||We are proud to have a strong relationship with CS-Can|Info-Can and it’s no surprise to us that one of our graduate students has been elected a Student Member for the 2020 Board of Directors. Congratulations Maram! Keep up the great work!
Visit CS-Can|Info-Can website to see the full 2020 Board of Directors listing.
On September 30th, Dr. Jim Cordy gave a presentation titled “This Means That: A Research Parable” at CS-Can|Info-Can Webinar series. Dr. Cordy shared his research career journey and how his experiences guided him to opportunities that shaped his career. His storytelling approach to the webinar was engaging and made you feel like you right there with him along the journey. A memorable quote from the talk includes:
“If you have a good idea and it’s rejected or people are not happy with it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. It might mean it’s a really good idea.”
The full talk is available on the CS-Can|Info-Can website at Watch “This Means That: A Research Parable” with James R. Cordy
The Global Undergraduate 2020 Awards Programme has recognized School of Computing graduate student Rachel Theriault as a Highly Commended Entrant for her paper ‘Thesis – The Use of Sparse Subspace Clustering to Detect Breast Cancer from DESI-MS Scans.‘ In addition to being placed in the top 10% of among 4,148 submissions, receiving this award means that Rachel will have her work made available in the Global Undergraduate Award’s online database known as The Undergraduate Library. She will also have the opportunity to attend the Undergraduate Awards Virtual Summit.
Submissions for the 2021 Awards are now being accepted!
More information can be found on the The Global Undergraduate Awards Website.
It is very exciting to be one of the students representing Queen’s this year at the Global Undergraduate Awards. It was truly an honour to have had the opportunity to submit my work alongside so many other students from around the world. To have my work recognized means a great deal to me as I hold the experiences and knowledge I gained in producing my thesis close to my heart. I would like to thank my supervisor Dr. Randy E. Ellis for his encouragement to submit my work, and for all of his guidance and support along the way. I would also like to thank the organizer of the thesis program Dr. Mousavi, and the School of Computing for providing me with the chances to produce the research I submitted. This is an experience I will not soon forget.
10 undergraduate students from Queen’s University have received the Schulich Leader Award Scholarship. We’re proud to see 3 Computing students included in the list.
Here’s what the winners had to say about receiving this scholarship.
Becoming a Schulich Leader has also connected me to an amazing network of people who want to make a difference in STEM like I do, which is an extremely valuable resource to have. It’s because of these advantages the Schulich Leader scholarship has offered me that I am in a unique position where I can make an impact at Queen’s and beyond that I couldn’t have dreamed of before, and I hope to take advantage of being in that position to the fullest.
One of the things I love about computer science is how far reaching its applications are. The skills computer scientists have are useful in so many fields, and I’m still exploring where I want to go with the skills I’ll have. One of the places I could see myself making the most difference in is developing software to help people with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders. I think computing has the potential to be helpful in improving all areas of a person’s health, and I think I’d like to be a part of making that potential a reality.
As for my career, I want to work with young kids and further educate them in the fields of STEM. Same as other schools, usually there are not that many girls in a computer science class. In my community, there were only two girls including me in the computer science class. So I want to be able to educate the kids in my town to realize how many pathways there are. In general, for my career, I want to be able to use my knowledge in software to help people and their needs. For example, I would love to work in areas with prosthetics and or robotics. However, I am not 100% set on my future, I am planning on being open with my courses, so I am able to see what intrigues me the most.
Congratulations to you all, we hope this scholarship helps you in achieving your fantastic aspirations!
David Skillicorn comments on the recent data breach by Canadian real-estate company Brookfield Residential
Canadian real-estate company Brookfield Residential has faced a data breach by DarkSide, a new ransomware group has downloaded confidential data from the company’s website. Professor David Skillicorn provides further details on the hacker’s potential strategy behind the attack.
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:
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
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