David Skillicorn comments on the suspected data leak at the Royal Military College

Concerns have been circulating around the recent cyber attack that took place at the Royal Military College in July. Students’ academic and financial information has been leaked and threats to pay a ransom may be looming on the horizon. David Skillicorn comments on the possibility of this happening and how seriously such threats should be taken.

Full story here:

Student information, financial info published in suspected RMC data leak after cyber attack

 

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David Skillicorn comments on security concerns associated with the TikTok app

With social media platforms being widely used, security and privacy becomes something of the past. Among all popular platforms, TikTok poses the greatest amount of concerns and risks to one’s security. Professor David Skillicorn speaks with Global News and shares his further details on why this is the case.

Full video: https://globalnews.ca/video/7239368/expert-urges-canadians-to-be-wary-of-tiktok-app

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Selim Akl receives the Distinguished Service Award

 

It is with great joy that we announce Selim Akl as one of the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. His 42 years of service and dedication to the School of Computing as well as his outstanding and sustained contributions to the field of computer science has been recognized by Queen’s University through a process of nomination.

When commenting on what it means to receive this award, Selim says:

“I am truly grateful for the Distinguished Service Award and the recognition it represents. To have been given the opportunity to serve my colleagues and our students is a true honour. The Queen’s School of Computing is a wonderful place; over the years, the satisfaction of witnessing its many achievements has been a reward in itself.”

 

Congratulations Selim! We are so proud and honoured to work with you as our trusted colleague and friend!

Read the official announcement here: https://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/university-council/distinguished-service-awards

 

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Ahmed Hassan receives the 2020 TCSE New Directions Award from the IEEE Computer Society Council on Software Engineering

The IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) has awarded the 2020 TCSE New Directions Award to Dr. Ahmed Hassan of the School of Computing and Dr. Thomas Zimmermann of Microsoft Research.

Drs. Hassan and Zimmermann received recognition for their individual and combined contributions to establish the field of mining software repositories (MSR).  The field emerged from the recognition of the role that software repositories have in better understanding software engineering processes.  New and  innovative solutions for mining data were developed to improve developer productivity and software quality.  Over the past 10 years, the MSR community grew and became well-established in the field of software engineering among researchers worldwide.

Dr. Hassan comments on what this award means to him. He says: “many people helped along the way to create this very vibrant and impactful community! This is the inaugural award so they had lots of candidates and research areas, so it means a lot for the
MSR community to be recognized. I ran a large event 8 years ago on campus called MSR
Vision 2020 where we had over 120 attendees from all over the world to
discuss  the future of MSR. I never imagined we would be this large in 2020,
let alone in the middle of a global pandemic. We just ran the edition of MSR 2020 all online with some sessions having over 1000 viewers! ”

Congratulations Ahmed!

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Professor David Skillicorn comments on the cybersecurity attack at the Royal Military College

In response to the recent unknown data breach that took place at the Royal Military College,  all staff have been advised not to use any of the computers on site until further notice. Professor David Skillicorn shares his thoughts on this major cybersecurity attack.

Source on the Globe and Mail: Royal Military College weights damage after cybersecurity attack 

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David Skillicorn comments on the efficacy of the COVID-19 contact tracing app

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, the uncertainty of contracting the virus still remains. In an effort to bridge this gap, the Trudeau government will launch a smartphone app which will alert Canadians when they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Professor David Skillicorn has provided his thoughts on such apps.

Full story:

https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/mc_administrator/media/available-expert-canada-unveil-covid-19-contact-tracing-app-despite-questions-about-technology

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Congratulations to the Computing Class of 2020

On Monday, June 1st at 2:30 pm, our graduating class of 163 Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD in Computing students would be walking the stage in Grant Hall for their convocation ceremony. This year, due to the pandemic, we are sending off our graduates and welcoming them as our alumni remotely. We look forward to offering them a traditional ceremony in the future. Until then, watch the video message below from members of our School offering their congratulations.

A message from the Director to the Queen’s School of Computing graduating class of 2020.

Today is your day, a day to celebrate all that you have accomplished during your studies at Queen’s University. You have worked so hard over the past few years. You gained educational and life experiences, got involved in campus activities, went on internships and worked multiple jobs and managed your time and finances. Today we are so proud of all of you.

Reflecting on your time in studies

Together, we have encountered many milestones:

Today we recognize you as graduates and welcome you to our community of alumni. It might not be via the ceremony that we all expected when you began your studies here, but it does not change the significance of this milestone.

Welcome to our alumni network

Stay connected as the class of 2020 with the School of Computing!

The class of 2020 will be remembered in history as the most adaptable and selfless graduating class. You took action and demonstrated leadership by sacrificing the final days of your studies to protect your health and the health of others. As you enter a new world, we look forward to seeing how you shape, lead, and change our future.

Looking towards your futures

The skills that you carry as computer scientists are essential in times like these. You have the ability to transform industries from all sectors. The demand for your knowledge is increasing as the world reconsiders how the future will look. We are excited about the opportunities that you will encounter and will continue to support you as you pursue future endeavors.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Move ahead and make your mark in the world. You have already made history. Best wishes in your Computing career!!

Computing Graduates – Monday, June 1st at 2:30 pm

Doctor of Philosophy

Rahma Said Hamed Al Mahruqi, Computing, Supervisors: T.R. Dean, M. Alalfi
Nafiseh Kahani, Computing, Supervisor: J.R. Cordy
Ashiqur Rahman, Computing, Supervisor: J.R. Cordy
Alireza Sedghi, Computing, Supervisor: P. Mousavi

Master of Science

Ghazal Fouladfard, Computing, Supervisor: J.R. Cordy
Torrey William Grout Frith, Computing, Supervisor: H.S. Hassanein
Syed Akib Anwar Hridoy, Computing, Supervisor: M. Zulkernine
Susan Hwang, Computing, Supervisor: T.C.N. Graham
Madiha Kazmi, Computing
Jason Tzu-Kei Lam, Computing, Supervisor: F. Zulkernine
Lukasz Andrzej Lapczyk, Computing, Supervisor: D.B. Skillicorn
Dhanush Reddy Nandyala, Computing
Brandon Reid, Computing, Supervisor: T.C.N. Graham
Emerson Yuan-Tang Wang, Computing, Supervisor: R.E. Ellis

Bachelor of Computing

Kathleen Abols, Software Design
Tayyab Ahmad, Software Design
Michael Alarcon, Software Design
Benjamin Alderson, Software Design
Matthew Allion, Computing General
Rawan Alsaadi, Computer Science
John Anthony, Software Design
Victoria Armstrong, Cognitive Computing
Shezil Asaf, Computing General
Katherine Baillie, Biomedical Computing
Katherine Baker, Computing General
Diana Balant, Software Design
Colton Barr, Biomedical Computing
Jose Bermudez, Computing Major
Marc-Etienne Bernier, Computing General
Lauren Bhagwandat, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Rajdeep Brar, Software Design
Dylan Brookes, Computing General
Michael Bryenton, Software Design
Joshua Burak, Computer Science
Noah Cabral, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Sarah Carter-Anderson, Computing General
Malcolm Celmainis, Computing Major
Lea Cerron, Software Design
Sammy Chan, Software Design
Congwei Chen, Computer Science
Ke Chen, Computer Science
Chin Chen, Biomedical Computing
Tong Chen, Computer Science
Jiaao Chen, Biomedical Computing
Yuxin Cheng, Computer Science
Ik-Hyun Cho, Software Design
Saleh Choueib, Biomedical Computing
Brooke Clouston, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Benjamin Codrington, Software Design
Jesse Collier, Computer Science
Timothy Crowley, Software Design
Stefan Decimelli, Computer Science
Michael Della Penna, Software Design
Matthew Dixon, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Ashley Drouillard, Software Design
Eric Du, Software Design
Shira Eisen, Biomedical Computing
Brittaney Everitt, Biomedical Computing
Keyan Fayaz, Computer Science
Yiwen Feng, Computer Science
Colleen Fleury, Biomedical Computing
Jonathon Gallucci, Computer Science
Justin Gerhardt, Software Design
Christopher Gray, Software Design
Andrew Grebenisan, Computer Science
Manvir Grewal, Computer Science
Jack Guinane, Computer Science
Stephanie Harber, Software Design
Avry Harris, Software Design
Jacqueline Heaton, Biomedical Computing
Ross Hill, Software Design
Clark Hodgins, Software Design
Sebastian Hoefert, Software Design
Hanwen Hu, Software Design
Zhuo Huan, Software Design
Ian Hume, Software Design
Elliot Hume, Software Design
Jonah Isen, Biomedical Computing
Zhizi Jiang, Software Design
Yingjie Jin, Software Design
Ryan Kartavicius, Computer Science
Cesur Kavaslar, Software Design
Maxwell Keleher, Computer Science
Ryan Kirshenbaum, Computer Science
Brendan Kolisnik, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Andrew Lazenka, Software Design
Sangjun Lee, Computer Science
Benjamin Lee, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Johnathan Lee, Software Design
Alastair Lewis, Software Design
Yishan Li, Computer Science
Zane Little, Cognitive Computing
Shikai Liu, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Xinya Liu, Software Design
Mengfan Liu, Software Design
Lixuan Liu, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Chung-Ti Liu, Software Design
Nicole Liu, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Mo Liu, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Xiaotian Liu, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Zachary Livingston, Software Design
Yuanhao Lou, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Diyang Lu, Computing General
Kaelan Lupton, Computing Major
Tianbo Ma, Computer Science
Katherine Macdonald, Computing General
Tyler Mainguy, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Henry Mason, Computing Major
Mitchell Mathieu, Computing Major
Noam mcgregor, Computer Science
Christopher Molloy, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Alessia Morin, Biomedical Computing
Valentino Muiruri, Computing Major
Matthew Nicastro, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Stephanie Noel, Computing General
Noah Peneycad, Software Design
Zheng Peng, Software Design
Andrea Perera-Ortega, Computing Major
Ethan Peters, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Quentin Petraroia, Computer Science
Stephanie Pigeau, Biomedical Computing
Aidan Polese, Software Design
Matthew Pollock, Computer Science
Cameron Raymond, Computing Major
Scott Reed, Computer Science
Michael Reinhart, Software Design
Braedan Robinson, Software Design
Matthew Rodgers, Computer Science
Stefano Roque, Biomedical Computing
Katy Scott, Biomedical Computing
Tyler Searl, Software Design
Zhan Shi, Software Design
Kyusung Shim, Computer Science
Daylan Sit, Computing General
Zachary Slater, Software Design
Jocelyn Smith, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Miranda Smith, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Dragos Stefanov, Computer Science
Ella Stewart, Biomedical Computing
Duncan Stuart, Computing Major
Lixian Su, Computer Science
Brandon Tang, Software Design
Rachel Theriault, Biomedical Computing
Eve Travers, Software Design
Liam Walsh, Software Design
Connor Way, Software Design
Dean Wilkins-Reeves, Computer Science
Nicolas Wlodek, Cognitive Computing
Christopher Won, Software Design
Martin Woo, Cognitive Computing
Michael Wrana, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Victoria Wu, Cognitive Computing
Cynthia Wu, Software Design
Fang Xie, Software Design
Hong Yi Xiong, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Xue Yang, Computer Science
Lauren Yates, Biomedical Computing
Yifei Yin, Computing Major
Horace Yip, Software Design
Qianyu Zhang, Computing, Mathematics, and Analytics
Hanzhe Zhang, Software Design
Leonard Zhao, Biomedical Computing
Chuyan Zheng, Computer Science
Churan Zuo, Computing Major

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Alice Santilli wins Queen’s 3MT competition

3MT Alice Santilli

Original source Queen’s Gazette No stopping the Three Minute Thesis

Alice Santilli, a master’s candidate in the School of Computing, is the Queen’s Three Minute Thesis winner with her presentation ‘Sniffing out breast cancer.’

Every cancer patient who goes to the hospital for treatment hopes it will be their last.

Alice Santilli, a master’s candidate in the Queen’s School of Computing, wants to turn that hope into more of a reality for breast cancer patients.

“Around 40 percent of women who currently go through breast tumor removal in Canada will leave their surgery with breast cancer cells remaining in their bodies,” says Santilli, likening the process to unsuccessfully weeding a garden.

So, how do you keep the ‘weeds’ out in this case? Her research aims to create an artificial intelligence-based model that will help surgeons tell the difference between skin cells, fat cells, and tumorous cells, which would minimize the likelihood of follow-up surgeries.

Her process involves using a device called a mass spectrometer to analyze the smoke being generated by a surgical tool known as an intelligent knife, or iKnife, during the surgery. The data being fed to the surgeon in real-time would ensure the correct cells are removed.

Santilli’s exciting research and her strong presentation skills have earned her first place in the 2020 edition of the Queen’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Continue reading about Queen’s first virtual 3 Minute Thesis and the results at Queen’s Gazette No stopping the Three Minute Thesis

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Amber Simpson receives funding from NFRF 2019 Exploration Competition

Amber Simpson Headshot

Congrats to Amber Simpson who received funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2019 Exploration competition along with colleague Sharday Mosurinjohn. They have received $250,000 to develop a cancer digital twin from 400,000 medical images that predicts the pattern of cancer spread while considering the bioethical implications raised by the technology.

Learn more and read about all the Queen’s recipients in the Exploring New Frontiers Research Gazette story.

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6 Queen’s Computing students awarded Vector Scholarship in AI

Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

We are pleased to congratulate Queen’s University’s MSc in Computer Science students Brittaney Everitt, Duncan Stuart, Katy Scott, Minhaj Ansari, Rachel Theriault, and Zitong Su for receiving the Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence.

Scholarship recipients and students enrolled in Master’s programs recognized by Vector as providing the AI skills sought by employers have unique advantages including opportunities to attend events and talks connecting students with industry, such the CIFAR/Vector Job and Data Fair, AI Master’s Summit & Career Fair, as well as priority access to workshops and other recruiting events.

Read further about the Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence and the 2020-21 cohort.

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