Established in 1964, the Department of Computer Science at Western has developed strong academic and research programs to become one of the leading establishments in its field. Our faculty are the recipients of many teaching and research awards. We are home to a vibrant and dynamic department with much to offer to undergraduate students, graduate students and visitors.
On Friday, September 26, 2014, Hossam Isack successfully defended his PhD thesis. The title of his thesis was "Energy Based Multi-Model Fitting and Matching Problems" and his supervisor was Dr. Yuri Boykov.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Lizotte, who is currently at the University of Waterloo, has accepted a faculty position at Western between Computer Science and Epidemiology. He will start January 1, 2015. Dan is interested in the areas of machine learning, reinforcement learning, and statistics, particularly as they apply to problems in medical health informatics.
Mark Daley is one of the researchers at Western University who are using IBM Cloud and Analytics to watch regions of the human brain communicating with each other to diagnose and describe brain disorders in real time.
Jenna Butler has received a Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award is given based on evidence of excellence in academic endeavours with particular emphasis on exceptional performance in undergraduate classroom teaching and undergraduate course/curriculum development. The official presentation will be made at the Faculty and Staff Recognition lunch in December. Congratulations Jenna!
Charles Ling was recently awarded an NSERC i2i (Idea to Innovation) grant for the R&D of GlucoGuide, a data-analytic based system for people with diabetes. For more info, see http://cling.csd.uwo.ca/GlucoGuide.html. In addition, he was recently awarded NSERC Engage Grants (EG) entitled "Personalized content management using collaborative filtering" with Arcane Digital Inc. in London.
Western Computer Science would like to thank GitHub for their support once again in providing free, private Git repositories for use in our courses here in the department. Among other courses, students in the third year networking course will use GitHub to submit their assignment code, all the while gaining experience with Git, a relevant and in-demand version control system.
The Computer Science Department at Western University would like to thank Amazon Web Services again for their generous donation of 7500 dollars worth of credits towards their cloud services. This year, the third year database course will be using Amazon Virtual Machines to make PHP online applications that access back-end databases. THANK YOU AMAZON!
At the recent Compute Ontario Research Day held at the Perimiter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Computer Science undergraduate student Coby Viner received the Best Talk Award for his talk entitled "Validation of Predicted mRNA Splicing Mutations Using High-throughput Transcriptome Data". Congratulations and well deserved!
Jenna Butler was recently awarded a 2014 University Students’ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Sponsored by Alumni Western, the award demonstrates the value Western students place on quality teaching and outstanding professors. The winners have dedicated a significant amount of time to enhance classroom learning, and have inspired their students through their passion and care.
Steven Beuachemin has received a grant through the Ministry of Transportation Ontario's Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program for a proposal titled "The Role of Environmental Information in Predicting and Directing Driver Intent" The grant is about understanding how Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) information can a) influence the sensing and functionality of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems and b) influence short and long term driver decision making (intent).
Charles Ling and Yuri Boykov have both been selected to receive Distinguished Research Professorship Awards. Terms of the research professorship will be for one year and will allow an opportunity for a dedicated full-time effort in research. Selection will be made on the basis of a distinguished record in research and a special opportunity which the release may offer. Congratulations Charles and Yuri.
The Computer Science department would like to congratulate Oluwakemi (Kemi) Ola on winning the people's choice award at the 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition held April 10, 2014. 3MT is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. Well done Kemi!
CS1033 announced the winners for it's bi-annual poster contest. This year the students designed posters for the Epilepsy Support Centre. The winning poster will be used extensively in this year's marketing campaign. Josh's poster was selected out of over 700 posters. Congratulations! The other top seven posters can be found here.
Jenna Butler has been selected as a recipient of the USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, sponsored by Alumni Western. The USC Teaching Awards Committee was blown away by her enthusiasm and ability to teach computer science in an interesting and unique way. The strong connection between Jenna and her students was very obvious. Congratulations!
Lila Kari has been named Editor-in-Chief of the premium theoretical journal in Europe entitled "Theoretical Computer Science". This journal has been published by Elsevier since 1975. The journal publishes 52 issues a year and is abstracted and indexed by Scopus and the Science Citation Index.
Shenglong Gao was recently chosen for The NEXT 36 program, one that aims to bolster young entrepreneurs in order to help them become innovative leaders of tomorrow. The highly selective program sees more than 1,000 applications across Canada each year.
Award of Merit
At the Science's Faculty and Staff Recognition lunch, Laura Reid received the Dean's Special Award of Merit for service. The Dean especially noted Laura's efforts in outreach for the Faculty of Science. Great job and Congratulations Laura.
Mike Katchabaw was recently interviewed on Rogers TV's Daytime London Show. The topic of discussion was the state of video game development in Canada, London and Western University with special emphasis on the new Diploma in Game Development program. The Department of Computer Science at Western has had a Game Development program for the last 10 years and has ties to game development companies in London and across Canada.
CANARIE has approved funding of $652,000 for the Network Enabled Platform project: “Research and Educational Activities using Laboratory Mechatronics (REALM)”, with Michael Bauer as the Principal Investigator. The objective of REALM is to exploit and generalize previous work done in the Science Studio project so that it can be used by a wide range of researchers to observe, control and collect data from remote experiments in environments that are not easily accessible by reason of distance or danger.
Amazon AWS Grant
Jeff Shantz has received an Amazon AWS in Education Coursework Grant. The grant will allow students enrolled in CS 2212b in Winter 2014 to work with Amazon AWS technologies. As part of their group project, the students will be creating a clone of a popular online service using Amazon technologies such as EC2, S3, and DynamoDB. Amazon operates the largest public cloud in the world, powering some of the most popular web services such as Netflix, Pinterest, Dropbox, and reddit.
Professors Hanan Lutfiyya and Abdallah Shami (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) have received an NSERC Strategic Grant. Cloud computing (CC) solutions are available, where a pool of virtualized, dynamically-scalable, computing power and storage are delivered on demand to clients over the Internet. This strategic grant will be used to fund research that can be used to allow providers to include networking as a service.
Mike Katchabaw is part of an interdisciplinary team that received a Collaborative Research Seed Grant (CRSG) for a project titled: "Establishing the Western Collaboration for Integration of Consumer Technology and Healthcare (CICTH) Research Group". The focus of this work is to leverage consumer technologies like smart phones, game consoles, and various wearable technologies to create novel and innovative applications for rehabilitation and health care.
Hanan Lutfiyya is part of a Western University research team which has won Western's first-ever Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Award. Their proposal, Robust Energy-Efficient Data Center Resource Provisioning in an SDN environment, was the only Canadian winner in the ‘Big Data and Network’ theme and one of only three Canadian proposals to receive an award.
Charles Ling was Invited by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), for the second year, to give a talk to all incoming graduate students to Western in the Graduate Student Orientation on Sept 3, 2013. The title of the talk: Crafting Your Research Future.
Marc Moreno Maza's cluster application, Computer Algebra and High-Performance Computing Support for Model Predictive Control, has been awarded a Mitacs-Accelerate Internship. His industrial partner for this program is Maplesoft, a world leader in computer algebra software and the grant is worth $205,000.00.
Mark Daley was part of a team who won top prize in the Hackathon at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping that was recently heldin Seattle, Washington. The Western team, led by neuroscientist Rhodri Cusack - and a collaborator from Washington University, developed a novel approach to better understand how the human brain processes sounds.
The Department congratulates Laura Reid for receiving a Faculty of Science Technology-enhanced Learning Innovation Award to develop an on-line course that teaches intro programming using Java Script.
Christina Shan was among five post-secondary students and recent graduates who were named the winners of the first ever 24 hour RBC Next Great Innovator (NGI) Challenge Prototyping Event. The team was awarded $5,000 by a panel of RBC executives for creating a working prototype, including social media components, that would make everyday banking easier. (more)
Omid Mola recently worked with Cyborg Trading Systems (CTS) through the Mitacs-Accelerate project to create an Autonomic Computing system to handle their automated financial trading. The system created is completely unique and gives CTS a significant advantage in their field. Congratulations Omid! (more)
Long time Department of Computer Science colleague, Arto Salomaa of the Turku Center for Computer Science, University of Turku, Finland, was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree by Western University on June 13, 2013. (more)
Mark Daley recently celebrated the 1 year anniversary of an IBM research initiative by showing a live demo of brain graphs being generated from the functional magnetic resonance imaging data of a postdoc. (more)
NSERC recently awarded 2 prestigious honors to CSD faculty members. Kaizhong Zhang was awarded a Discovery Accelerator Grant and Lucian Ilie was awarded a Research Tools and Instruments Grant. Congratulations to both on their exceptional work.
Mark Daley has been invited to participate in the Science Leadership Program being held May 2-4, 2013, at the University of Toronto. Only 8 people outside of U of T were chosen from across Canada to be SLP Fellows. Congratulations Mark!
Stephen Watt gave a talk in the "Science Here and Now:" series at the Wolf Performance Hall on April 16th entitled "The Limits of Computation". The talk explored what computers might ultimately do, now and in the future, and what will be forever beyond their reach.
The winners of the DAPS competition held on campus during reading week included CS students Oluwakemi Ola (Kemi), Coby Scott Viner, Shunwei Zhu and Igor Milevskiy as well as CS professor Mike Katchabaw. Congratulations to the whole team for a job well done!
ACM Programming Contest
Two teams from the Computer Science department represented Western at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Windsor, Saturday, November 3. Their splendid performances at the event was due to good solid preperation. Congratulations to all!
Lately the availablity of jobs in the Information Technology field has been on the rise. The following are links to articles in local and national newspapers which discuss this situation:
Degrees With Best Rate of Return - A study, which analyzed more than seven million resumes on the Workopolis job search website, found degrees that showed the highest percentage working in jobs related to their education included nursing (97 per cent); pharmacy (94 per cent); computer science (91 per cent); engineering (90 per cent) and human resources (88 per cent). Globe and Mail (Aug 7/14)
Top 2 Jobs are CS Jobs - All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security. This year the top 2 jobs are Computer Science related jobs!
Best and Worst MSc Degrees for Jobs - Check out this Forbes article on best and worst MSc degrees for jobs. Computer Science comes in at number 2 for best.
Why Canada is failing at tech - Computer science and technology is another sector that can be included in the ongoing skills-gap crisis in Canada, according to Ryan Holmes, CEO of social media management company HootSuite. Holmes suggests a sustained engagement with educators, at both the high school and PSE levels, is a logical first step to encouraging youth to pursue studies in computer science. He also suggests that the tech sector do a better job of promoting the image of software engineering as creative, inventive, and “sexy.” Financial Post (Jul 10/13)
Best Computer Jobs for the Future - Trying to determine your ideal IT career path? Want to know which computer jobs will be in the greatest demand, offer the highest salaries and best opportunities for advancement once you finish training? ITCareerFinder assembled this comparison of the decade’s hottest technology careers to serve as your guide. These 10 computer jobs will experience the fastest growth through 2020, pay salaries well above the national average, boast top employment rates and offer a range of advancement opportunities.www.itcareerfinder.com
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