Welcome to the website and blog of Dr. Daniel Gillis, Associate Professor and Statistician in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph, Co-founder of Farm To Fork, Co-creator of the Ideas Congress (ICON) Transdisciplinary Classroom, and Director of the Physical Science & Engineering Education Research Centre.
On Tuesday of last week, more than 130 senior students in the School of Computer Science were introduced to the community partner they will be working with for the duration of the fall 2017 semester. I’m happy to announce that this year the students in CIS3750 Systems Analysis & Design In Application will be working with the amazing team at Community Living Cambridge.
I am currently looking to take on several senior students who are studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, or Statistics to support my various research programs. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.
Two weeks ago I joined Dr. Jason Ernst, undergraduate co-op student Fraser Seymour, and graduate student Nic Durish on a team trip to Rigolet. Our visit to Rigolet was to continue working on the community-led eNuk and mobile mesh networking projects. The former involving the development and testing of web and mobile applications for collecting and disseminating health and environment data, the latter involving the implementation of a mobile mesh network to improve community connectivity.
On Friday several of my students took part in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences Undergraduate Poster Session. The event, held annually, is an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase the research they’ve been doing over the summer.
In late January, I stumbled on a CBC article about a group of Fall River high school students who had developed an innovative piece of tech that would help them access the internet in regions where wi-fi signals were too weak. While the method provided an inexpensive solution to the sketchy classroom wi-fi signals they were experiencing in their high school, it became clear to them that their solution had the potential to support a broader set of communities around the world.
On June 15th, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced the 21 projects that have received funding through their 2017 Community Investment Program (CIP). I am extremely happy to be part of a collaborative effort to receive support from CIRA to explore mobile mesh technologies to build a better online Canada in the Inuit community of Rigolet.