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SCIS Student Orientation Session

December 05, 2019

The School of Computing and Information Systems held a student orientation session on November 5, 2019. The presentation slides and the link to the recording are available at the following links.


Plagiarism Presentation


Dr. Vive Kumar's research team has qualified in the top entries in the Science, Action! contest held by NSERC

February 28, 2019

Please encourage our research endeavours at AU by viewing the video titled 'Future of Training' posted on the NSERC’s website and on the YouTube channel. This video, which has been produced by Professor Vive Kumar’ research team, has qualified in the top entries in the Science, Action! contest held by NSERC. It is now in a public voting period until March 27, 2019, where the top 25 videos that are most viewed will proceed to NSERC judges’ panel where the final fifteen prize winners will be decided. Please share this message with your colleagues, family and friends!

ASP.NET MVC developer needed for Cambodia project

January 08, 2018

Karen Stauffer is currently in Cambodia volunteering with a couple of educational organizations as part of a Research and Study leave. One of the schools has a student information system, locally installed, that needs a few critical fixes. The original developers are no longer working on it, and the school is struggling to get any changes made. This is a very poor area of Cambodia and most people here are volunteering, so there is likely not going to be compensation available for this work. Dr. Vive Kumar has approved this as a COMP495/496 project. It is also ideal for someone who would like to volunteer for the experience.

It is based on ASP.NET MVC, using Visual Studio 2017, and running on a Windows 10 server. Karen will provide the code base, a database backup, a snapshot of the live content, and a full description of the problems to solve, including screen shots. Karen can act as a project intermediary, but the school director and the one IT person still supporting this will remain fully involved. We do need an experienced ASP.NET MVC developer with C# and SQL expertise. Experience with server administration/deployment on IIS would be an asset, but the Cambodian IT person will be installing this on the live server. Everyone involved speaks English. If you are interested, please respond with your resume and availability to Karen Stauffer

Big Changes Coming to FST and its BSc Majors/Minors!

August 04, 2017

Big changes are coming to the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Bachelor of Science and its majors (Applied Mathematics, Computing and Information Systems, and Human Science).

Starting in September 1st, 2017 the Faculty of Science and Technology is pleased to provide students the opportunity to select both their major and minor at the time of enrollment in Athabasca University’s BSc program.

BSc majors are available in Applied Mathematics, Computing and Information Systems, and Human Science. Students may also select the following minors: Applied Mathematics, Computing, Information Systems, Human Science, Biology, Geoscience, Physical Sciences, Learning Technology, Architecture, Game Programming, Game Development and Design, Web Development, Information Systems Management, Psychology, Finance Management, and Business Administration. Students may also elect to complete a double major. Students will still have the option to graduate with a BSc in general science without a specific area of focus, and also have the option of selecting a major without a minor.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Success Centre.

MScIS Students Take Top 3 in 3MT Competition

March 31, 2017

Three MScIS Students have been selected as the top three winners in the 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition at Athabasca University.

1st place: Mohammad Belghis-Zadeh
“Improving Recommender Systems for Learning through Web Mining to Discover Relevant Learning Objects from the Web” (Dr. Sabine Graf, supervisor)

2nd place: Bertrand Sodjahin
“Machine Learning Techniques to Unveil and Understand Pseudomonas aeruginosa Survival Mechanism in Nutrient Depleted Water” (Drs. Vive Kumar and Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno, supervisors)
3rd place: Diane Mitchnik
“Using Student Data to Determine an Effective Diagnostic Model for ADHD” (Dr. Vive Kumar, supervisor)

As a result of this competition, the 1st place winner, Mohammad Belghis-Zadeh, will be representing Athabasca University at the Western Canada 3MT competition at the University of Saskatchewan on April 28, 2017.

Karvonen Award and Bursary - Apply by May 15, 2016!

April 04, 2016

Apply by May 15, 2016!

Item 1) Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Award
Item 2) Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Bursary

Final Thesis Oral Examination for Marc Denojean-Mairet Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS) Program

February 24, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 2:00PM (MST)

Title of Thesis: Telepresence Robot Enable Remote Lab in Distance Education

Supervisors: Dr. Qing Tan

Those interested in attending the oral examination can contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at for further information.

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Internship Opportunities to undergraduate Students

January 08, 2016

In summer 2016,  the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto will again offer research internship opportunities to undergraduate students from universities across Canada, this year in the form of the Undergraduate Summer Research Program (UGSRP), funded through the NSERC-USRAs.  UGSRP was created in 2011 in an effort to both grow our summer undergraduate research program and to create a richer, more diverse environment for both our students and faculty. 

UGSRP is a 16-week summer internship which pays students to work with one of our professors on a cutting-edge research project.  The value of the UGSRP internship is $6,000 (additional funding to cover housing expenses is available for qualified students).  Information about available projects and how to make an application is available here.

Questions? Send an e-mail to us

Dr. Vive Kumar has been promoted to Full Professor position

November 10, 2015

Dr. Kumar joined Athabasca University in 2008. Over the years, he has emerged as international leader in learning analytics. Vive(k)’s research centers around Technology-Enhanced Teaching, Learning, and Research that extends to mixed-initiative human-computer interaction, causal modelling, model tracing, automated instructional design, lifelong learning, cognitive
modelling of self-regulated and co-regulated learning, semantics of online learning interactions, and competency modelling in portfolios.  Vive(k) has been successful in attracting major research funds from NSERC, SSHRC, and BCKDF. He is active in the research community with quality publications, service contributions to journals and conferences, funding proposal reviews for NSERC, and establishing Indo-Canadian collaborative research. His personal interests include social impact of science fiction, empowerment of women through information and communication technologies, and comparative analyses of native cultures.  Vive's profile can be found here.

Faculty Member's Paper Accepted by Top Journal in Computing Science

August 12, 2015

Dr. Ali Dewan's paper entitled "Adaptive Appearance Model Tracking for Still-to-Video Face Recognition" has been accepted in the Journal of Pattern Recognition. The co-authors are Eric Granger, Gian Luca Marcialis, Robert Sabourin, and Fabio Roli.

Students Receive Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures Award

June 19, 2015

We are pleased to announce the following Master of Science in Information Systems students have been awarded $10,000/year for two years.
Nathan Laan,  MSc(IS) student
Supervisor: Dr. Dunwei Wen

Steve Harris, MSc(IS) student
Supervisor: Dr. Vivekanandan Kumar

Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures Awards support academically superior graduate students leading to a master's or doctoral degree. The scholarship is designed to enable promising students to succeed in areas of scientific research which are strategically important to Alberta. These areas are: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Nanotechnology, and Omics in and of themselves or additionally which support the areas of Health, Bio-industries, Energy, and Environment.

Dr. Kinshuk Recognized by IEEE Computer Society

February 10, 2015

Dr. Kinshuk, the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, has been named recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award which recognizes members for their long-standing contributions and outstanding service. Dr. Kinshuk who is also the NSERC/iCore/Xerox/Markin Industrial Research Chair and Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems is one of eleven people to receive the yearly award. With over 60,000 members the IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading membership organization dedicated to computer science and technology.

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