Research Team

The research lab is comprised of a dynamic interdisciplinary group of students and researchers, community, industry, and government partners, as well as community research leads. Membership includes students who are completing their independent study projects and/or theses in Computer Science, and/or Mathematics & Statistics, as well as paid undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please review the list of available positions before contacting Dr. Gillis.

Undergraduate Students

Casey August
Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Keefer Rourke
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Keefer Rourke is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Guelph. Passionate about computing, he sees technology as a force for positive change around the world, and he is thrilled to work on projects that empower communities. Keefer has been involved with the eNuk project for the past two years, leading the development of its web-server and client APIs. He also runs the Guelph Coding Community — a student organization for tech-focused tutorials, demos, and workshops — and, in 2019 he was awarded as the University of Guelph’s Co-op Student of the Year. In his spare time, you can find Keefer at the climbing gym where he finds dangling from heights oddly relaxing.

Brandon Edwards
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brandon is an award winning undergraduate student who is investigating the use of mathematical modeling to better understand human impacts on the piping plover, an endangered shorebird that nests at Sauble Beach.

Graduate Students

Patrick Houlding
MSc Computer Science Student

Patrick Houlding is pursuing a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Guelph. After recently graduating from the University, he is eager to continue working on the Mobile Mesh project by researching Device Density Optimization. Patrick has previously been involved in Dr. Gillis’ lab evaluating the Digital Divide, and has contributed to numerous other projects using statistical methods and machine learning. By shifting his research towards Device Density, he hopes to aid the project by discovering the many nuances regarding peer and super peer relations in various sizes of Mobile Mesh Networks.

Jeremie Fraeys de Veubeke
MSc Computer Science Student

Jeremie recently graduated from the Computer Science program at the University of Guelph. He is currently pursuing a MSc in Computer Science with the goal of exploring machine learning methods and how they might be applied to optimization of data transfer and node designations within a wireless mobile mesh network.

Marshall Asch
MSc Computer Science Student

Marshall Asch is a Masters student in Computer Science at the University of Guelph, where he received his Bachelor of Computing in 2019.  His research focus is on data storage in Mobile Mesh Networks. He;s interested in developing solutions that address the gap in connectivity that exists in Canada and around the world. Specifically, he is exploring ad-hoc networks to bridge the connectivity gap in regions where traditional networking infrastructure is too expensive and infeasible to deploy. Marshall was named to the Society of Excellence in 2019.

Danielle St Jean
MSc Mathematics Student

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Nic Durish
MSc Computer Science Student

Nic is a MSc student in the School of Computer Science working with the Rigolet Inuit Community to quantify the digital divide. Nic won the Guelph Chamber of Commerce Young Innovators Award in 2017.

Fatemeh Safari
PhD Computational Sciences Student

Fatemeh received her B.Sc. in Computer Hardware Engineering from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran and completed her M.Sc. in IT Engineering – Computer Networks from Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran, with a focus on Software Defined Networking (SDN). After several years of professional industry experience in the field of computer networks and routing protocols, she is starting her Ph.D. in Computational Science at the University of Guelph. She joins the Bridging the Digital Divide project with a goal of helping people around the globe with better access and connectivity given limited network infrastructure.

Hillary Dawkins
PhD Computational Sciences Student

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Ali Al Hadwer
PhD Computational Sciences Student

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Ammar Almutawa
PhD Computational Sciences Student

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Jarrett Phillips
PhD Computational Sciences Candidate

I work closely alongside Dan on theoretical aspects of DNA barcoding. In my PhD. work, I am developing computational and statistical methods for optimal sample size determination. Assessing levels of standing genetic variation within species is important for accurate and reliable specimen identification, which is only feasible with a comprehensive barcode database. I am a coadvised by Dan and Bob Hanner in the Department of Integrative Biology (IB). 

Jamey Fraser
PhD Computational Sciences Candidate

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Community Research Leads

Charlie Flowers
Community Research Lead, Rigolet

Inez Shiwak
Community Research Lead, Rigolet

I am also on the advisory committees for the following MSc Students:

  • John Harmer (Computer Science),
  • George Chapman-Brown (Computer Science),

and the advisory committees for the following PhD Students / Candidates:

  • Laura Gatto, PhD Computational Sciences Candidate
  • Akshay Chadha, PhD Computational Sciences Student
  • Bryson Boreland, PhD Mathematics Student