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 and GuelphHacks, Co-creator of the Ideas Congress (ICON) Transdisciplinary Classroom, and Director of the Physical Science & Engineering Education Research Centre.
Last semester I asked my undergraduate and graduate students to begin drafting reflective posts. In particular, I asked them if they would write 500-1000 words about their journeys through their various academic programs. This wasn’t a requirement, and the topic of each post was open to whatever the author felt compelled to draft. And aside from some minor editorial adjustments, the posts you’ve read have all been penned by the students in their particular voice.
In an ongoing series, today’s post is authored by Ross Kett, an MSc Math candidate in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph. Ross’ research has involved the development of a system of differential equations to better understand the population dynamics of a species of freshwater fish that are being managed by two very different management strategies.
Yesterday it was officially announced that my colleague and friend, Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs, has been named on the list of this year’s Guelph Women of Distinction honorees. While it comes as no surprise to probably anyone who knows her, this is so well deserved.
Yesterday I spoke at the Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit in Toronto about the Rigolet-led eNuk health and environment monitoring program that I’ve had the privilege and honour of working on for the last few years. In particular, I spoke about how mobile mesh networks could work to improve connectivity and narrow the digital divide that separates a significant portion of our population from access to online resources.
In late January a new weekly podcast was launched called The School of Batman. The premise: scientists from around the world chat with host Chris George of figshare about their research, and how said research might be used to help Batman save the day.