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The Department of Computer Science strives to create a dynamic, experiential learning environment for its students and staff by participating in a wide range of development initiatives throughout the year.

Here we post the news, events, accomplishments and research activity that make the Computer Science Department at UNB Saint John so unique and inspiring.

News archive

JH Brenas, M. Sadnan Al Manir, C. Baker will receive first prize for "A Malaria Analytics Framework to Support Evolution and Interoperability of Global Health Surveillance Systems" at the 2019 ISDS Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance.

Alireza Manashti got the NB Health Research Foundation "Rising Star" award for the month of October. See the list for 2018.

Dale Vandenborre from Opportunities NB to present "New Brunswick as a Digital Health Innovation Hub" on Monday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. in the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre. Talk poster

Alireza Manashty has had "Life Model: A novel representation of life-long temporal sequences in health predictive analytics" accepted by the journal Future Generation Computer Systems.

Alireza Manashty, a PhD candidate at the department of computer science, received the Maecenas Graduate Scholarship  award (typically valued at over $5,000) for 2018-2019 year. Based on academic achievement, one award is awarded to a graduate student on each campus. More information.

PhD graduate student Alireza Manashty and Prof. Janet Light published "A Concise Temporal Data Representation Model for Prediction in Biomedical Wearable Devices” in IEEE Internet of Things. The paper proposes a novel time mapping model capable of mapping billions of data elements with sampling rate of several kHz or higher into a sequence of 32 elements or fewer. Life Model for time-series (LMts) is used to predict and forecast human falls even with 50% missing values.

M. Sadnan Al Manir, JH Brenas, CJ Baker and A Shaban-Nejad had "A Surveillance Infrastructure for Malaria Analytics: Provisioning Data Access and Preservation of Interoperability" accepted for publication by JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, May 2018.

The 2018 NB High School Programming Contest has successfully concluded (May 4). See those pages for details.

Prabhat Mahanti and co-authors published "Analysis of Directional Functional Connectivity during Perceptual Decision Making Using Autoregressive Immune System", J. Next Gen. Inf. Tech. v9, March 2018

M. Sadnan Al Manir, Chris Baker and Bruce Spencer had "Decision Support for Agricultural Consultants with Semantic Data Federation" accepted by Int. J. of Agric. and Env. Info. Syst."; to appear June 2018.

Talk: "Agile Development in the Army" by Dean Luigi Benedicenti, Dean of the Faculty of CS, UNB Fredericton. Originally to be held 9am on March 1, 2018, Hazen Hall 232, UNB Saint John, but rescheduled to a future date due to bad weather.

Talk : "Big Data Application: Mining Twitter opinions to invest in stocks" by Dr. Jong-Kyou Kim, Professor, College of Informatics, Korea University. Presentation at the Faculty of Business, January 26, 2018, 10:30 in HWK-G16.

Talk: "Semantic Big Data: New frontiers in decision support" by Chris Baker. Presentation at the Faculty of Business, January 26, 2018, 11:30 in HWK-G16.

Sadnan Al-Manir and Chris Baker will be presenting "Exploring Semantic Data Federation to Enable Malaria Surveillance Queries" at Medical Informatics Europe 2018, in Gothenburg, Sweden, April 2018.

Prabhat Mahanti published "Estimating Cointegration and Forecast of Multiple Time-Series Using Autoregressive T-Cell-Receptors", Advances in Information Sciences and Services Sciences 9(2), 2017.

Prabhat Mahanti will join the editorial board of the International Journal of Extreme Automation and Connectivity in Healthcare.

Alireza Manashty, Dr. Janet Light's PhD student, received the second place award for his video pitch at the 4th annual RBC UNBeatable Ideas Competition.

Chris Baker presented "Sepsis Surveillance: Actionable decision support depends on a data scientist?" at the Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis USA. November 2017.

Chris Baker presented " Decision Support for Agricultural Consultants with Semantic Data Federation" at Big Data Congress, Ocean and Earth, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 2017.

Talk "Cognitive Agents in Virtual Reality and Gaming Environments" by Rainer Herpers, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in Oland Hall G31.

Prabhat Mahanti published "Emperical Validation of Defect Density Prediction Uisng Static Code Metrics", Advances in Information Sciences and Service Sciences 9(2), pp 57-66, 2017.

Chris Baker presented "Reseach Data Alliance" at the IGAD Pre-Meeting on Capacity Development in Agricultural Data Management, Sept. 2017.

Chris Baker and Sadnan Al-Manir published "A Malaria Analytics Framework to Support Evolution and Interoperability of Global Health Surveillance Systems", IEEE Access 99, Oct. 2017.

Chris Baker and Sadnan Al-Manir had a poster "A Change Management Dashboard for the SIEMA Global Malaria Surveillance" at the International Semantic Web Conference, Oct. 2017.

Prabhat Mahanti is a guest editor of the special issue for Intelligence Computational Techniques for Multimodal Data, Springer, August 2017.

Ryan Clancy, 4th year BScCS, was selected to attend the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Conference at the U. of Waterloo, Sept. 2017.

Jon Hael Brenas, Ph.D. from the OAK-Ridge National Lab (ORNL) Center for Biomedical Informatics, and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Memphis, TN, USA. will talk about SIEMA: SEMANTIC INTEROPERABILILTY AND EVOLUTION FOR MALARIA ANALYTICS. See talk poster.

Chris Baker was nominated for the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award, which recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and promotion of bioscience in the province of New Brunswick.

Chris Baker will present the the annual meeting of agricultural chief scientists of G20 states (MACS-G20) in Berlin (September 2017).

Janet Light gave the keynote address, "Automation in Health Monitoring", at ICCCA (Intl. Conf. on Computing, Communication, Automation), held in Noida, India (May 2017).

Sadnan Al Manir, Bruce Spencer and Chris Baker presented their paper "Decision Support for Agricultural Consultants with Semantic Data Federation" at IN-OVIVE 2017 (International workshop on sources and data integration in agriculture, food and environment using ontologies) in Montpellier, France, July 2017.

Maksudul Chowdhury will give his internal PhD defense on April 21, 2017.  Title: Continuous User Authentication in Body Area Networks.

Prabhat Mahanti is a guest editor for a special issue (July 2017) on Intelligent Computational Techniques for Elsevier's Journal of Computational Science.

Prabhat Mahanti is a guest editor for a special issue (December 2017) on Multimodal Fusion for Pattern Recognition, in Pattern Recognition Letters.

Dr. Bill Lenhart will give a talk "Colorful Point-set Embeddings of Trees" on March 22, 2017.

Dr. Arash Shaban-Najad will give a talk "Population Health Intelligence: From Data to Actionable Insight" on March 1, 2017.

Chris Baker received funding for malaria-related data integration work from the University of Tennessee.

Daniel Gaudet is awarded the first Certificate in Data Analytics.

James Stewart to defend his PhD thesis, 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2017. In Oland Hall 203. Title: Meta-Learning Approach for Evaluating the Effect of Software Development Policies.

Professor Bill Lenhart of Williams College will be a Visiting Professor in our department for several months in 2017.

The Department hoped to offer CS1073, CS1083 and CS1003 this summer. CS1073 would run for 6 weeks, then followed by CS1083 which would run for the remaining 6 weeks. Offering was conditional upon sufficient enrolment, and unfortunately CS1073 and 1083 didn't reach the required enrolment.


Chris Baker presented a talk at IC3-FOODS Food Ontology, Operability, Data and Semantics (Davis, CA), November 7, 2016.

Talk: VIZWIK: The design of a controlled data flow programming language by Simon Gauvin, Nov 23, 2016 (1:30 p.m.) This reschedules a talk from last academic year.

Ahmad Chan to defend his PhD thesis, 10 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2016.

Talk "Data-driven Healthcare" by Greg Butler, Oct. 3, 2016. Talk slidesPhoto 1Photo 2.

After much work by the department, which assembled information to show that our BScCS degree continues to meet and exceed national standards, on Sept. 8 we were notified that the external accreditation body agrees: the BScCS has been re-accredited under the Computer Science criteria by the Computer Science Accreditation Committee until 2023. 

Chris Baker to present at the Cambridge Semantic Web Meetup at MIT, September 2016. Presentation involves the thesis work of PhD student Sadnan Al-manir.

Chris Baker invited to present at the G8 Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Summit in NY City.

Chris Baker interviewed on CBC Radio over his work with Ahmad Chan and a group from Yale, on search techniques for medical images (February 2016).

Talk: Comprehensive self service life science data federation by Alexandre Riazanov, IPSNP, Jan 2016.



Student tour of the new Bell Data centre in Milledgeville.

Talk: The role of semantic web technologies in smart environments by Dr. Faisal Razzak, Software engineer at IPSNP Computing Inc., Saint John, Canada (April 2014).

Graduate Student of CSAS, Ahmad Chan has won best poster award in CSHASL 2014

Talk: The Mystery of the Missing Lower Bound by Prof. Joseph Horton, Tues. Nov. 26, 11-12, Hazen Hall 127