Mohammad Zulkernine and Steven Ding awarded funding from DND IDEaS

The School of Computing is pleased to congratulate Mohammad Zulkernine and Steven Ding on the award of funding support from the DND IDEaS program for their project An Explainable Active Learning Agent for Intrusion Detection and Risk Assessment on MIL-STD-1553-based Avionics Networks.

Canada’s Department of National Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, announced in Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, commits to $1.6B of investment in innovations for defence and security over the next 20 years. The program fosters innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges. For more information about the program, see https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/programs/defence-ideas.html.

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Professor David Rappaport Retires from the Queen’s School of Computing

Professor David Rappaport will be retiring from the School of Computing on December 31st. He has been a professor at the School for 21 years.

Here are  well wishes from some of his colleagues:

 

All the best in your retirement David.
– Tom Bradshaw, School Manager, Administration, and Technology

 

I have really enjoyed the years working with you, first as the Graduate Coordinator and then later as the Admissions Officer.  I will miss our friendly chats about family and life in general. Happy Retirement David! 
– Debby Robertson, Graduate Program Assistant

 

For decades, David Rappaport has been my running companion. We took part in several races together, including Beat Beethoven and the Kingston Half-Marathon. But our most important and most enjoyable runs have been our daily jogs that started and ended at the old Queen’s gym on Union Street (the PEC, for those who remember), and more recently at the new Queen’s gym (the ARC). Every weekday (almost invariably at lunch hour) our route has taken us along the lakeshore, through downtown, over the Lasalle Causeway, around Point Frederick at RMC, sometimes to the top of the hill at Fort Henry, and back to the gym. Along the way, we would have animated conversations on science, politics and everything we can think of. The main topic of discussion is usually computational problems and we designed many an algorithm on the run (puns just happen). We would also tell each other all manner of stories, mostly funny ones. Sometimes we laugh so hard that we almost need to stop in order to catch our breath. In about an hour we are back and wonder where the time went. Running through a storm in heavy rain, our private joke has been that our feat surely deserves a medal. Naturally, a run in a blizzard, we always felt, should earn us an “Order of Canada”. Lately, our walks along the Cataraqui River with David’s loyal dog Abel have taken me to parts I did not know existed. Thank you David for the runs, the walks and the friendship. Enjoy your retirement!
Selim Akl, Professor

 

I retain a compound of many small fragments of delight of his wit and company over the years. It was always good to stop by his office during my floor rounds, I always knew I was stepping in for some fun product (or byproduct) of his eclectic mind.
Gabor Fichtinger, Professor

 

When first working at the School, I was still learning about the field of computing. David told me about his work in computational geometry and his love of music and how the two went together. I was fascinated by it all. Enjoy your retirement David!
– Aysha Tayab-Ratsep, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

 

We thank David for everything he has done at the Queen’s School of Computing community and we wish him all the very best! 

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2020 School of Computing Awards

The Queen’s School of Computing is proud to announce the recipients of the 12th annual School of Computing Awards. This year’s recipients are:

  •     School of Computing Research Award: Andras Lasso
  •     Distinguished Service Award: Karen Knight
  •     Distinguished Student Award (Undergraduate): Duncan Stewart
  •     Excellence in Teaching Award (TA): Yudong Zhou
  •     Howard Stavely Teaching Award:  Ting Hu
  •     Howard Stavely Teaching Award (Honorable Mention):  Wendy Powley
  •     Ian A. Macleod Award: Taylor Smith
  •     Distinguished Thesis Award: Zac Baum
  •     PhD Research Achievement Award: Alireza Sedghi

Congratulations to all recipients. Well done!!

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Hossam Hassanein receives Technical Achievement and Recognition Award

The School of Computing is pleased to congratulate Dr. Hassanein on receipt of the 2020 IEEE IoT, Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (IoT-AHSN TC) Technical Achievement and Recognition Award.

The award recognizes members of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) who have made significant contributions to technological advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), ad hoc networks and sensing systems.

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Rachel Theriault is the Recipient of the Vector Scholarship in AI

Undergraduate student Rachel Theriault has recently received the AI Scholarship for her innovative work in bringing AI to cancer analysis.

“Rachel’s interest in working with Dr Ellis was sparked in her second-year classes that he taught. As an NSERC undergraduate researcher, she worked in his lab with pathologists and surgeons. Her award-winning undergraduate thesis has been tentatively accepted for publication as a journal article” says Hossam Hassanein, Director of the School of Computing”

 

Congratulations Rachel and keep up the great work!

Read more about Rachel’s recognition

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Queen’s alumni Laurie Hendren wins the 2019 CS-Can| Info-Can Lifetime Achievement Award 

We’re so proud of all your accomplishments Laurie!

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Richard Linley retires as Queen’s School of Computing Staff

Although Richard will remain active in his faculty role, Richard has retired his role as Continuing/System Application Specialist and he will be greatly missed among staff. The School of Computing staff celebrated Richard’s retirement after hours on Teams. The event was called ” Toast to Richard.” This event was unlike any retirement party as there were musical performances, bedtime stories, and an exchange of memories and laughs.

Here is what some of the staff had to say.

” Long before I became tech savvy, I had a small problem with my computer mouse!
One morning for some unknown reason, I wasn’t able to get the little arrow into the corner of my computer screen no matter how hard I tried. Then, I thought I had a solution and picked up my mousepad and mouse and held them in various positions near my computer screen trying to get the little arrow in the corner! During this time, who should walk into my office but Richard! He had this incredulous look on his face and he asked me what on earth was I doing! As I started to explain he began to laugh hysterically. After a while he was able to collect himself enough to try and explain to me why what I was doing would never work! I didn’t understand it but I knew it was a big mistake! I made Richie swear he wouldn’t tell anyone but as the day went on, other staff members proved that he had! ”
– Irene LaFleche, previous Undergraduate Program Assistant

“Honestly, for me, Richard just seemed like the Gentle Giant. He always made me feel so welcome. Always made me laugh in the mornings. If I was having a bad day, Richard could make me laugh! He also had a big conversation with me that I can remember when I came in after my brother passed away .I can remember him really taking it in and asking about my dad, and how he felt. He mentioned his kids and how it made him feel hearing that news kind of saying “I cant ever imagine” and my goodness, did that hit home. He gave me a big hug, and made me feel just a bit better knowing that it was all so genuine.”
– Carly Napier, Administrative Secretary

“Richard loved to visit and eat my student chocolates! I loved his visits to my office!  They made my day.”
– Karen Knight, Undergraduate Program Assistant

“I really enjoyed the early morning conversations with Richard while waiting for the coffee to perk. He was so welcoming when I started and made me feel I was really part of the School of Computing family. We talked about all kinds of things like cottaging on the lake, family and pets, plays, my love of US college football and so much more.”
– Noreeen Haun, Research Administrative Assistant

“Richard has this wonderful way of making everyone feel welcome in the School. When I first came on as staff in December 2018, Richard never held back on his witty one-liners about my pregnancy. My favourite one by far was at a staff potluck when he was trying to convince me to have seconds on his dessert. He said ‘that piggy of a baby of yours will thank you for it!’ I’d like to think I burned some calories with the laughter so I went ahead and had seconds.”
– Aysha Tayab-Ratsep, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

We thank Richard for everything he has done for the Queen’s School of Computing community and we wish him all the very best! 

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Queen’s School of Computing Celebrates the Class of 2020

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QWIC hackHer Competition 

The hackHer Competition hosted by QWIC was a wonderful opportunity for women in computing to showcase their innovation and compete for recognition and prizes. Here are the winners from this year’s competition.

Prize Category: Casual Coder
Winner – Brie Basma Chabi

Prize Category: Excellence in Diversity
Winner – Emma Landry

Prize Category: Most Innovative Project
Winner – Isabella Enriquez, Jessica Li, Marc Kevin Quijalvo, Truman Be

Prize Category: Health and Education
Winner – Lexi Iocca, Inika Chikarmane, Nathanael Yao, Camila Izquierdo

Prize Category: Social and Entertainment
Winner – Graeme Badley, Emmeline Berger, Mary Whetham

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Yinchen Shi wins Best Paper Award at the IEMCON 2020 Conference

“I’m honoured to receive the best paper award in the category of computer network and distributed systems at IEEE IEMCON 2020. It was a team effort that created this achievement, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation for all the supports from my supervisors during the time I researched my topic at BAM Lab. This research experience has helped strengthen where my passion lies and has also helped solidify my desire to travel longer in the computer science industry!”

Keep up the great work Yinchen! 

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