Research & Innovation in Computer Science & Bioinformatics


Computer Science Graduate Course Council (CSGCC)
Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan


Research Fest 2017 has been organized by the Computer Science Graduate Course Council (CSGCC) partnered with the Department of Computer Science celebrating research done by graduate students. Our goal is to bring together graduate students, faculty members, researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to discuss and present the research and innovations in different areas of Computer Science and Bioinformatics. Research Fest 2017 invites high quality contributions describing significant, original, published and/or unpublished results. Solicited topics include, but are not limited to:


Abstract submission: September 15, 2017
Author notification for abstract: September 30, 2017
Final poster and revised abstract submission: October 15, 2017
Poster presentation, banquet and award ceremony: October 19, 2017


Those interested in participating should send an abstract to The abstract should highlight your research problem, methodology and experimental findings in at most 300 words. Once the abstract is accepted by the review panel, you can submit the poster through Moodle. If you do not have access to Moodle, please contact CSGCC electronically.


We would like to thank all the students, judges, faculty, and staff who participated in or attended Research Fest 2017. The quality of work presented was very impressive and it is our pleasure to announce the Best Poster Awards for the event.
The results of the poster awards are as follows:

1st place Sponsored by the Graduate Students' Association (GSA):
​“Unraveling the Collective Diagnostic Power Behind the Features in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.” presented by Harkirat Bhullar

2nd place Sponsored by SED Systems:

​“Feature Selection: LSI & Selective Decision Tree Classification.” presented by Jennafer N. Neiser

3rd place Sponsored by ESTI Consulting Services:

​“Predicting Pig Vaccination Response with Kinome Microarray Analysis and Logistic Regression.” presented by Conor Lazarou

People’s choice award Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science:

​​“Novel Strategies for Reducing the Problem of Diabetes in Pregnancy: A Case Study of the Application of Hybrid Simulation Modelling for Improving Health.” presented by Anahita Safarishahrbijari

Thank you all for making Research Fest a success. We hope to see even more of you participate next year.


Steering Committee

Kevin Stanley

Kevin Stanley is Department Head, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. His primary research interest is in building technology to measure, analyze and act on sensed human behaviour. He collaborates with health and social science researchers as user communities, measuring and modelling human behavior using smart phones including, but not limited to fundamental metrics of spatial temporal behaviour, improved Ad-Hoc networks based on behaviour models, health applications of human behavioural models, and novel input and mechanic modalities for mobile games He is also the lead instructor for the new CS Early Start program which allows talented high-school students to get a head start on their Computer Science degree.

Eric Neufeld

Eric Neufield is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan. After completing his B.Sc., He has worked with Charles Colbourn, studying uniformly sparse graphs. He then investigated aspects of nonmonotonic reasoning with David Poole and Romas Aleliunas, in a then-new area known as 'uncertainty in AI', including the subarea of causality. He has also always had an interest in computer graphics, and pursued several visualization projects. During the heydey of the iPhone and iPad, He became interested in mobile computing, and was able to combine all three interests in a piece of software called iCausalBayes.

Julita Vassileva

Julita Vassileva, Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan.
Julita Vassileva's research interests are Personalization, User Modeling, Recommender Systems, Interactive Visualizations; Social Computing, Incentive Mechanisms for Participation, Persuasive Technologies; Social Personalized Learning Environments, Peer-help, Learning Communities; Decentralized Social Architectures, Peer-to-Peer and Multi-Agent Systems; Trust and Privacy, Trust and Reputation Mechanisms.

Nadeem Jamali

Dr. Jamali is Director of the Agents Laboratory at University of Saskatchewan and Associate Professor of Computer Science. He is interested in developing software abstractions, theories, and high-level programming language support for enabling concurrent computations in open networks of peer-owned resources. His lab specializes in Coordination and Resource issues in Parallel and Distributed Systems The group works on both theoretical and experimental research, with applications in areas including Cloud / Grid Computing, Multimedia, Green Computing and Multiplayer Games.

Farhad Maleki

Farhad Maleki is a Ph.D student in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been president of the CSGCC for the past two years and has been the lead organizer of Research Fest. His research interests include various topics in computational biology such as applying machine learn and statistical data analysis to gain insight from biological data. He has also worked on methodology and application of evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence. His current research involves gene set analysis.

Executive Committee

Gwen Lancaster

Gwen Lancaster is the Graduate Program Assistant in the Computer Science Department at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the Secretary Chair and Staff Liaison.

Brittany Melnyk

Brittany Melnyk is the Academic Programs and Outreach Coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan and is responsible for growing the computer science internship program and developing new outreach initiatives including the Computer Science Early Start Program. She organizes workshops, and is a liaison with students, community, and industry.

Shakiba Jalal

Shakiba Jalal is the Operations and Programs Manager in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also has a Master degree in Biochemistry, and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science.

Katie Ovens

Katie Ovens is a Ph.D student in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She was one of several VP Social CSGCC members last year responsible for organizing social events to connect graduate students. She is currently VP Finance for the CSGCC.

Daniel Hogan

Daniel Hogan is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a BSc in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include the development of statistical and machine learning techniques for immunological data. Daniel has been a CSGCC Social Representative since 2015.

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller is a Ph.D. student in The Interaction Lab at the university of Saskatchewan. He served as M.Sc. Representative last year and currently serves as VP Internal. His research focuses on how computers support communication through video, specifically around video chat and live streaming. He uses multiple methodologies to understand how people’s communications are affected by modern communication tools.

Award Committee

Chanchal Roy

Chanchal Roy is a Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. While he has worked on a broad range of topics, his chief research interest is software engineering. In particular, he is interested in software maintenance and evolution, including clone detection and analysis, testing, source transformation, empirical software engineering and program comprehension.

Mark Eramian

Mark Eramian is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests are contained within the broad areas of image processing and analysis, image segmentation, and computer-assisted diagnosis. He also teaches classes in image processing, computer vision, and data structures and algoirthms, and introductory programming.

George Biswas

George has been with ESTI for over six years, working in software development, team leadership and technical leadership roles. At ESTI, he works extensively with various J2EE frameworks, the WebLogic application server, Oracle and ForgeRock identity management systems, and Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server databases. George has worked on the development of various systems including data management, payroll remittance, accounting, financial payment systems and REST and SOAP based web services. His project experience includes development and maintenance of many custom systems, database migrations, operating system platform migrations, system configurations, application deployment planning and execution.
George has a keen interest in cutting edge technologies and tries to incorporate these technologies into projects with the goal of increasing performance and efficiency while ensuring stability and maintainability. Aside from technology, George is also interested in travel and global politics

Nathan Poellet

Nathan Poellet is an integral part of Vendasta, being with the company for over 7 years he has held numerous roles as we have grown and currently is VP of our Platform Division. Nathan is an advocate for collaboration across all functions- design, engineering and strategy. He has a true passion for Vendasta's vision and the challenges in the marketing space. Keeping us innovative and leading in the digital space his technical prowess has been essential in developing our world class platform.

Franco Vizeacoumar

Research Scientist, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
Dr. Vizeacoumar's research group is interested in developing a genotype-directed cancer therapy for solid tumors by applying a basic biological concept called synthetic lethality. Their long term goal is to build a synthetic lethal network that will enable them to understand the genetic dependencies of cancer cells and define key therapeutic targets.

Anthony J. Kusalik

B.Sc.(Lethbridge), M.Sc., Ph.D. (BC)
Dr. Kusalik's research interests range from logic programming to operating systems to computational biology. However, his primary research interests center around bioinformatics, especially immuno-informatics.

Jeff Long

Jeff Long obtained his B.Sc. and Masters degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence and creating computer players for traditional games of skill, although some might suspect this is merely a convenient excuse for playing a lot of games and pretending it's work. He currently works and teaches in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan.


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