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.
November 28, 2016
Thanks to Dr. Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno and all the FST staff for their help!
The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ei2sU1nomog
August 21, 2016
Lachlan Gepp is doing his Bachelor of IT and Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Lance is visiting Athabasca University under a Mitacs Globalink internship on Traffic Analytics. He recently participated in the full 42.2 Kilometer Edmonton Marathon (http://www.edmontonmarathon.ca/route-maps-s16190) and finished 5th in his age category.
June 07, 2016
Interview with the 2015 Minerva Mentoring Award winner Dr. Lisa Carter, Dean of Athabasca University Faculty of Science and Technology: awsn.org/lisa-carter
April 04, 2016
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 email@example.com for further information.
February 13, 2016
December 14, 2015
Edmonton, December 10, 2015: The Alberta Association of Architects’ (AAA) Council recently announced that it has voted unanimously to support and recognize the renewed Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Syllabus Program at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University.
The RAIC is a national architectural program funded by the RAIC. Its combination of practical work experience and (now, online) academic courses is delivered through a partnership between RAIC and Athabasca University including two optional new degrees – the Bachelor of Science in Architecture [BSc(Arch)] and the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture (PBDA). Graduates of the Syllabus curriculum (or graduates with the PBDA) receive the RAIC Syllabus Diploma which is the pre-requisite to obtaining certification of credentials from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board and the right to undertake the final examination process to earn the right to the “title” ‘Architect’ in Canada.
Read the full announcement here.
November 26, 2015
Dr. Jon Dron has been promoted to Full Professor. Dr. Dron joined Athabasca University in 2007. His research in learning technologies is highly cross-disciplinary, including social, pedagogical, technological, systemic and philosophical aspects of technology and learning design and management. He is a member of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at AU and a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He is the 2015 recipient of the Craig Cunningham Award for Teaching Excellence and was recently named one of the top social media influencers in UK higher education. Dr. Dron’s profile can be found here.
November 26, 2015
Dr. Frédérique Pivot's unique project has recently received some Edmonton based media attention. After receiving funding from The Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative the Assistant Professor has been busy developing her app, MEksK, a contraction of Moveblaj Ekskurso which means mobile excursion/fieldtrip in Esperanto. The app will allow geography students the opportunity to engage in field work and will be released in the Spring of 2016. Read the article here.
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.
October 23, 2015
Dr. Lisa Carter, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology,
Athabasca University is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Minerva
Mentoring Award from Alberta Women's Science Network!
Dr. Carter has worked tirelessly to ensure equal opportunities in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics for young girls and
Dr. Carter's profile: http://science.athabascau.ca/staff-pages/lisac/
September 22, 2015
Dr. Jon Dron , Associate Professor in the School for Computing and Information Systems has received the 2015 Craig Cunningham Award for Teaching Excellence (CCMATE).
Rafael Hakobyan, Laboratory Kit Manager, in the Centre for Science has been awarded the 2015 Sue and Derrick Rowlandson Memorial Award for Service Excellence.
September 18, 2015
The Faculty of Science and Technology proudly welcomes Dr. Shawn Lewenza as Associate Professor in Environmental Health. Dr. Lewenza holds undergraduate and PhD degrees in Microbiology. His new research is to develop new biotechnologies for detection and bioremediation of the toxins in the oil sands tailings ponds.
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.
June 22, 2015
BSc Computing and Information Systems student Ms. Rébecca Guillot has
been named "IEEE TCLT Knowledge Management Chair" by the Institution of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Technical Committee on Learning
In this role, Ms. Guillot will serve on the Executive Board of the IEEE TCLT.
June 09, 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.
May 22, 2015
iOS and Android OS Mobile Application Developer for a Mobile Field Trip Application
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Athabasca University’s Faculty of Science and Technology is seeking an iOS and Android OS mobile application developer to develop a mobile learning application for an open mobile self-guided field course in physical geography as part of the Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative. The unique field course will consist of real excursions all across Alberta, facilitated, in the absence of direct supervision from an assigned instructor, by a mobile device and application acting as a guide by drawing students’ attention to geographical features of interest and providing associated learning content and activities.
The mobile application developer will work closely with Dr. Qing Tan (School of Computing and Information Systems) to design, develop, and test the mobile field trip application. This application will be built as an extension of and integrated to an existing mobile learning management system. It will be a client-server based application capable to work both online and offline. The mobile application developer is expected to work along with another developer responsible for the server side application. The major tasks and completion timeline for this contract position are as follows:
May 06, 2015
2015 AU Graduate Student Conference
Theme: Research in Practice
September 25-27, 2015
Edmonton, AB and virtually by Adobe Connect
Athabasca University and the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association are co-hosting the 2015 Graduate Student Conference in Edmonton, Alberta on September 25, 26, and 27th.
The conference is an opportunity for graduate students from AU to present their research, seek feedback, gain experience, network, and come together with other students in an academic forum.
The evening of the 25th will include a reception, with presentations on the 26th and the morning of the 27th.
Registration and Abstract Submission for the Conference are now available.
Visit the Conference Website to register to attend; submit an abstract to present and for further information.
May 04, 2015
We are pleased to announce Dr. Frédérique PivotAssistant Professor, has been awarded funding from The Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative. Her unique project focuses on the development and production of an open, mobile, self-guided course in Geography. The initiative will provide access to students throughout Alberta and Canada and will be the first of its kind in featuring sites in Alberta for the study of physical geography.
The Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative is designed to assist students by reducing costs and to provide faculty members with the resources necessary to offer updated relevant learning content.
February 10, 2015
Dr. Kinshuk Recognized by IEEE Computer Society
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.
February 09, 2015
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship
Environmental and Life Sciences Program
Title: Interseeding cover crops in grain corn for improving soil health
Supervisor: Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Location: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Project: Interseeding cover crops in corn offers an opportunity to enhance soil health parameters, improve nutrient use efficiency, reduce soil erosion and consequently contribute to long-term profitability of corn production in Ontario. There is limited information on choices of cover crops, seeding strategies, soil health and economic benefits of interseeding cover crops in grain corn production. The overall objective of this project is to assess the contribution of interseeding cover crops to long-term profitability of corn production in Ontario through their effects on soil health, nitrogen (N) use efficiency, and residual soil nitrate reduction at harvest. Three new corn trials will be established at three sites with different soil properties and corn heat units. These sites include Trent University Sustainable Agriculture Experimental Farm, and University of Guelph Experimental Farms at Elora and Ridgetown. The final outcome of the project would be ranking of the interseeding cover crop treatments in terms of establishment, biomass production, competitiveness with grain corn, and effects on sensitive indicators of soil health and residual soil nitrate at harvest. The soil health and soil nitrate reduction benefits will be linked with long-term profitability. The interseeder technology will be tested for effective integration of cover crops into corn stands. This is a three-year project funded by Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO).
An MSc degree in Agriculture, Soil Science, Agronomy, Environmental Sciences, Biology or related disciplines with a min.of 85-89% on last 10 full university credits (A average). Preference will be given to Canadian Citizen and Permanent Residents of Canada
Desired start date: May 2015
Application deadline: March 15, 2015 or until a qualified candidate is found
Stipend: As per university funding levels ($21000/yr for three years)
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter that includes a brief summary of your research experience/interests/goals, CV, unofficial transcripts, and names of 2 academic references to: Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, Ph: 705-7481011 ext. 7954; Fax: 705-748-1569;
Students will also be required to apply to the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program through Trent University at www.trentu.ca/graduatestudies .
Graduate Program Information:
January 01, 2015
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics opened on January 1, 2015. This online 4-year Bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is geared towards applications across a wide variety of scientific and math-related disciplines, is the first of its kind in Canada.
"The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is an advanced program that fosters innovative thinking towards the solutions of scientific, environmental, and even sociological issues using mathematical methods. Students will develop a deeper understanding and alternative perspectives of problems in math-related interdisciplinary fields," says Dr. Lisa Carter, the dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.
The program will prepare students for careers in engineering, computing sciences, life sciences, statistics, bioinformatics, environmental science, finance and economics, ecology and epidemiology. Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to continue their career at the graduate level.
December 31, 2014
MSc or PhD position: fish population dynamics
A graduate student position (either at the MSc or PhD level) is available at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Potential projects could focus on prey fish population dynamics in Lake Simcoe and involve analysis of hydroacoustic data and/or the building of life history models. The exact project details can be developed according to the student’s background and interests. Candidates with excellent quantitative skills are encouraged to apply. For initial screening and to receive more information about the project, interested students should send a letter expressing their qualifications and interests, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Erin Dunlop (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information on the Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program at Trent, please visit http://www.trentu.ca/els/. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible but the position will remain open until filled.
MSc position: fish life history experiments
An MSc position is available at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Chris Wilson and Dr. Erin Dunlop. The project involves conducting laboratory experiments on lake trout to examine inherent differences in life history traits among strains stocked in the Upper Great Lakes. For initial screening and to receive more information about the project, interested students should send a letter expressing their qualifications and interests, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Erin Dunlop (email@example.com). For more information on the Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program at Trent, please visit http://www.trentu.ca/els/. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible but the position will remain open until filled.
Two Graduate Student Opportunities in Aquatic Ecology
Two graduate student positions available at the MSc or PhD level:
Primary location: Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University, Peterborough ON, Canada. This position will also include extended travel to Toronto and field work throughout Ontario, Canada and Ontario’s Far North.
Starting Date: Spring 2015. Actual start date depends on candidate availability. Funding is largely secured.
In support of the development of an aquatic ecosystem classification for the province of Ontario, we are looking for two graduate students for two related projects. Dividing stream networks into manageable size units for management and research is a fundamental practice. Although there are a plethora of terms used to describe streams at different scales, the stream valley segment is gaining popularity for management. Stream segments are defined as sections of streams with homogeneous characteristics, physical, chemical, thermal and flow regimes. Inflowing tributaries are assumed to impart changes in these characteristics leading to sudden ecological shifts and thus are classified differently than upstream neighbouring segments.
Project #1: Confluence symmetry and upstream influences. The student will examine stream network characteristics, longitudinal gradient patterns, and confluence symmetry ratios to guide the development of homogeneous stream valley segments. More specifically, the student will determine which confluences should be used to differentiate stream segments for the classification.
Key tasks include:
Project #2: Aquatic network measures. The student will develop an understanding of how lakes interact with streams on a network basis. Focus will be on generating stream-lake network metrics that describe the size, number, arrangement, and order of lakes. A subset of such metrics will be used to predict flow regime types based on landscape characteristics. The student will also investigate how lakes influence downstream reaches and how this influence attenuates with distance downstream, stream size and reach contributing characteristics.
Key tasks include:
This is classic stream ecology research and represents a terrific mix of applied and basic science. Both projects will require a thorough review of the literature and field work. The students will be co-supervised by aquatic ecologist Nick Jones (Trent University) and landscape ecologist Dr. Stephanie Melles (Ryerson University). Students will have the opportunity to interact with academia and government personnel and work as teaching assistants.
Application deadline: Feb 1 2015 or when filled.
The applicants should have a strong background in ecology. Experience using statistical packages, GIS, MS Access is an asset but can be learned. Interested applicants should email a cover letter detailing experience, CV, and contact information for three references to nicholas.jones(AT)Ontario.ca
Jones (Nick) PhD
River and Stream Ecology Lab | Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Adjunct Professor Trent University
Lab website http://people.trentu.ca/nicholasjones/
M.Sc. Analysis of Long-term Satellite Tracking of Bald Eagles
Employer: Trent University
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Last Date to Apply:
Open until filled
Description: We are seeking a student interested in animal movement and statistical analyses for a M.Sc. position in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. The proposed start date is September 2015, but could be earlier. The student will be working with Dr. Joe Nocera and Debbie Badzinski (Stantec Consulting)in partnership with Bird Studies Canada to investigate movement patterns of juvenile Bald Eagles by analyzing a long-term dataset of locations collected by satellite tracking devices. Bald Eagles are a species of Special Concern in Ontario. There is little information on dispersal patterns in this species, and how this is related to future habitat selection. Bird Studies Canada coordinated a long-term program to track Bald Eagles in the lower Great Lakes (2004-2014) with satellite transmitters, and these data are now ready for intensive analysis (http://www.bsc-eoc.org/research/speciesatrisk/baea/ )
The student would analyze these data in conjunction with all partners (Trent U., Stantec, and Bird Studies Canada). Some fieldwork could be incorporated into the project, and a portion of the student’s time will be invested into work at Stantec (in Stoney Creek, Ontario). Candidates must have a B.Sc. in a related field and be comfortable with basic statistical analysis. Previous experience with advanced statistical techniques, using R, and/or GIS are not required, but are valuable assets.
Candidates must also meet the general admission requirements for Trent University. This position will be funded, in part, through an NSERC Industrial Post-graduate Scholarship in partnership with Stantec. It is important to note that this scholarship requires an excellent academic record. Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter describing research interests, CV, and list of two or more references to Joe Nocera at firstname.lastname@example.org . The position will remain open until filled, but please try to submit applications by 31 March 2015.
December 15, 2014
Clear skies in September made way for an impressive light show over Athabasca. This amazing footage of an aurora was captured at the Observatory (AUGO) on September 19, 2014 by researcher Ian Schofield.
November 18, 2014
The Faculty of Science and Technology is pleased to offer WHMIS, a new online course in workplace health and safety.
This opportunity has been made possible with our partnership with Gemini Performance Solutions, a company that specializes in the development of quality safety modules that are suitable for students, industry personnel and individuals who seek an affordable and flexible mode of delivery that is accessible anytime, anywhere.
October 31, 2014
Dr. Lisa Carter was reappointed dean of Athabasca University’s Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) for a second five-year term effective Oct. 1, 2014.
“We’re fortunate to have a dean with Dr. Carter’s energy, enthusiasm and deep commitment to Athabasca University,” said Dr. Cindy Ives, interim vice-president, academic, at AU. “In her next five years, she will lead the Faculty of Science and Technology toward strengthening relationships with students, academics, staff and the community.”
As the founding dean of FST, which was formed in 2009 when AU reorganized its academic centres into faculties, Dr. Carter has provided leadership for many initiatives. Some of these include:
Carter joined the AU community in 1995 and performed several teaching and administrative roles before becoming the dean of FST. Outside of AU, she’s a strong advocate for promoting careers in science and technology, especially for under-represented groups and communities. She’s currently a board member for BESTT (Bridge for Engineering Science and Technology Talent) and in the past has served on the boards for the Alberta Women’s Science Network and the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology.
August 01, 2014
International scientist Dr. Junye Wang comes to AU to improve our understanding of reclamation and remediation of land and water in Alberta’s Athabasca River basin:
July 28, 2014
It is with great sadness that Faculty of Science and Technology shares the recent passing of Louis Schmittroth. Louis was a professor emeritus at Athabasca University and was a founding member of our Computing Science program. He started as a mathematician from Princeton and came to Athabasca University to continue his career.
July 01, 2014
As of July 1, the online Bachelor of Science in Architecture offered by Athabasca University and Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is open and ready for students to enrol.
"The philosophy behind this program is very unique," said Barry Johns, chancellor of the College of Fellows of the RAIC and one of the people who helped to shape the program. "It's a work-study program, so it enables people with experience in practice, for example in construction or an architect's office, to connect with the academic world of architecture. But unlike many architecture programs where you have to be a full-time student, you don't have to leave your place of employment. You can continue your education part-time at your own pace."
The first online degree of its kind in Canada, the BSc in Architecture is administered by the RAIC Centre for Architecture within AU's Faculty of Science and Technology. Students can complete the academic portion of the BSc entirely through AU, or if they have a relevant diploma, they may be able to transfer the diploma and complete the program as a post-diploma degree.
"This is a remarkable program that will allow aspiring architects to break down education barriers they've had in the past," said Dr. Lisa Carter, the dean of AU's Faculty of Science and Technology. "It also enables people in related fields, or other people who are simply interested in learning about architecture, to study architecture within a flexible format."
"We've been working on this degree for quite some time, so we're thrilled to finally open it up to students."
Learn more about the new online BSc in Architecture
Updated December 05 2014 by FST Technical Staff