Western Iphone App: Designed and developed by computer science students.
Research: The RoadLAB Project
New Course: CS2034B Data Analytics: Principles and Tools
Minor in Computer Gaming: One of its Kind
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.
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:
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
Top 6 Reasons to Earn A Computer Science Degree - Do you like money? Do you thrive on intellectual challenge? Are you fascinated by technology? A computer science degree can lead you to a fulfilling IT career on all three counts. Read on for the top benefits of earning a computer science degree... www.itcareerfinder.com