Welcome to our new faculty members

A warm welcome to our two new faculty members Dr. Ting Hu who joined the School of Computing this Fall 2019 and Dr. Christian Muise who joins the School of Computing this Winter 2020.

Dr. Ting Hu and Dr. Christian Muise

Dr. Ting Hu

Dr. Ting Hu received her PhD in computer science from Memorial University in 2010. Afterward, she completed her postdoctoral training in computational genetics from Dartmouth College. Dr. Hu has been nominated Best Paper Awards repeatedly from top international conferences in the field of evolutionary computation, including ACM GECCO and EuroGP. She has also served as program chairs for these conferences.

As a faculty member in the School of Computing, Dr. Ting Hu’s expertise will contribute to the broadening of fundamental AI research. By developing AI algorithms that are more transparent and interpretable, Dr. Hu will continue to enhance the applications of AI and machine learning techniques in biomedicine.

Research Interests

Evolutionary computation, Machine learning, Complex networks, Computational genetics, Complex diseases

Dr. Christian Muise

Dr. Christian Muise completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in 2014 with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group in the area of Automated Planning. After graduating, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Agentlab studying techniques for multi-agent planning and human-agent collaboration. Subsequently, he was a research fellow with the MERS group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory studying decision making under uncertainty. Most recently, Dr. Muise was a Research Scientist at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, where he researched data-driven techniques for inducing behavioral insight and lead a project devising next-generation dialogue agents.

As a faculty member in the School of Computing, Dr. Muise’s lab will explore the ways we can either specify or learn models of the world, enabling the efficient creation and analysis of autonomous systems. By bridging the fields of symbolic reasoning and machine learning, the lab will explore the frontier of what is possible with modern AI systems.

Research Interests

Artificial intelligence, Automated planning, Model understanding, learning, and acquisition, Goal-oriented dialogue systems

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David Skillicorn discusses the risk of package theft on Global TV National

Dr. Skillicorn says people stealing packages are taking a risk because they don’t know if the homeowner has a camera installed.

A U.S. study shows over 11 million households have fallen victim to thieves stealing packages that are being delivered and dropped on your doorstep. Now a Canadian company has come up with a new design to secure your orders. Mike Drolet reports.

Source on Global TV National: New delivery pods aim to thwart porch pirates

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Convocation Fall 2019

Congratulations to the Computing Class of 2019 who graduated on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 10:00 am in Grant Hall.

We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

(Photos by Doug Martin)

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Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference 2019

On November 8th and 9th, the ACM Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWIC) https://www.can-cwic.ca/ held its 9th annual event. The inaugural event (the ACM Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing) was organized by Professor Wendy Powley and the Women in the School of Computing group in 2010. CAN-CWIC 2019 was the biggest year to date with approximately 750 attendees from 34 post-secondary schools, 39 companies/ organizations, and 12 secondary school and was once again organized by the School of Computing.

Professor Wendy Powley served as General Chair, Dr. Amber Simpson served as Program Chair and Dr. Nafiseh Kahani served as the Poster Session Chair. Many School of Computing alumni, now working at tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, TD, Connected etc were presenters at the conference or were on hand to recruit for their companies at the career fair.

The conference welcomes women in technology for networking, learning, and mentoring. Highlights from the weekend included a presentation on Human-in-the-Loop Machine Learning and Computer Science for Everyone, Panel sessions on Imposter Syndrome and Implicit Bias, a Graduate Forum, an Inclusive Teaching for Computer Science workshop and a Career Fair featuring all our sponsor representatives.

For the first year at CAN-CWIC, we recognized 9th-12th-grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests with the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. This is the first time that these prestigious awards have been held outside of the US.

More than 80 School of Computing students, staff and faculty attended CAN-CWIC, making us the largest represented group in attendance.

Thanks to all who contributed to make CAN-CWIC 2019 a huge success. Special thanks to Wendy Powley for her many years of hard work in making CAN-CWIC a major national event.

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Amber Simpson Keynote Speaker at CASCON x EVOKE 2019

Congratulations to our Keynote speaker, Amber Simpson, Associate Professor at Queen’s University for sharing her expert ideas in using Data Science to improve Medical services.

For more information about IBM’s annual academic and research conference visit CASCON x EVOKE website

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David Skillicorn discusses 5G technology on CBC Radio

As the Liberal Government decides who is going to build our 5G cell phone networks, former US National Security Advisor says don’t allow China’s Huawei to do it. Expert at Queen’s University shares what he thinks about this.

Listen in at 43:55. Dr. Skillicorn discusses the controversy over Huawei’s 5G technology on Ontario Morning from CBC Radio.

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Fall Preview 2019

Volunteers at the Fall Preview Booth November 2nd, 2019

We had incredible attendance at our booth with 100s of prospective students at Fall Preview 2019 on November 2nd and 3rd. Many recognized us from the Ontario Universities Fair. They loved seeing all the different focuses that we offer, trying out the demos supplied by the Perk Lab, and spent a lot of time talking to our current students and professors. Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this event such a success for us!

Abigael Schonewille
Alice Santilli
Dr. Amber Simpson
Andrew Grebenisan
Anna Wood
Ben Hall
Bo Chen
Brian Chen
Catherine Wu
Colton Barr
Elaine Gao
Grace Pigeau
Haadia Mufti
Jacob Laframboise
Dr. Juergen Dingel
Karen Knight
Kathleen Abols
Keiran Barr
Kyle Sunderland
Lydia Elbatarny
Sara Perosa
Shrey Anand
Dr. Steven Ding
Victoria Wu

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50th Anniversary Homecoming Reception

We had an excellent time at our 50th Anniversary Homecoming Reception on Friday, October 18th. Thank you to all who attended to welcome our alumni. Some alumni who joined us at the event were celebrating big reunion years including:

  • Martha Fair – 46th reunion
  • George Pajari – 40th reunion
  • Alain Perry – 35th reunion
  • Konrad Czerczak – 20th reunion
  • Kevin Chan – 12th reunion
  • Andrew Dickinson and Doug Martin – 10th reunion

Martha is one of the first women to graduate from our Master’s program in 1973. It was great to catch up with all our alumni and learn about where they are now.

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Wendy Powley and David Skillicorn Receive Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grants

Wendy Powley and David Skillicorn

2019 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grant Recipients: Wendy Powley and David Skillicorn

Read the full article in the Gazette

Introductory Computer Science Mentorship Program

Wendy Powley, School of Computing
Learning to program can be challenging and intimidating, especially for young women who feel they don’t belong in a male-dominated field. Creative Computing (CISC 110) is a course designed to entice women to try computing for the first time. In the class, 60 per cent of students are female. Although inspired by the course, many do not continue to take further courses. The goal of this peer-mentoring project is to provide students with individualized assistance in the form of active learning, code walk-throughs, detailed written feedback, and personal support to solidify their knowledge and boost their confidence. The mentorship program will also foster leadership and further the School of Computing’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. The goal is to increase the number of students (particularly women) who continue in Computer Science after taking CISC 110 and to train students to educate and mentor in an inclusive and sensitive manner.

Simulations, Role-Play and Long-form Scenarios: An emerging experiential learning opportunity to teach through complex issues

Kathryn Fizzell, Experiential Learning Hub; David Skillicorn, School of Computing
Simulation-based exercises are a way to bring real-world scenarios into the classroom, creating unique hands-on learning opportunities for students. This project explores simulations that involve presenting students with a specific situation and problem, and assigning them roles that require them to work together to develop tactics and strategies for responding in positive ways. To support faculty and project coordinators in using this form of experiential learning, the EL Hub, in partnership with the School of Computing, will conduct background research on pedagogical strategies related to simulation, role-play, and long form scenarios to create practical resources and materials for supporting their design and delivery. These materials will be piloted through a long-form scenario table-top cybersecurity training exercise being delivered by the School of Computing to students in the new NSERC CREATE Cybersecurity Graduate Training Program and promoted to other faculty and project coordinators through the EL Hub website and workshop presentations.

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2nd Annual Computing Student Research Conference

“During Friday evening and Saturday, students gathered from around Ontario to participate in the second Computing Student Research Conference (CSearch). Students attended keynote talks provided by Dr. Amber Simpson (Queen’s University), Dr. James Wu (CEO, InnerSpace Technology Inc), and Wes Garland (CTO, Kings Distributed Systems). Workshops were provided by Karim Jahed (Queen’s University) and Gustavo Olivia (Queen’s University). Students also participated in both oral and poster presentations. Congratulations to the winners Lama Moukahal (oral presentation) and Dhruv Patel (poster presentation). We loved seeing all the great work being done by students and can’t wait to see what is in store for next year.”

– Justin Gerolami
CSearch 2019 Chair

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