Queen's University

Federal government funds unique graduate program and computer-assisted surgery research


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced funding today for two pioneering research projects at Queen’s University.

“I am grateful to NSERC for its continued support and provision of funding that encourages collaborative partnerships between multidisciplinary researchers,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss. “The CREATE program is invaluable in training highly qualified students and professionals who have the necessary skillset and industry connections to make a smooth and productive transition to the workplace, while the CHRP program supports Canadian researchers in the creation of innovative health services and technologies.”

School of Computing professor James Cordy has been awarded funding from the NSERC CREATE program to establish a unique graduate program in ultra-large systems software.

James Cordy has been awarded a $1,650,000 Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant. The grant will be used to fund a unique School of Computing graduate program in ultra-large scale software systems (ULSS).

“With our existing industrial relationships and global leadership in ULSS research, Queen’s local expertise in professional development, and our strong ties with leading international research institutes, we are in a unique position to offer this, the first and only graduate program of its kind worldwide,” says project leader Dr. Cordy, a professor in the School of Computing and ACM Distinguished Scientist in Software Engineering.

ULSS are national or global computer software systems that process the financial, healthcare, communications, leisure and networking infrastructure that underlie every aspect of modern life. These systems pose unique challenges for software developers and maintainers as even a minor failure or outage risks bringing entire economies to a halt.

The program aims to train over 80 students in its first six years in the specialized methods, advanced design concepts and professional development skills needed to populate this industry and bring knowledge to practice in the real world.

David Pichora's NSERC CHRP grant will help develop advanced computer-assisted surgery technology.

David Pichora has been awarded a $371,970 Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) grant to advance his research in computer-assisted surgical technology for fracture surgery.

"Advanced computer-assisted surgical technology will aid surgeons in repairing fractures in a way that improves accuracy and is less invasive for the patient. It will also help to reduce patient exposure to x-rays during surgery," says Dr. Pichora, professor of surgery and of mechanical and materials engineering at Queen’s and orthopaedic surgeon at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital. "We're on our way to developing computer-assisted systems that will meet these requirements, but more research is needed to advance both our techniques and the technology.”

This grant from NSERC will enable Dr. Pichora’s research team to make significant advances on previous innovations and to further develop the Image Guided Surgery Suite at Kingston General Hospital.

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