Queen's School of Computing

2008 Highlights


December is a wonderful time at the School of Computing. As the term draws to a close and students and staff finish exams and assignments, we turn our attention to the upcoming winter break, with thoughts of friends and family and the promise of new challenges and opportunities in the new year. Before we all go our separate ways, we always find time to celebrate in the company of friends.

 

Holiday Party

This year, the festivities began with the annual School Holiday Party, held on Thursday, December 11th at the Donald Gordon Centre.

After cocktails and a fabulous buffet dinner, attendees were treated to a very special guest. Santa found time in his busy schedule to bring gifts to the children and even stayed around for an extended photo session with those young at heart.

On behalf of all who attended the party, we would like to thank Irene and Lynda for organizing a truly delightful evening.

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Eid al-Adha Festival

Next, members of the School were treated to excellent food and company in an Eid al-Adha Festival buffet hosted by the Muslim students in the School of Computing on December the 18th. Students brought delicious treats from around the world for everyone in the School to share and enjoy. The great food was matched by the company, an excellent time was had by all.

The lunch featured delicious dishes from around the world including: bufteek, kabseh, chicken biriyani, pakora, shawrma, Saudi green coffee, and more!

The School would like to thank the organizers of the potluck: Imad Abdallah and Farhana Zulkernine.

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Christmas Sing Along

The festivities closed with a Christmas carol sing along hosted by Janice Glasgow. Margaret Lamb and Janice accompanied on piano and guitar as students, faculty, and their families sang to traditional Christmas songs.
 
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Queen's students came by the dozens on Tuesday, November 25th to attend our Graduate Information Night.

The attractive and informative displays as well as the fascinating demos were matched only by the enthusiasm of our graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who were on hand to answer questions from a decidedly interested and curious audience.

On behalf of the School of Computing, I would like to express my appreciation to all those who contributed to the success of this event. In particular, I would like to offer my thanks to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for its support. Thank you Tom Bradshaw for being there as usual to help, and for the photography.

Our biggest gratitude goes to Debby Robertson who initiated the event, organized, coordinated, and orchestrated it from beginning to end.

Thank you Debby. Well done!

David Skillicorn publishes a new book:

Book:  Knowledge Discovery for Counterterrorism and Law Enforcement

Most of the research aimed at counterterrorism, fraud detection, or other forensic applications assumes that this is a specialized application domain for main stream knowledge discovery. Unfortunately, knowledge discovery changes completely when the datasets being used have been manipulated in order to conceal some underlying activity. Knowledge Discovery for Counterterrorism and Law Enforcement operates from the premise that detection algorithms must be rethought to be effective in this domain, and presents a new approach based on cutting-edge analysis for use in adversarial settings.

Focusing on four main forms of knowledge discovery: prediction, clustering, relationship discovery, and textual analysis, this volume:

  • Covers a timely and important topic for both computer science and law enforcement professionals
  • Presents an approach to knowledge discovery in adversarial settings based on cutting-edge research
  • Illustrates how datasets can be manipulated to provide concealment for criminals
  • Discusses how text and other forms of semi-structured data can be analyzed to find anomalies
  • Examines alternative methods for analyzing graphical and relational data, beyond visualization

While all knowledge-discovery systems are susceptible to manipulation, designers and users of algorithmic systems who are armed with the knowledge of these subversive tactics are better able to create systems to avoid these vulnerabilities. This book delineates an effective process for integrating knowledge-discovery tools, provides a unique understanding of the limits of technology, and contains a clear presentation of the upsides and pitfalls of data collection. It is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of anyone confronting the increasingly sophisticated tactics employed by malfeasant individuals.

Fall Convocation 2008

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The Fall 2008 convocation marked the installation of the new Chancellor of Queen's University, Dr David Dodge. Participating in the robing, the School's James Cordy as well as Sue Bates, Seamus Ryan, and Talia Radcliffe.

Congratulations to Dr. James Cordy of the School of Computing for receiving the 2008 award for excellence in graduate student supervision.

Established in 2005, this award is to recognize those outstanding Supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring graduate students through their training.

The award recognizes one faculty member from the social sciences and humanities and one from life sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Receiving degrees...

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Hanady Mohammed Abdulsalam
  • Mehdi Moradi

Master of Science

  • Muhammad Hosam Aboelfotoh
  • Qutaiba Albluwi
  • Mariam Baig
  • Lara Bailey
  • Nevon Christopher Brake
  • Christopher William Dragert
  • Lisa Yvonne Drewell
  • Adrien Lapointe
  • Ahmed Umar Memon
  • James Robert Provost
  • Sara Rahmati
  • Maryam Salehi
  • Hossain Mohammad Shahriar
  • David Alexander Van Geyn
  • Jared Ryan Warren
  • Jeffery Yim

Bachelor of Computing ( Honours )

  • Andreas Ehler Hanewich-Hollatz
  • Philip Horwitz

Bachelor of Computing

  • David Ariely
  • Joyce Inez Cooley (Distinction)
  • Henry Hsueh-Sung Lee
  • King-Yee Gary Yim (Distinction)
  • Jonathan Zufelt
Congratulation to all.

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Our School was ably represented by an outstanding group of volunteers at the first Queen's Fall Preview held on October 16th. The crowds and line-ups at our booth are a testimony to the enthusiasm and excitement exuded by the following wonderful people:
  • Purang Abolmaesumi
  • Roger Browse
  • Brian Butler
  • Gabor Fichtinger
  • Brian Gudmundsson
  • Krista Kostroman
  • Melissa Trezise
  • Paweena U-Thainual.
Thank you all so much. Thanks also to Irene and to Dean for their superb organizational efforts.


The second edition of Queen's Fall Preview 2008 was held November 8 in the BioSciences Complex from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. An estimated 3000 visitors (prospective applicants and their families) attended the event. I am happy to report that members of the School of Computing set a new record of participation.

Eighteen people volunteered the better part of their Saturday this weekend to serve the School's recruitment cause. We had four tables, several displays, a video presentation, and two interactive demonstrations. The faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students who represented us with talent and brio are:

  • Matthew Brehmer
  • Anthony Brohan
  • Roger Browse
  • Jenn Clarke
  • Gabor Fichtinger
  • Rob Fletcher
  • Nick Graham
  • Irene LaFleche
  • Mary McCollam
  • Dean McKeown
  • Alan McLeod
  • Tamara Redwood
  • Tad Stach
  • Bob Tennent
  • Sue-Sue U-Thainual
  • Siddharth Vikal
  • Chris Wolfe
  • Jeff Yim

Thank you all so much. Your enthusiasm and dedication further the School's educational mission. Your sense of pride is an expression of its unique spirit.

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On behalf of the School, a great thank you to all of the undergraduate students who volunteered their
time last Friday to paint a beautiful, shining, new crest by the main entrance to Goodwin Hall.

Congratulations, well done!

Selim Akl

The School of Computing at iTunes U

Over the coming months the School of Computing will be contributing video podcasts to the Queen's University iTunes U initiative. These short promotional videos offer a glimpse into what goes on here at the School.




Welcome to the Undergraduate Family
 
Data Mining: Election Spin Analysis with David Skillicorn
 
Biomedical Computing: Amber Simpson
Unconventional Computing Research Group
 
Introducing the Human Media Lab
 

See the page in iTunes U  

Homecoming Dean's Coffee Event

September 27, 2008

The Homecoming Coffee Party hosted by the Dean of Arts and Science this morning at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre was a great success.

I am delighted to report that the School of Computing was capably and enthusiastically represented by Paweena (Sue-Sue) U-Thainual, a PhD candidate under the supervision of Gabor. Sue-Sue set up a wonderful display (a Perk station and three posters) all by herself, and entertained the alumni with her detailed, skilful and sometimes humorous, explanations. Visitors to our table, including the Speaker of the House of Commons, were impressed by the demonstrations and the work we do here. Thank you Sue-Sue, we are proud of you. Thank you Gabor for volunteering your time and expertise. And thank you Richard for your help with the posters. A team effort that once again made us look good!

Selim

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Coffee with Profs

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Coffee with Profs is one of COMPSA's oldest events.

During Coffee with Profs students and faculty get together to relax, converse and play games. This event is be held every Tuesday at 1:30-2:30 pm in Goodwin 620. Free food & coffee provided!

 

School of Computing Art Gallery Opening

Contributed by Amy Van Berlo.

This summer, inspired by the artistic talents of the students, faculty and staff of the Queen's School of Computing, Janice Glasgow proposed an idea to beautify the Goodwin Hall sixth floor foyer with an art gallery. The gallery would not only create a more inviting space but it would also coincide with the launch of the Computing and the Creative Arts degree program this fall.

Through the generous donations of time and art from our students, faculty and staff, the School of Computing Art Gallery slowly came together. A three-wall interconnected mural, intended to create a union and flow among the contributed pieces, depicts stylized representations of the five Computing degree programs. A broad range of art is represented in the Gallery, including photographs, sketches, paintings, carvings, ceramics, digital games, paper origami and more! To accommodate this variety, art work has been hung on the walls, displayed in a glass case, hung from the ceiling, and exhibited in a touch screen monitor mounted on the wall. Additional submissions from past and present members of the School are welcome at any time.

So many people have contributed to this project and it was a great pleasure to be a part of it. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Glasgow, Mireille Gomes and Irene Lafleche for their suggestions and support, and Tom Bradshaw, Ben Hall, Dave Dove and Richard Linley for their invaluable assistance in displaying the talents of our artists. Thank you to everyone who helped bring this gallery to life. See you at the Grand Opening!

The School of Computing Art Gallery Grand Opening: Goodwin Hall, Sixth Floor Thursday, September 11th, 2:30 pm

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Computing and the Creative Arts

Art makes us human. It also defines the human-computer interface.
Work in gaming, electronic arts and interaction design influences the way billions of people live their lives, do business, and experience culture.

This innovative new program is aimed at students with interests and abilities in both Computing and the Arts. You'll do advanced courses in Art, Drama, Film, or Music, plus a solid concentration in Computer Science and Mathematics. Fill out your program with electives in other Arts areas and interdisciplinary courses of all kinds. Graduates can expect to work in the entertainment industry, in art galleries and museums, in multimedia design and production, and developing the next generation of software for the Arts.

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EQUIS Lab

The EQUIS Lab (Engineering Interactive Systems at Queen's University) performs research in Collaborative Gaming Technology. Current projects include Computer-Aided Exercise, the Raptor tabletop-based tools for game prototyping, and the Fiia.Net toolkit for development of collaborative computing systems. The EQUIS Lab is part of Queen's School of Computing.

Specialized equipment in the lab includes two computer-aided exercise stations, each involving a Tunturi E6R recumbent bicycle and a Geowall 3D display, and a multitouch tabletop surface based on frustrated total internal reflection technology. The lab currently has eight graduate students, and is directed by Dr. Nicholas Graham.

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Medical Image Analysis (MedIA) Laboratory

Established in 2002 in the School of Computing at Queen's University by Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi, MedIA Lab research focuses on the development of medical image processing and registration techniques, as well as new surgical techniques for image-guided therapy and diagnosis.

The laboratory members have access to a high-performance computing server, as well as high-end computing and image capturing equipment. In addition, the also has a GE Voluson 730 3D/4D ultrasound machine, two Sonix RP ultrasound machines from Ultrasounix Inc., as well as an NDI Certus optical tracking system.

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The New Website

When you visit the School of Computing website, you'll notice dramatic, exciting changes. A new, sleek, modern look, quick access menus, and a dynamic new presentation of the School's research and information make a visit to the website almost as good as being there. There are new pictures of faculty and staff, as well as students at work and play. The Highlights section profiles important events, programs and research going on in the School.

We've added an Events calendar, a News section, an Employment Opportunities section, as well as a Seminars calendar, all with RSS feeds to keep you informed about what's going on at the School. There are new links to current research topics in Human Computer Interaction, Biomedical Computing, Software Technology, Networks, and many others. Keep your eye on the News for updated stories about innovative research, faculty, and students at the School.

For new or prospective Undergraduate and Graduate students, program information is front and centre - available at the click of a link under the main menu heading or on the main page itself.

Thanks to the School of Computing Technical Staff members for their initiative and hard work in the design and implementation of the new website.

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