David Skillicorn comments on Ontario police’s use of Clearview AI facial recognition software

Dr. Skillicorn says the tool may seem attractive to police detectives and could significantly reduce their workload, but points out that their accuracy is never as good as claimed.

Read more on Radio Canada International (article is in French): No investigation into the use of facial recognition in Ontario

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Congratulations Queen’s Computing Researchers on Funding Success

We are pleased to congratulate the following faculty members on recent funding success:

Farhana Zulkernine who has been awarded NSERC CRD funding for her project “Learning Distributed Patterns from Multimodal Streaming Data” with industry partner IBM.

Gabor Fichtinger of the Perk Lab has been awarded funding from CANARIE in support of his 3D Slicer open source software platform that facilitates exploration, evaluation and clinical translation of medical data visualization and image-guided therapy.

New faculty members Steven Ding, Ting Hu, Amber Simpson, and Yuan Tian have received Faculty of Arts and Science funding support for research infrastructure to establish leading-edge labs at Queen’s.

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Computing Students Win Mayor’s Innovation Challenge

Team members Julia McPolin and David Kubik win the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge

Congratulations to our students Julia McPolin, 4th year Cognitive Science Student, and David Kubik, 4th year Software Design Student, for winning the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Innovation Challenge. They have been awarded a four-month paid summer internship through the City of Kingston and a $10,000 budget to grow their project.

Learn more about their project in this article by the City of Kingston.

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David Skillicorn weighs in on whether Huawei contributed to the demise of Nortel

Dr. Skillicorn says it’s entirely plausible that technology robbed and copied by a rival was the final straw that took down an already struggling company.

Read more in the National Post: Did Huawei bring down Nortel? Corporate espionage, theft, and the parallel rise and fall of two telecom giants

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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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