Kingston is a relatively small (the population of the city and suburbs is
around 120,000), "university" city, located midway between Toronto and
Montreal and about 160 kilometres south of Ottawa.
There are excellent rail and road communications to these cities. Kingston
was the site of the 1976 Sailing Olympics and is situated on the waterfront
at the eastern most end of Lake Ontario. It supports a symphony orchestra
and a number of theatre groups. A second university, the Royal Military
College, is also located in the city.
Queen's, founded in 1841, is one of the oldest Canadian Universities. The
student population is deliberately small, around 13,000 students of whom
about 2,000 are enrolled in the Graduate School, in 52 departments. About
60 of these graduate students are registered in the School of Computing.
The University is organized into 16 faculties and schools: Faculty of
Applied Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty
of Law, Faculty of Medicine, School of Business, School of English,
School of Graduate Studies and Research
, School of Industrial Relations, School of Music, School
of Nursing, School of Physical Health and Education, School of Political
Studies, School of Public Administration, School of Rehabilitation Therapy,
and School of Urban and Regional Planning. Graduate work in Computing
Science is administered through the
The School of Computing is located in
Goodwin Hall. A "technology centre" provides an integrated set of
buildings linking the School of Computing, Electrical Engineering and the
Computing Centre. Administrative offices are currently on the 5th floor of
Goodwin. The School was established in 1969, and has an academic staff
with considerable teaching and research experience. As well as the
graduate programs at the Master's and Ph.D. levels, it offers an honours
Bachelor's degree either with a major or a medial concentration in CISC and
provides introductory computing instruction to the university as a whole.
The normal requirement for the M.Sc. program is a background in Computing
Science roughly equivalent to a Bachelor s degree with a major
concentration in Computing Science. Exceptional students with some
background in computing may be admitted as graduate preparatory students.
The School has about 45 full-time graduate students at the Master's
level and normally admits about 25 new students each year. The Ph.D.
program admits about 6 students per year. Ph.D. applicants should have
completed a Master's degree in Computing Science. There are currently 25
candidates enrolled in the Ph.D. program. The various programs of study
are described later in this brochure.
The graduate program is administered by the Coordinator(s) of Graduate
Studies. A graduate committee which includes both faculty and student
representatives determines policy in the various graduate programs. A
small sub-committee makes decisions regarding admissions. Decisions
regarding equipment and other facilities are made by the resources
committee which again includes graduate student representation. A third
committee, the undergraduate committee, completes the School
committee structure. These committees report to periodic meetings of the
full School which includes faculty, graduate, undergraduate and staff
representation. Students are encouraged at all times to participate in
School decisions on policy affecting graduate students.
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Computing Science textbooks, monographs, journals and technical reports
from dozens of universities and research institutes are all housed in the
Douglas Library (Engineering and Science). Other books and periodicals of
interest may be found in the main university library, and in other branch
libraries, particularly those for Mathematics and Psychology.
University Computing Facilities
Queen's Information and Technology Services (ITS) manages a number of
systems on campus, including an (IBM) mainframe (QUCDN), a Sun Sparc server
(QLINK) and the Jeffery SPARC lab. Terminals connected to the IBM
mainframe are located at various sites across campus. QUCDN is used for
Academic computing. QLINK can be accessed from PCs on campus, or through
the QLINK dial-in-lines; QLINK provides Internet Service for the student
population at Queen's. The Jeffery SPARC lab is a collection of 36 Sparc4
workstations with a Ultra Sparc server located in Jeffery Hall room 155;
this site supports Academic computing. For more information on the ITS
computing facilities visit their office in the Stauffer Library.
School of Computing Facilities
Graduate students tend to make more extensive use of the School's
facilities rather than the University central ones described above. The
general research facility is a network of Sun, SGI, Apple and PC
workstations. The network consist of about 100 workstations supported by
file servers. The network is connected to the University network which
provides access to the Internet. The School's facilities are divided into
about 10 laboratories that contain specialized equipment such as high-end
graphics workstations, scanners, robotic equipment, audio and video
equipment, multi-processing machines and colour laser printers. The School
also maintains a laboratory of Sun, PC and Apple workstations for
undergraduate teaching. These facilities are available during the Spring
and Summer terms for research.
All full-time students are provided with office or lab space. Currently
most offices are shared by four students although some of the larger
offices have a larger population. Smoking is forbidden in University
A general lounge and coffee room area is maintained on the 6th floor. This
is open to all staff and graduate students in the School.
For further information concerning School and research activities,
, or (613) 533-6781.