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thank you for your interest in joining our lab. However, I am not currently accepting new graduate students at this time. I will not likely be accepting new students until fall 2023. However, please check back here for updates.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECT, PLEASE REVIEW THE PROJECTS BELOW TO SEE IF ANY ARE OF INTEREST. IF SO – FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS THEM FURTHER. I AM ALSO OPEN TO CHATTING ABOUT OTHER IDEAS YOU MIGHT HAVE, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT FIT WITHIN ANY OF MY RESEARCH PROGRAMS.

I am currently looking for students interested in pursuing undergraduate independent studies (or co-op positions, if funding is available). Below are some of the ongoing research projects that might be of interest. I also regularly post new opportunities as they arise.

Computer Science (Mesh Technology & The Digital Divide, Decolonization & Indigenization Of Software Design, Pedagogy, Community-Engaged Scholarship, And Risk Assessment)

  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to help collect and analyze data related to the changing cost of conducting science. Specifically, this would involve collecting data on changes in conference costs, scientific materials, etc. – especially in relation to COVID19. These data will be used to determine a “science price index” (similar to the idea of the consumer price index).
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to help develop an online tool to support animal nutrition. Specifically, this will involve converting a large excel spreadsheet into a user-friendly tool. This work is a collaborative effort with Dr. Kate Shoveller (Department of Animal Biosciences).
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to assist with drafting review papers within the Mobile Ad Hoc Network domain. This work will involve assisting with literature reviews, synthesizing information, and co-authoring documents for submission to conferences or academic journals.
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to analyze data related to youth mental health before and during various stages of the COVID19 pandemic.
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to help design and launch a longitudinal survey to better understand overwork, burnout, and stress for students studying computer science. This will require the development of a Qualtrics survey, a Research Ethics Board application, analysis of data, and drafting of a paper for peer review.
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to assist with the development of community-identified and community-led web and mobile (Android or iOS) applications for data collection and information sharing.
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to explore case studies of software designed for Indigenous communities, with a particular focus on best practices, design tools used, and domain of application (e.g. health apps, environmental monitoring apps, games, language apps, social media).
  • CIS4900/CIS4910 students to explore community-engaged scholarship as a pedagogical tool for improving the educational experience of undergraduate students studying computer science & software design (specifically), and in STEM more broadly. Students could
    1. identify best practices for developing a community-engaged Computer Science (or STEM) classroom,
    2. explore existing and/or develop new tools to support a community-engaged classroom,
    3. evaluate the effect of community-engaged learning on different elements of the student experience,
    4. evaluate the effect of community-engaged classrooms on the community,
    5. explore intellectual property rights pertaining to systems developed with and for the community in a community-engaged classroom,
    6. develop criteria for selecting a community partner such that their challenge meets the learning objectives of the course, or
    7. investigate methods in which students play a role in selecting the community partner (and how best to deal with potential moral objections).
  • CIS4900/4910 students to help update and develop teaching tools and materials for the delivery of CIS3750.

Mathematics & Statistics (Spatial Statistics, Bayesian Analysis, And Public Health & Ecological Risk Assessment)

  • MATH4600/STAT4600 students to conduct a study to evaluate the impact of missing data when latent profile analysis is used to investigate and understand burnout and overwork.
  • MATH4600/STAT4600 students to determine the most appropriate form of the Deviance Information Criterion (as per Spiegelhalter, 2002, and Celeux, et al., 2006) for evaluating spatial Poisson mixture models.
  • MATH4600/STAT4600 students to apply a novel environmental Agent-Based Model to explore different ecological and conservation challenges, or to evaluate different management practices.

16 Comments

  1. Prof, I have applied for project under you at Globalink Research Internship 2021..
    Let me know where can I find more information about it? like is it in a development phase currently or will just start in May 2021?

  2. Can I get a place in your lab? I’m trying get back into academia via Masters in CS. I have a bachelor’s degree in CS and 4 years of experience in virtual reality, Full Stack(JavaScript) Educator and Machine Learning(Pytorch). I’m currently contributing to open source projects like Julia language. I heard you an amazing professor with five star rating in humour 😀

    1. Thanks for reaching out. It all depends on when you are looking to start a degree, what your specific interests are, and if you have funding. I currently have 14 or so grad students, so I’m limiting the number of graduate students who join the lab between now and Fall 2021. Feel free to send me an email, however, with your specific research interests, and perhaps a copy of your CV that I can look over.

  3. Dear Dr. Daniel Gillis, Will you supervise any MSc students in this Winter 2022 session. I am recently working as a research assistant and I want to work in your research team during my masters. I am highly interested in your research works. Can I reach you via email and send you my CV along with academic results.
    Thank you.

    1. Feel free to email me. I haven’t decided when I will take on more graduate students – possibly not until September of 2022. Regardless, feel free to send me your CV and what you are interested in studying.

  4. Dear Dr. Daniel Gillis,
    My name is Paul Donkor and I am a BSc graduate from the University of Education Winneba Ghana with concentration in Information Technology.
    I am planning on applying to University of Guelph’s MS Computer Science program for fall 2022. I would be excited to work with you since my academic and career goals fall under your research areas. I have particular interest in supporting research in data science and it’s application in agriculture, healthcare, city planning, traffic control and business intelligence. Please, can I get in touch with you via email and send my CV, transcript and letter of intent?

    Thank you for your time.
    Sincerely,
    Paul Donkor

    1. Hi Paul,

      Feel free to send my your CV and other documents. However, I am not accepting new students until fall 2023 at the earliest.

  5. Dear Dr. Gillis, I wanted to ask if you are also active in fields related to wireless communication? (Machine learning application in mobile network for example) or eager to work in this area as well.

    1. Hi Farhad,

      I’m not active in fields related to wireless communication (we are focusing on mobile ad hoc networks). Regardless, I am not currently accepting new students into the lab, and likely won’t be accepting any until Fall 2023.

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