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NSERC Results

NSERC has released the most recent competition results from Evaluation Group (EG) 1507 for Computer Science.

The following slides were presented by the NSERC representatives at the May 2017 meeting in Edmonton:
NSERC-EG1507-Report -May2017

One particular highlight is the number of Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) awards received by Computer Science researchers this year.

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Election Results

The results from the CS-Can/Info-Can election are complete.

CS-Can/Info-Can congratulates the following individuals, who will
officially commence their duties July 1, 2017.

The new President of CS-Can/Info-Can is Doina Precup (McGill University).

The members elected to the Board of Directors are:

  • Kellogg Booth (University of British Columbia)
  • Yvonne Coady (University of Victoria)
  • Eugene Fiume (University of Toronto / Simon Fraser University)
  • Ali Ghorbani (University of New Brunswick)
  • Kate Larson (University of Waterloo)
  • Stan Matwin (Dalhousie University)
  • Tamer Ozsu (University of Waterloo)
  • Julita Vassileva (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Carey Williamson (University of Calgary)
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Election Time!

The CS-Can/Info-Can election for the Board of Directors is underway! Information on the nominees for each position are available online (English version and French version).

If you are on the voters list of CS-Can/Info-Can members, you should have received an email with voting instructions from Votenet.com near the end of May. You can cast your electronic ballot anytime between May 31 and June 9.

 

 

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Award Winners 2016

CS-Can/Info-Can is pleased to announce their 2016 award recipients, who were all recognized at an awards banquet at the University of Alberta on May 15, 2017.

The recipients of the 2016 Award for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science were:

  • Gregor von Bochmann (University of Ottawa)
  • Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal)
  • Janusz (John) Brzozowski (University of Waterloo)
  • Hector Levesque (University of Toronto)
  • Ian Munro (University of Waterloo)
  • John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto)

These awards recognize current or former faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments/Schools/Faculties who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to computing over their careers. The awards can be for achievement in research, teaching, service, or any combination of these.

Here is a photo of these distinguished individuals at the banquet on May 15, 2017:

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From left to right are Ian Munro, John Mylopoulos, John Brzozowski, Gregor Bochmann, Gilles Brassard, and Hector Levesque. (Photo credit: Julien Chiasson)

The recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prizes were:

  • Nick Harvey (University of British Columbia)
  • Abram Hindle (University of Alberta)
  • Lap Chi Lau (University of Waterloo)

These prizes recognize excellence in research, and are made to top young faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments/Schools/Faculties who are within the first 10 years of their career beyond the completion of their PhD.

Here is a photo of two of the award winners at the May 15 awards banquet:

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From left to right are Nick Harvey and Abram Hindle. Lap Chi Lau was unable to attend the event. (Photo credit: Mario Nascimento)

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Chairs Committee meeting

The University of Alberta was the host for this year's national meeting of Canadian computer science department chairs. The meeting took place on  May 16, 2017.

The Chairs Committee is one of the standing committees within the newly-formed CS-Can/Info-Can organization. The general mandate of this committee is to manage the academic discipline of computer science within Canada, including education and research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Here are the key events that took place at the CS-Can/Info-Can meeting in Edmonton:

  • CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet:  This invitation-only dinner was for awardees, their guests, department chairs, NSERC, and CS-Can/Info-Can board members. The banquet started at 6:00pm on Monday May 15 at the U of A Faculty Club.
  • Chairs Meeting: This meeting ran all day (9:00am to 5:00pm) on Tuesday May 16 in the U of A's CS department. This was the agenda for the meeting.
  • NSERC Presentation: This information session discussed the current status of NSERC Discovery Grants and related funding programs from a CS perspective. This event was open to the CS research community, including participants from the AI/GI/CRV conference which was co-located at the U of A. The session took place Tuesday May 16 (5:00pm to 6:00pm) in Lister Hall at the U of A.
  • CS-Can/Info-Can Working Groups: The Research Committee and other CS-Can/Info-Can working groups met on Wednesday May 17 (9:00am to 5:00pm). These meetings took place in the CS department at the U of A. Interested parties were welcome to attend.

 

 

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CUCSC 2017

The third annual Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference (CUCSC) will be taking place at the University of Toronto (Bahen Centre for IT) on June 15-17, 2017.

Here is the CUCSC-2017-Poster advertising the conference. For more information about the conference, or to register, please see the CUCSC Web site.

 

 

 

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Consider nominating a faculty member for the CACS/AIC Award for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science

Call for Nominations

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science

2016

sponsored by

Canadian Association for Computer Science/Association informatique canadienne

CS-Can/Info-Can

http://cacsaic.org/

Nomination Deadline: December 1, 2016

Overview

The Canadian Association for Computer Science/Association informatique canadienne (CACS/AIC), the organization of Canadian academic computer science Departments, and its replacement organization CS-Can/Info-Can are offering an award for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science. This award is made to faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments/Schools/Faculties who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to computing over their careers. The awards can be for achievement in research, teaching, service, or any combination of these.

There will be up to five awards per year. Winners will be invited to attend the annual Awards Banquet to receive their awards.

Eligibility

A candidate for this award must have held a full time appointment in a Computer Science Department1 at a Canadian University for at least 10 years and must have spent the majority of their academic career in Canada. Candidates need not be currently active faculty members, nor even still living.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is a Panel of computer scientists from a variety of subdisciplines of the field, so all nomination material should be written appropriately for such an audience. This panel is appointed by CACS/AIC and CS-Can/Info-Can.

Nomination Procedures

Candidates cannot apply on their own behalf, but must be nominated by a member of the Canadian computer science academic community who has first hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions. All submissions should be packaged into a single PDF file.

“Computer Science Department” is a broad term that includes Canadian Departments, Schools, and Faculties of Computer Science, however named. Similarly, the term “Chair” refers to the Chair or Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, whichever is appropriate.

The Nomination Package

The nomination package should include the following:

a summary (up to 1 page) for public consumption outlining the candidate’s contributions in everyday language.

a nomination statement (up to 3 pages) that explains why the candidate deserves consideration for the award. This nomination statement should make the case for the nomination, indicating the category or categories in which the candidate has made their contribution and explaining the nature of the contributions they have made.

curriculum vitae (no page limit) of the candidate, focused on the candidate’s contributions in the category or categories for which they are being nominated.

3-5 letters of support for the candidate from other people who have first hand knowledge of the candidate’s contributions in the appropriate category or categories. Such letters can be written by colleagues in the same Department or other Departments in Canada or outside of Canada, or by other people who can appraise the contributions, for example former students for a teaching contribution, or somebody in the computing industry for a research contribution who knows the impact of a candidate’s research.

other supporting material, up to a limit of 5 pages, that will contribute to an understanding of the candidate’s contributions.

No other material (letters of support, etc.) can be included in the nomination package.

Notification

Successful candidates will be notified by February 1, 2017. The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the annual Computer Science Chairs meeting in 2017, usually held in late May. Successful candidates will be provided with funds to help defray the costs to attend this ceremony in order to receive the award in person.

How to Submit

The nomination should be put into a single PDF file, which should be e-mailed as an attachment to the Computer Science Awards Panel, c/o Gord McCalla, at mccalla@cs.usask.ca.

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Call for Nominations – Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prizes

Call for Nominations

Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prizes

2016

sponsored by

Canadian Association for Computer Science/Association informatique canadienne

CS-Can/Info-Can

http://cacsaic.org/

Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2017

Overview

The Canadian Association for Computer Science/Association informatique canadienne (CACS/AIC), the organization of Canadian academic computer science Departments, and its replacement organization CS-Can/Info-Can are offering up to three annual prizes to top young computer science academic researchers within 10 years of finishing their Ph.D.

These awards recognize excellence in research. Each prize is worth $1000.

Eligibility

A candidate for these prizes must hold a full time appointment in the Computer Science Department1 of a Canadian University, must have finished their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2006, and cannot have already been awarded the CACS/AIC Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher prize. Note: parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing, or medical leave, is not counted as part of the 10 year period; in such situations appropriate evidence should be supplied by the nominator or the Chair.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is a Panel of computer scientists from a variety of sub-disciplines of the field, so all nomination material should be written appropriately for such an audience. This panel is appointed by CACS/AIC and CS-Can/Info-Can.

Nomination Procedures

Candidates cannot apply on their own behalf, but must be nominated by a member of the Canadian computer science academic community. The nomination must be endorsed by the Computer Science Department Chair at the candidate's university. All submissions should be fully electronic in a generally accessible format such as PDF.

“Computer Science Department” is a broad term that includes Canadian Departments, Schools, and Faculties of Computer Science, however named. Similarly, the term “Chair” refers to the Chair or Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, whichever is appropriate.

The nominator provides

  • a description of the nominator (one paragraph) that fully identifies the nominator (including postal and e-mail address) and briefly outlines the nominator’s relationship to the candidate and to the candidate’s area(s) of research specialization;
  • a 2-page nomination that explains why the candidate deserves consideration for the prize, with emphasis on contributions to, and impact on, their field(s) of research;
  • an abstract (one paragraph) for public consumption outlining the candidate’s accomplishments, to be used both in committee deliberations and for publicity if the candidate wins a prize;
  • endorsements, letters solicited from 3 internationally recognized experts in the candidate’s field(s), but at arm’s length from the candidate, that discuss the impact of the candidate’s research on his or her research community.

The Chair of the candidate’s Department provides a two-page letter endorsing the nomination that

  • briefly overviews the candidate’s research area and contributions to research;
  • also provides a broader context for the candidate’s activities, including their teaching and administrative responsibilities; their role in supervisory and advisory committees; their involvement in outreach to others in the Department, University, industry, and the community; and their actual or demonstrated capacity for leadership;
  • indicates any parental leave or medical leave that may affect the eligibility dates for the prize, if appropriate.

The candidate provides

  • a two-page 3 summary of their research contributions and the impact of this research;
  • a one-page summary of their planned future directions for research;
  • a full curriculum vitae (no page limits);
  • web-accessible links to the candidate’s three most significant research contributions (or paper or PDF copies if issues such as copyright make it impossible to set up a web link).

No other material (letters of support, etc.) can be included in the review process.

Notification

Successful candidates will be notified by March 15, 2017. The prizes will be presented at a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the annual Computer Science Chairs meeting in 2016, usually held in late May. Successful candidates will be provided with funds to help defray the costs of attending this ceremony in order to receive the prize in person.

How to Submit

The nominator is responsible for gathering all the material, putting it into a single PDF file, and e-mailing the file as an attachment to the Computer Science Awards Panel, c/o Gord McCalla, at mccalla@cs.usask.ca.

If the Department Chair is himself or herself a candidate for a prize, then another responsible member of the Department should provide the information requested of the Chair.

In all cases the page limits are, of course, upper limits.