Queen's School of Computing



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

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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The Library

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.

Office Space

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 buildings.

Lounge Area

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.

Further Information

For further information concerning School and research activities, contact:

Debby Robertson, Graduate Secretary,
debby@cs.queensu.ca, or (613) 533-6781.