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Ph.D. student Jing Li wins "Best Student Paper Award" at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing

Ph.D. student Jing Li recently won the "Best Student Paper Award" at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing that took place June 27th to July 2nd, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. Li's paper "Full Solution Indexing Using Database for QoS-aware Web Service Composition" (co-authors: Yuhong Yan & Daniel Lemire) opens a new direction in service composition in that the connections of services are fully indexed into a database and the service composition query can be simplified as a SQL query into the database.

Doctoral Student's Work Finds Innovative Application in Traditional Theatre Production in China

Dr. Miao Song, a doctoral student of Dr. Peter Grogono deployed software implemented as part of her PhD, Illimitable Space System or ISS [1,2] in three scenes of the play called, “Like Shadows". This play is a collaborative theatre production by Beijing, China based Central Academy
of Drama and Concordia University. The performance was staged to the public in Beijing from April 3rd to April 12th, 2014 with about 900 audience
in attendance per show.

The play was originally written and directed by the renowned theater director Dr. Stan Lai at Stanford University and premiered at the National Theater in Taipei in 2007. Based on the original play, Professors Ruru Ding and Shan Li at The Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, recreated and
redirected this piece with the students in the Theatre Direction program for the current generation

Read the full story and view photos of the performance here.


Dr. Aiman Hanna wins Outstanding Contribution Award for 2014

Dr. Aiman Hanna is one of the winners of the Outstanding Contribution Award for 2014 from the Concordia Council on Student Life (CCSL). These awards are given annually to Concordia students, staff and faculty who have made an exceptional contribution to student life or services at the University.

Please read the full article and view photos of the Awards Ceremony here.


Curious Games Studio (CART498I Special Topics in Playable Media)

Instructor: Pippin Barr, award-winning independent game-maker & TAG-DCART’s inaugural Visiting Game Designer.

Summer I Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30PM – 5:30 PM (1 May– 17 June, 2013)

This new course offered during the upcoming Summer 1 semester is open to students from any and all departments, and to both graduate and undergraduate students. Given Pippin's background, this will be a great site for interdisciplinary collaboration around innovated game design, gameplay and game techniques.

See here for flyer.

Video games are most exciting expressive medium of our time and yet the trend today is toward conventional structures and aesthetics of interaction. To push against these self-defined boundaries, we must not only talk about what video games are and can be, but must actively work to create games that move the conversation forward.

In this class we discuss the notion of “curious games” as an approach to creating a different kind of video game. Here, “curious” means inquisitive activity in opposition to a static aesthetic perspective or conventional interactions. A curious game may leverage conventions in some way, but is not obliged to adhere to them. A curious game may involve a kind of prying or meddling to the point of provocation. A curious game is for curious designers, but also for curious players. The focus of the class is thus on making these curious games, along with discussion and critique of our own and others’ work.

Open to Graduate students and Undergraduates.
Open to students from departments university-wide.

Contact Kathy McAleese in EV6.761 or at



Fifth Montreal Problem Solving Workshop

August 9 - 23, 2013
Centre de recherches mathématiques
Université de Montréal
Pavillon André-Aisenstadt
2920 Chemin de la tour, 5th floor
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1J4

The goal of the workshop is to gather industry representatives, academic researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to work on concrete problems proposed by the industry. The workshop is organized by the Centre de recherches mathématiques, along with GERAD, the CIRRELT (Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation), and ncm2, and is sponsored by the Mprime network of centres of excellence. The participants will work in teams, and each team will analyze a problem supplied by a company or a public sector institution. The workshop will provide companies and institutions with mathematical tools for solving problems, and will enable academic researchers and students in applied mathematics to work on real-world problems.

For industrial partners

If you wish to participate, please write the statement of a problem that can be formulated mathematically. Many problems can be so formulated, especially in the fields of management, production planning, or process optimization. Don't hesitate to contact the organizers in order to discuss your problem. If your project is selected, you will have to write a more detailed description and present it at the beginning of the workshop. The workshop organizers suggest that the company representative be present during the whole week. They also expect the companies to help defray some of the costs of the workshop.

For professors, students and industry representatives

Please note that if you are a student, you must fill the application form before registering. Registration fees will help defray the cost of breakfasts and lunches.

Please contact Odile Marcotte at for further details or to participate.

Montreal Problem Solving Workshop website


Dr. Ching Y. Suen presented with Gold Medal by Chancellor of the University of Bari, Italy

September 2012

Four Concordia computer science professors, one visiting professor from Ecole Polytechnique, one post-doctoral fellow Mehdi Haji, and one doctoral student Muna Khayyat from Dr. Suen's research group CENPARMI (Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence) attended the 13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR), in Bari, Italy, Sept. 18-20, 2012. This conference received 150 participants from 35 countries.

Concordians played important roles at this conference, including Honorary Chair, Session Chairs, Authors, Panelists, Program Committee members, and Reviewers (see below for complete description). During the Opening Ceremony, Dr. Ching Y. Suen was presented with a Gold Medal by Professor Corrado Petrocelli, Chancellor of the University of Bari, with 60 thousand students, honoring Dr. Suen as the Founder of this conference who has played the most influential role in cultivating and advancing the field of handwriting recognition by computers. The procedure of nominating Dr. Suen through the department, Faculty, and the University Councils took one year to accomplish.

ICFHR was founded by Dr. Ching Y. Suen of Concordia University in 1990 to fill the need of a forum for researchers in the areas of on-line and off-line handwriting recognition. Dr. Suen started the first IWFRH (W stands for Workshop) at Concordia University in April 1990, which was attended by about 50 people from 15 countries. IWFHR went through the world 10 times before coming back to Concordia again in 2008 and became the first ICFHR, and subsequently called the 11th ICFHR. ICFHR in Italy is the 13th international conference held in Bari, Italy, attended by 150 participants from 35 countries.

Roles of Cenparmians at ICFHR, Bari, Sept. 18-20, 2012:

Ching Suen: Honorary chair, session chair, recipient of the Gold Medal, panelist and co-author of 3 papers with students and colleagues Tony Kasvand: Session chair, and honored as pioneer of pattern recognition

Louisa Lam: Session chair, panelist, judge for best papers, program committee member, reviewer, and co-author of 1 paper with student

Tien Bui: Session chair, Program Committee member, reviewer, co-author of 1 paper with student

Robert S: Program Committee member, reviewer, co-author of 1 paper with student

Rejean P: Session chair, Program Committee member, panelist, reviewer, and Invited Speaker of conference

Mehdi Haji: Post-doctoral fellow of Drs. Bui and Suen, presented oral paper

Muna Khayyat: Doctoral student of Drs. Lam and Suen, presented oral paper

Jun Tan: Doctoral student of Sun Yat-sen Univ, China, in collaboration with Dr. Suen, presented a poster paper


Further details:

ICFHR's website

University of Bari's website

CENPARMI's website


Concordia's new art installation unites Faculties of Fine Arts and ENCS

December 2011

High on the northwest wall, ground floor of Concordia’s Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV Building) hangs a new art installation alongside a literal fragment from the past. The latter — two severed stone lintels from the former D’Arcy McGee house — depicts a row of shamrocks, perhaps reflecting the Irish roots of the assassinated father of Confederation. The former — a pair of beautifully patterned textiles — constitutes The Generative Design Project, a collaboration of members of the university’s Faculties of Fine Arts and Engineering and Computer Science.

The long, colourful textiles, called jacquards after the inventor of the Jacquard loom, feature contemporary designs of geometric motifs found in African Kuba textiles and 16th century Islamic Zillij mosaics. Completed in November 2011, after nine years of research, development and production, the project brings together the work of scientists and artists alike. Spearheaded by Principal Investigator Cheryl Kolak Dudek (Studio Arts) along with Sudhir Mudur (Computer Science), Lydia Sharman (Design), Fred Szabo (Mathematics) and Thomas Fevens (Computer Science), significant contributions were also made by students Eric Hortop (Communication Studies/Mathematics, 2003-07) and Sushil Bhakar (Computer Science, 2004-06), among many others. 

Full story here

The Generative Design Project now on disply in the EV building

Graduate Seminar in University Teaching Winter 2011-2012

December 2011

This seminar series in university teaching will prepare graduate students for an academic teaching career. The estimated time commitment is 32 hours in-class with approximately 10 hours for preparation of readings and assignments. Participants receive a certificate on successful completion of all of the requirements. There will be a modest charge for materials. Participation is limited to 25 students per section per semester.

Further details here

CSE’s Holiday Food Drive for Sun Youth

December 2011

The department of Computer Science & Software Engineering invites all ENCS employees to help make this a memorable holiday for hundreds of disadvantaged families in Montreal. Kindly drop off any non perishable food items at the reception area of EV 3.139, anytime between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. between November 28th and December 16th.

Each year, hundreds of families benefit from food baskets distributed during the holidays by community organizations such as Sun Youth. The organization gives out food hampers to approximately 18,000 people throughout the year, and with each passing year, the need for food assistance continues to grow. The mission of Sun Youth is to provide a highly personalized service and programs to improve the current situation of its clientele through education, awareness and material assistance. Sun Youth is committed to the entire community, without discrimination by a dedicated commitment and an acute awareness of the continuing challenges.

The CSE department thanks you in advance for any and all contributions.

CSE Doctoral candidate honoured at international conference

November 2011

Khoa Luu, doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, currently carrying out his research at Carnegie Mellon University, has achieved outstanding recognition for his work at the recent International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2011) in Washington DC, Oct. 10-13.

The event is one of the world's most selective conferences on the evolving subject of biometrics, with only 10% of papers and 23% of posters submitted being accepted. Luu not only had two submissions accepted to the conference papers, his oral paper was nominated for the competition's Best Paper Award, and his poster entitled "Investigating Age Invariant Face Recognition Based on Periocular Biometrics" (pictured below), won the Best Poster Award for this category.

Full story here

Brigitte Jaumard's "Green ICTs discussed in Le Devoir

October 2011

On October 3rd and 4th, CSE Professor Brigitte Jaumard co-organized a colloquiem entitled "Information and Communication Technologies: Are They Green?" held at Concordia University. This colloquiem was part of the 24th edition of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier symposium held from September 29 to October 7 in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, bringing together researchers and industry leaders preoccupied with contemporary issues under the broad themes of economic, socio-political, scientific and cultural challenges.

Montreal's Le Devoir newspaper covered the event here.

Brigitte Jaumard wins best paper award at RNDM 2011

October 2011

Two of Computer Science & Software Engineering Professor, Brigitte Jaumard's, papers were recently nominated for the best paper award at the 3rd International Workshop on Reliable Networks Design & Modelind (RNDM) held in Budapest. Jaumard's paper titled "A New Flow Formulation for FIPP p-cycle Protection subject to Multiple Link Failures," co-authored by PhD candidate Hai Anh Hoang, won the award. Another of Jaumard's papers titled "Maximizing Access to IT Services on Resilient Optical Grids," co-authored by PhD candidate Ali Shaikh, was nominated.

RNDM 2011 was the third meeting in the series of RNDM workshops. Following the success of the first two events that took place in St. Petersburg (2009) and Moscow (2010), accordingly, RNDM 2011 is aimed at attracting world-class participants from both academia and industry working in the area of reliable networks design and modeling.

Further details here

Hai Anh Hoang (right) accepting best paper award at RNDM 2011

First Annual CSE Mascot Challenge, September 23, 2011

September 2011

On September 23, 2011, first-year Computer Science & Software Engineering undergraduate students crowded together in the EV atrium to build mascots out of discarded computer parts generously donated by AITS. Many students, faculty members, and curious onlookers dropped by throughout the morning to cheer them on.

A group of distinguished judges assembled in the afternoon to select a winner. However, due to tough competition, a tie was announced. The members of the two winning teams were each awarded $200 gift certificates to the Concordia bookstore for their mascots, who were named "Duck Tape" and "Angry Bird." Runners up received $50 gift certificates.

Distinguished judges assemble to evaluate the students' mascots

The event, supported by the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and learning, was organized by Nancy Acemian, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering as well as the Faculty's new First Year Director. She hopes that this year's Mascot Challenge will be the first of many.

See a photo slideshow of the competition.

Recent publications by Vašek Chvátal

September 2011

A collection of articles entitled "Combinatorial Optimization: Methods and Applications" edited by
Vašek Chvátal was published as Volume 31 of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series - D: Information and Communication Security.

This book is a collection of six articles arising from the meeting of the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) “Combinatorial Optimization: Methods and Applications”, which was held at the University of Montreal in June 2006. This ASI consisted of seven series of five one-hour lectures and one series of four one-hour lectures. It was attended by some sixty students of graduate or postdoctoral level from fifteen countries worldwide. Topics include: integer and mixed integer programming, facility location, branching on split disjunctions, convexity in combinatorial optimization, and VLSI design.

Further details

Professor Eusebius Doedel presented with honorary award

September 2011

Eusebius Doedel received an honourary award in recognition of his significant contributions to the computational dynamics area from a subdivision of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a society founded in 1880 with the goal of promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences to the diverse communities throughout the world.

The award was officially presented at the Eight ASME International Conference on Multi-Body Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, held in Washington DC August 28-31 2011 and attended by leading researchers in the field. Contratulations, Professor Doedel!

Further details

CENPARMI granted University-recognized status from Senate

May 2011

The Senate's Research Committee met on April 20, 2011 and unanimously agreed to recommend to Senate that the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI) be granted University-recognized status. Committee members were especially impressed with the amount of external funding that CENPARMI has been able to secure over the years, the high level of research productivity and training of graduate students, the impressive publication record and the strong industrial partnership collaborations. As a result, CENPARMI has officially been granted University-recognized status as per the Policy on Research Units (VPRGS-8). This policy is adminstered on behalf of Senate by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS).

For further information about CENPARMI, please visit their website.



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