Student Symposium

June 2nd-4th, 2019 | McGill University
Montreal, QC

This is the first year SPAC is organizing the CS-Can Student Symposium in conjunction with the CS-Can | Info-Can Annual Meeting! The CS-Can Student Symposium will comprise six exciting new events. SPAC is inviting all members of the Canadian CS community –students, faculty, industry and beyond– to attend the CS-Can Student Symposium.

You can buy tickets for the CS-Can Annual Meeting and Student Symposium by visiting our Eventbrite page.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2019 April 25th, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: April 30th, 2019 May 3rd, 2019
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 7th, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline: May 31st, 2019
  • Symposium Dates: June 2nd-4th, 2019

Poster Presentations

These presentations can feature thesis work in progress, or material recently submitted or published in a journal or conference. This is a great opportunity for new (or veteran) students to gain experience and practice presenting to a friendly audience with a diverse background and to provide additional exposure for your work!

Apply to present your poster here.

Lightning Pitches

We will be welcoming lightning-pitch presentations from anyone who has an idea their passionate about! These short (maximum 2 minutes) presentations are the perfect opportunity to practice elevator pitches and survey the crowd for possible collaborators. If you’re presenting a poster, you can use this as an opportunity to pitch your work in the following session, or if you’re passionate about women in tech, we’d love to see you pitch an idea to increase diversity and inclusiveness.

Apply to give a pitch here.

Canadian CS Challenges Workshops

Are you passionate about a particular challenge faced by our field? Maybe you want to talk about inclusiveness and diversity, why we should all consider the environmental footprint of computing, or you could share the wisdom you’ve learned from your experiences in academia to share tips and tricks on how to survive life as a graduate student in computer science. If our 2-minute lightning pictures aren’t enough for you, these 55-minute, workshops are the perfect opportunity for you to contribute value beyond your research by talking about how you believe we can improve the state of the discipline in Canada or the world.

Apply to conduct a workshop here.

CS-Can | Info-Can Award Winner Lecture Series

Each year CS-Can gives out a number life-time achievement awards to well-established Canadian computer science researchers who have pioneered breakthroughs that have shaped our field as it is today. Awards are also given to young researchers (i.e., 10 years out of their PhDs) who have promising careers to come. This year will be the first to include awards for even younger research, i.e., the CS-Can Ph.D. Thesis award. We believe that everyone (students, faculty and beyond) could benefit from the experience of these outstanding researchers. This year we will be inviting a select group of the award-winners to provide keynote presentations in an award winner lecture series!

Student Social

As if everything else wasn’t enough, we’ll also be hosting a student social complete with free food for you to unwind, network and share your favourite moments from the fantastic award winner lectures, student poster presentations, workshops and lightning pitches. Not the social type? Don’t worry, we’ll be organizing an activity (e.g., bowling) to keep things casual when you aren’t sure what to say.

Community Mixer

The CS-Can Student Symposium will open with a community mixer open to everyone attending the CS-Can Annual Meeting. Finger food and cocktails will be served at this semi-formal event. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to mingle and network with the larger Canadian computer science community.

In addition to these six great events, don’t forget to sign-up to celebrate the CS-Can | Info-Can Award Winners with us at the annual Award’s Dinner!

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Sumana Basu (McGill University, MILA)
  • Jhelum Chakravorty (McGill University, MILA)
  • Jad Kabbara (McGill University, MILA)

Program Committee:

  • Adam Geller (University of British Columbia)
  • Andrei Lupu (McGill University, MILA)
  • Arushi Jain (McGill University, MILA)
  • Di Wu (McGill University, MILA)
  • Giovanni Viviani (University of British Columbia)
  • Haque Ishfaq (McGill University, MILA)
  • Joseph Viviano (Université de Montréal, MILA)
  • Koustuv Sinha (McGill University, MILA, Facebook AI Research)
  • Malik Altakrori (McGill University, MILA)
  • Nicholas Bradley (University of British Columbia)
  • Nico Ritschel (University of British Columbia)
  • Oliver Dechant (Dalhousie University)
  • Parastoo Baghaei (University of Waterloo)
  • Puneet Mehrotra (University of British Columbia)
  • Sanjay Thakur (McGill University, MILA)
  • Sumana Basu (McGill University, MILA, Facebook AI Research)
  • Vaastav Anand (University of British Columbia)
  • Vincent Antaki (McGill University, MILA)
  • Yasha Pushak (University of British Columbia)
  • Yue Dong (McGill University, MILA)