Message from Head of Department - Fall 2005

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Regina.

The Department has a tradition of excellence in teaching and is home to nineteen dynamic and active faculty members whose fields of inquiry include multimedia, IT security, Web informatics, and Granular Computing, including Bayesian networks, data mining, and Rough Sets. There are 220 undergraduate majors in Computer Science and 90 graduate students.

The next few years will present significant and exciting challenges and issues for the Department, especially as we watch the careers of our new faculty members expand and flourish. Speaking of careers, former University of Regina President, Dr. David Barnard, has joined the Regina IT community, but retains his connection to the Department as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Larry Saxton has been promoted to Assistant Dean Undergraduate for the Faculty of Science. And, Dr. Larry Symes, the first faculty member and first Department Head of Computer Science celebrates thirty-five years of service at the University of Regina.

is past year we recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of our graduates with Dr. Larry Matthies of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory giving the Basterfield Lecture on his work on the Mars Lander and Dr. Ross Mitchell'spresentation on his work interpreting MRI data at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. These presentations show the breadth of career possibilities for Computer Science graduates, from exploring the Universe to saving lives. In September, we hosted Tenth International Conference on Rough Sets, Fuzzy Sets, Data Mining, and Granular Computing (RSFDGrC 2005). This was a wonderful opportunity for faculty and graduate students to engage with internationally renowned researchers. The recent doldrums for employment in the information technology sector appear to be easing and we are facing difficulty with a demand for Co-op students that sharply exceeds supply. We need more Co-op students and more graduates as the IT job market recovers. So, any of our majors who are reading this, think seriously about Co-op. We've been discussing many new variations with the Co-op Office, from part-time to one year placements to meet student and industry needs.



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