Faculty of Applied Sciences: Best of 2010

Boeing grant drives visual analytics research
A $1.35-million grant from The Boeing Co. in 2010 put SFU computing science and interactive arts and technology researchers at the forefront of the emerging field of visual analytics. The techniques they’re developing at the newly funded Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics will improve how governments, industry and academia analyze copious amounts of complex data.

Computing scientists create new ‘recommender’ system
A new software system for creating trusted recommendations online earned its SFU developers a best-paper award from among more than 200 submissions at an international conference in Spain. Recommender systems, such as those used by video-rental site Netflix and online merchandiser Amazon, help users find relevant information on products or services based on how they have rated previously acquired items.

Outlook bright for DDP grads
The first three Chinese students to graduate from SFU’s unique dual-degree program in computing science, offered jointly with China’s Zhejiang University (ZU), all agree it has opened unexpected doors to the future.

CompSci undergrads win BCNET challenge
Three SFU computing science students, Malcolm Lalkaka, Radu Balan and Jag Sandhar, won the $1500 first prize in BCNET’s Broadband Innovation Challenge. The students won for a web application called Virtual Classroom that makes it easier to host live lectures online.

Students qualify for brain battle in Egypt
Three computing science students were set to head to Egypt in February 2011 for the finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, after beating 73 teams to take first place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Association for Computing Machinery regional competition. In Egypt, teammates Hua Huang, Wesley May and Andrew Henrey would be among 100 student teams from around the world battling for what the competition sponsor, IBM, dubs “The World’s Smartest Trophy”.