Computer Science
Digital tool assesses privacy and effectiveness of contact tracing apps 

Digital tool assesses privacy and effectiveness of contact tracing apps 

A new tool developed by a team of Western University computer scientists performs a digital deep dive on the near-endless stream of contact tracing (CT) mobile apps currently available on the market to evaluate their effectiveness and, more importantly for most, their privacy thresholds.

New site helps data tell COVID-19 story in real time

New site helps data tell COVID-19 story in real time

There were rich sources of information on COVID-19 out there. But while all that data had plenty to say about the times we are living in, it still took Grace Yi and her colleagues to help tell its story.

Future signaled in combined PhD candidacy

Future signaled in combined PhD candidacy

Jacqueline Keuper, MSC’17, did not intend to be a pioneer. But the more she thought about the possibilities, the more she realized becoming Western’s first combined PhD candidate made sense.

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Using machine learning, a team of Western computer scientists and biologists have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 DNA sequences. 

Musical puts mental-health struggles on stage

Musical puts mental-health struggles on stage

For a pair of Western alumni, starting a conversation about mental health is something to sing about. Thalia Ranjbar, BA’19 (Kinesiology), and Jake Schindler, BMus’18, BSc’19 (Computer Science), hope to shine a light on mental health with the staging of Where Do We...

Six Western projects earn CFI backing

Six Western projects earn CFI backing

From hearing loss and brain activity, to cancer and joints, to sustainable energy and social cues, six Western-led projects, involving 10 researchers within four faculties, received more than $1 million through the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Grad offers a ‘Clew’ to future success

Grad offers a ‘Clew’ to future success

Udara Jayawardena, BSc’19 (Bioinformatics), gets straight to the point when you ask him what he does: “I write code, design things, and dabble in genomics.”

Students land project – after a lost year

Students land project – after a lost year

One year ago today, a team of Western graduate students launched a high-altitude balloon (HAB) 20 km into space with the lofty goal of studying the Earth’s stratosphere. The launch was a success. The retrieval not so much – at least until last week.

Feds back radical shift in radiation analytics

Feds back radical shift in radiation analytics

Radiation. Be it contact with a single person, or the unthinkable exposure of tens of thousands, Peter Rogan knows time is of the essence in determining the extent of contamination.

Alumni named Top 40 Under 40

Alumni named Top 40 Under 40

Western University congratulates five of its alumni for being named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2017. Through hard work and dedication, these alumni have earned one of Canada’s most prestigious honours for young leaders. Alumni honoured this year include: Kristen...

Suárez: Time of retreat is over for humanities

Suárez: Time of retreat is over for humanities

Juan Luis Suárez knows when it comes to the arts, humanities and social sciences, universities are standing at an impasse. And it will take scholars from these fields to move towards progress, he said.

Suárez tapped to lead non-STEM efforts

Suárez tapped to lead non-STEM efforts

Western professor Juan Luis Suárez has been named Associate Vice-President (Research), a position university officials envision proving unprecedented support for scholarship in the social sciences, arts and humanities, Research Western announced today.

reHarvest sees possibilities in wasteful practice

reHarvest sees possibilities in wasteful practice

Jasmine Wang remembers the day in Grade 8, back home in Alberta, when she saw her local Tim Hortons toss out a box of perfectly good donuts. “It shocked me. I was taken aback,” said Wang, a first-year Computer Science and Arts & Humanities student. “Why isn’t that...

Teams rise up to the Challenge

Teams rise up to the Challenge

The World’s Challenge Challenge, a staple of Western’s International Week, sees more than 30 student teams in competition, presenting a unique solution to a global challenge, in front of a panel of judges.

University, industry get design game on

University, industry get design game on

Claudette Critchley, BSc’94, BEd’95, wouldn’t call herself a gamer – an odd statement from the COO and co-founder of Big Blue Bubble, Canada’s largest independent mobile gaming company.

Western named among elite for game design

Western named among elite for game design

Western isn’t playing around when it comes to game design as the university was named today among the top destinations in the world to study – and launch a career in – the popular discipline, according to The Princeton Review’s seventh annual rankings of the best...

Computer Science student takes ambition into another dimension

Computer Science student takes ambition into another dimension

Talk to Mouth Abuaysha and you’ll wonder how he finds the time to pursue extracurricular activities and interests. A third-year Computer Science student who admittedly wants to excel, he is regularly inundated with schoolwork. He’s also a research assistant at...