classes and set aside time each week to get through the course learning materials. Some instructors will be providing you with short 2 to 20-minute videos, while others provided annotated PowerPoint, collaborative or individual readings, discussion boards to ask questions, and/or weekly coding activities. Regardless of the approach to learning this Fall, the diversity in the learning activities will keep you as a student engaged in your learning in many different ways.

What sorts of resources and supports are available for Computing students?

Your instructors will provide many methods to get support from them and the course TAs. Be sure to check the course syllabus first and use the approach that is suggested by your instructor for contacting them with questions. In addition to this, the Computing Instructional Support Team will be available to provide additional technical support within onQ and Microsoft Teams where needed. Before your courses begin this September, we encourage you to review the following resources below:

Using OnQ

onQ Support for students

Using Microsoft Teams

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

IT Services Welcomes you to Queen’s

New Student IT Guide

Recommended Technology Requirements

Faculty of Arts & Science

Information for Students Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 

Queen’s Accessibility Hub

Accessibility Services Information and Resources for Students

Student Experience Office

The Club Hub

What is the best way for students to make the most of their remote learning experience?

Remote learning can be challenging due to the lack of in-person interaction with your peers. To foster a sense of community in this remote environment, the School of Computing has set in place many opportunities for you to stay in touch with fellow students, staff, and instructors. Be sure to stay involved in areas outside of your academics, as a reminder that we are all in this together and you have a large group of supporters cheering you on for success.

Join our Undergraduate chair David Lamb, and our Undergraduate Administrator Karen Knight every Tuesday at 11 am for an hour chat in Microsoft Teams to stay in the loop about academic updates, get some emotional support during your remote learning experience and hear from, see, and meet your fellow Computing students.

Join our various instructors, staff, and students in our weekly casual coffee break every Thursday at 10:30 am for a 30-minute update. You can either listen or share something interesting about your life. These meetings are typically non-academic and a fun way to stay connected all year round.

If you are a first-year student, be sure to register for orientation week starting today. You do not want to miss this event! For many students, it is one of the highlights of their educational experience and a great way to meet students from your incoming class.

We wish you all the best for a successful remote term!

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David Skillicorn comments on the recent data breach by Canadian real-estate company Brookfield Residential

Canadian real-estate company Brookfield Residential has faced a data breach by DarkSide,  a new ransomware group  has downloaded  confidential data from the company’s website.  Professor David Skillicorn provides further details on the hacker’s potential strategy behind the attack.

Read the full story here: https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/08/25/canadian-real-estate-company-brookfield-residential-suffers-data-breach-by-new-ransomware-group-darkside.html

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