Nicole Osayande receives the McCall MacBain Scholarship

Undergraduate student Nicole Osayande is well known in the University for her academic excellence, leadership, EDI advocacy, and enthusiasm for the School of Computing. She has recently been named an inaugural scholar McCall MacBain Scholar among 20 students. Such an achievement has garnered recognition at the Queen’s Gazette as well as The Globe and Mail.  Nicole will be using this scholarship toward her upcoming master’s degree in biological and biomedical engineering at McGill University.  Nicole comments on what it has meant to win this award. She says:

“Winning this award means that I get to pursue my leadership passion projects on a graduate level, with the resources and network to impact even more people. Branching from my club Queen’s Student Diversity Project, during my time at McGill, I intend to focus on setting structures in place to provide marginalized student populations with the resources they need to dwell in predominantly white institutions. I can’t wait!”

Although she is excited for the next steps, she acknowledges how her time at Queen’s has brought her to this point.

“What drew me to Queen’s was its one-of-a-kind program –Biomedical Computing; and through this specialization program, I have been able to delve into my creative and innovative side in a way I never knew possible.”

We’re so proud of your accomplishments Nicole and we’re excited to see what you do next! Congratulations!

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Creative Computing Showcase 2021

This year’s Creative Computing Showcase was unlike any other that we’ve hosted in the past. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was held virtually on Hopin.

The event was an immersive experience where guests could view poster presentations, video presentations, and play video games all from the comfort and convenience of their own homes.

Congratulations to all the students two participated and brought their best work forward. You made the event the success that it was!


You weren’t able to attend this year’s event, not to worry. All projects have been compiled  for you to peruse at your own pace. We can’t wait to host another Creative Computing Showcase and see all the innovation that is alive and well!

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Celebrating wonderful achievements in the Perk Lab and the Med-i Lab

Faculty, staff, and students from the Med-i Lab and the Perk Lab  participated in the 19th Imaging Network Ontario meeting that brings together the best in-class physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals and trainees to present the state of the art in health imaging and its impact. Staff and students chaired from the Queen’s School of Computing, presented and participated in numerous activities. A number of students from these labs were recognized awards.  The winners are as follows.

Andrea Perera-Ortega

Andrea won the MSc Student Best Pitch Presentation Award for her presentation  “Machine learning to detect brain lesions in focal epilepsy. After winning this award, she states:

It means a great deal to me to be presented with this award. This was actually my first project involving machine learning and the experience I had led me to pursue a Master’s degree at the Med-i Lab here at Queen’s. I learned so much and am incredibly thankful to Jonah Isen, Dr. Alireza Sedghi, Dr. Parvin Mousavi, Dr. Gavin Winston and Dr. Sjoerd Vos for supporting me and teaching me so much throughout this project.

Jessica Rodgers

Jessica won the  PDF Best Oral Presentation Award for her presentation “Feasibility of fusing three-dimensional transabdominal and transrectal ultrasound images to visualize intracavitary gynaecological brachytherapy applicators.” Jessica comments on what it has meant to win  this award. She states:

I’m very grateful to have received this award for my oral presentation describing the feasibility of combining different types of 3D ultrasound images to visualize devices used during internal radiation therapy of gynecologic cancers. This award adds confidence to my ability to tell the story of my work to diverse audiences, which is important for the highly interdisciplinary research in this field. I also hope that with this award I can encourage other trainees to develop their communication skills.

Alice Santilli

Alice won the MSc Student Best Pitch Presentation Award  for her presentation “Domain adaptation and self-supervised learning for surgical margin detection.” After winning this award, she states:

Our work for IMNO was focused on using the relative path algorithm, which created a two-part model that allows for the influence of added data diversity in the form of pretraining task, with a different dataset (BCC) to maximize classification performance of our target dataset, breast cancer. Winning this award is exciting for myself and the team that puts so much time and energy into achieving the full potential of the iKnife. I’m thrilled that others enjoy the work that we do.

Laura Connolly

Laura Connolly, whose research is focused on applying robotic assistance to breast conserving surgery, won the MSc Student Best Pitch Presentation Award  for her presentation “A platform for robot-assisted intraoperative imaging in breast conserving surgery. ” Laura comments on what it has meant to win this award. She states:

I have loved attending ImNO for the last two years to share the work we’re doing at Queen’s with the Ontario Imaging community. I am very grateful to be awarded for my presentation in the Image Guided Surgery session and it is very motivating to find out that other people are as excited about this project as I am!


And that’s not all.

Laura Connolly, won another award. She has been noted as the the runner up at Queen’s 3MT and moves to the provincials. Laura says:

It is a huge Honour to place in the Queen’s 3MT competition among the other incredible finalists. This competition was an exciting way to present my own research and learn about the research happening in different departments at Queen’s!

Jessica Rodgers (PDF) won won the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research Rising Stars award in the PDF category! Jessica says:

I’m very excited to have been selected for this award — from my past experiences with OICR events, I’ve seen that OICR supports truly high-caliber researchers in Ontario and I’m honoured to be recognized for my potential as a “rising star” among them. This is especially important for me as I’ve found that many people don’t fully realize the role that engineering and computing plays in cancer research, instead focusing on research at the biochemical or cellular levels. I’m particularly passionate about advocating for cancer research paths in these under-recognized fields among youth investigating future career directions and I feel that this recognition of my research potential and community engagement provides me with a greater opportunity to connect with the broader cancer research community and increase exposure for these fields.


Congratulations to all our winners and the members of the Med-i and Perk Labs, and lab  directors Parvin Mousavi and Gabor Fichtinger!






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Queen’s School of Computing faculty and students receive 2021 Teaching Awards

Queen’s University’s 2021 Teaching Awards was held virtually on YouTube on March 24th, 2021 at 4:30 pm EDT. We are proud to announce that three award recipients were from the School of Computing.

The recipients are as follows.

Wendy Powley recipient of the  2020 Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award

Wendy Powley Headshot


” It is an honour to have been awarded the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award and to be recognized on the same level as several of the top educators at Queen’s University. I am grateful to the School of Computing for giving me the opportunity to work with so many incredibly talented students throughout the years. You continue to inspire me, both during your time at Queen’s and beyond. Many thanks to my colleagues at the School of Computing for the nomination and their support and encouragement which has made this possible.” Wendy Powley

Christian Muise, recipient of the Educational Technology Award (Information Technology Services)

“It’s an honour to be recognized for the work put into re-imagining how AI can be applied in the classroom setting. The contributions that led to the nomination were largely influenced by the feedback and tremendous support from fellow instructors, teaching assistants, and the students themselves — big kudos to everyone for making the semester a memorable one and the course a success! It’s exciting to look back on the new elements created for teaching computing fundamentals, and even more exciting to see the growing list of ideas that will make an impact in both the classroom and research settings.”
– Christian Muise


Taylor Smith recipient of the SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award recipient  (Society of Graduate and Professional Students) 

”  As someone who greatly enjoys education (both as a student and as a teacher), receiving this award feels like the capstone of my teaching experience at Queen’s. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching one course and TAing seven other courses during my PhD, and it means a lot to have had so many opportunities to introduce students to the theoretical side of computing. Even though I’m reaching the end of my grad studies and preparing to begin my career in academia, I’ll always remember the students I met in the School of Computing, and I hope they’ll remember me too. ”  – Taylor Smith


The full ceremony can be viewed here.


Congratulations to all the winners! Continue the excellent work!

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Queen’s School of Computing cohosts the Coded Bias panel discussion

On March 12th, Professor Catherine Stinson moderated a panel discussion on bias in AI in response to the American documentary Coded Bias  was directed by Shalini Kantayya. The panelists in this session were  Llana James and Dr. Bretton Fosbrook.

LLana James

LLana James is the AI, Medicine and Data Justice Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University. She is also wrapping up her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. Her research  is focused on the intersection of AI applications in, clinical care, population health, public health data science and the law, and its particular implications for BlackLife. LLana’s recent thinking and research can be found in the Conversation, the Toronto Star, the AI health podcast and the web series COVID  conversations, which is the first and longest running pan-Canadian series on race-based data collection, AI, Big Data, privacy, ethics and equity in health. You can find more at @REDE4BlackLives on Twitter.


Dr. Bretton Fosbrook

Bretton Fosbrook (he/they) is Senior UX Researcher at Wealthsimple, where he creates organizational and institutional change in the service of more just futures. Building from nearly 10 years of experience in knowledge integration and environmental scanning, Bretton works as an advisor to organizations that are ready to respond with purpose to emerging culture, economic, and technology trends. Previously, Bretton was a research fellow at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where he developed and led the Working Beyond the Binary project, an initiative seeking to improve the workplace conditions for trans and gender non-conforming people in Canada by helping businesses to understand the changing landscape of gender diversity. Bretton received a PhD (2017) in science and technology studies from York University.


You can watch the full panel discussion here.





Special thanks to all involved for providing an interesting and engaging discussion!


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Professor David Skillicorn comments on a recent ransomware attack at Molson Coors

A recent ransomware attack took place at Molson Coors Beverage Company. Professor David Skillicorn provides a comment to the Welland Tribune with further details behind such a ransomware attack.

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Professor Nick Graham’s research on the Liberi Exergame gains positive attention

Dr. Nick Graham collaborated with  Dr. Darcy Fehlings, developmental pediatrician from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in developing the Liberi Exergame which is a video gaming system powered by exercise bikes.  A  former study participant shares his positive experience with the exergame.

Dr. Graham provides commentary on the challenges involved in integrating exergames into physical educational curriculum.

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Queen’s School of Computing students participate in winter sports

Computing students have a lot on their plates.  With academics taking center stage, participation in Queen’s athletics has enhanced the student experience for many. We spoke with some students to tell us more about their experiences. Here’s what we learned.

Brittaney Everitt

How long have you been on the team?

I was on the Queen’s Varsity Figure Skating team all four years of my undergraduate Biomedical Computing degree at Queen’s. During third and fourth year I was a co-captain. This year I am no longer skating but still actively involved with the team. Currently I am a first year Research-Based Master’s student in the artificial intelligence stream and coach on the team.

How does your involvement in sports impact your student experience at Queen’s?

Coming to Queen’s not knowing anyone in first year, skating on the team immediately gave me a sense of belonging and involvement in the Queen’s community in addition to [the School of Computing]. Being on the team allowed me to stay active and continue something I love while also being in school. As a student athlete, I was able to live a very balanced, healthy lifestyle – where skating was a great refresh and study break and vice versa.

What aspect of this experience do you look forward to the most?

Traveling to competitions across Ontario with the team was definitely a highlight of the experience.  As crazy as it might sound, I also really enjoyed our daily 6 AM practices.  It was great to kick start every morning by spending time with my teammates.  We worked very hard towards a common goal, but also had a lot of fun while doing it.

What words of encouragement do you have for any incoming computing student who is thinking about joining a sports team?

Trying out for the figure skating team was one of the best decisions I made while at Queen’s and ultimately has become a huge part of both my undergraduate and graduate life. Being a student athlete in the School of Computing is very manageable, but you have to manage your time wisely and make sure to start assignments early to get help if needed. Staying on top of everything will really help make both experiences a great success. As well, professors in the School of Computing are very accommodating to student athletes.


Emma Ritcey

How long have you been on the team?
I have been on the women’s basketball team at Queen’s for all five years of my undergrad.

How does your involvement with sports impact your student experience?
Being on a varsity team has been the highlight of my experience at Queen’s. Although it creates a busy schedule, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The experiences I’ve gone through have taught me so much about myself that I can take with me in my life after basketball. The memories I’ve made and relationships I’ve built with my teammates and coaches go much past sport and will last a lifetime.

What words of encouragement do you have for any incoming computing student who is thinking about joining a sports team?
As long as you manage your time and stay on top of your school work, you can definitely thrive in both academics and athletics. Things may feel overwhelming at times but you gain so much from being a student athlete that it’s definitely worth it!


We’d also like to recognize a number of our other students who participate in winter sports at Queen’s:

  • Henry Van Herk (men’s basketball)
  • Shouyue Hu (men’s fencing)
  • Kenneth West (men’s fencing)
  • Brandon Schuldhaus (men’s hockey)
  • Nicholas Cheny (men’s Nordic ski)

Exercise and group sports can have such positive effects on physical health, mental health, and academic performance.  At the School of Computing, we encourage students to participate in variety of activities so that they can broaden their educational experience. Athletics is certainly no exception.

We hope this inspires both our current and prospective students to join.


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The 2020 QSC Awards Ceremony

On January 28th, the School of Computing held a virtual awards ceremony in celebration of the recipients of the 2020 QSC Awards. In the words of our School Director, Hossam Hassanein: “we are a department of  achievers.” Although this ceremony is traditionally held in the foyer of Goodwin Hall, the  virtual nature of the event allowed us to be creative and have a Hawaiian themed celebration as a way to bring some added cheer and chase the January blues away. From beach backgrounds to Hawaiian shirts, we saw a number of attendees get into the spirit.

The full recording of the ceremony is available here:



Congratulations to all our recipients!

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Alice Santilli has been selected for 3rd place at the Ontario Regional 3MT Virtual Competition 2020

Congratulations to Alice Santilli on winning 3rd place at the the Ontario Regional 3MT Virtual Competition 2020 for her project titled “Sniffing Out Breast Cancer,” supervised by Drs. Gabor Fichtinger and Parvin Mousavi. The awards were announced at yesterday’s virtual event hosted by the University of Windsor. It is worth noting that Alice was glad to be in the company of other female students who were selected as finalists. Alice encourages computing students to challenge themselves and participate in this contest in the future because it is a great opportunity to gain the tools and confidence to effectively communicate computer science research to wider audiences. Well done Alice and keep up the great work!
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