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  • COSC co-op student featured the Maclean’s Ultimate Guide to Canadian Universities

    With great pride, we have Basil Syed, one of our COSC co-op students, featured in the 2024 edition of “The Ultimate Guide to Canadian Universities” by Maclean’s.

    Basil Syed is in the third year of the COSC co-op program. Congratulations!

    The Department of Computer Science appreciates and is proud of the efforts of its students, faculty, and staff, bringing its COSC program to be recognized as one of the “Standout Computer Science Programs.”

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  • Reading Week Game Jam

    Computer Science Club will host its annual reading week Game Jam from February 19th onwards.

    Time

    Competition time: February 19th 12:00 am to February 25th 11:59 pm

    Judging time: February 25th till February 27th 11:59 pm

    Results will be announced the week following the reading week.

    Prizes

    The winners of the awards mentioned above will be gifted a prize: a $10 Digital Steam gift card.

    On top of that, you have a bragging right to winning the Brock CSC Game Jam 2023-2024.

    Restrictions

    The basic restrictions are only a team of up to 5 people can participate in the Game Jam, and we are limiting it to one submission per team.

    Other information

    The themes will be announced when the competition starts, but in the meantime, you can sign up for the competition using this form.

    We highly encourage you to join our Discord server to keep updated with announcements about the theme, which will be posted once the jam begins, and for further questions.

  • COSC Student Receives Entrepreneurship Award

    Fatima Abourida is a third-year computer science student and started her business, Gift Minion, years ago.

    She was the first recipient of the Laura Sabia Entrepreneurial Award due to her business initial.

    Read the full story at this link.

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  • Artificial Intelligent Day

    The Computer Science Department will host the first Artificial Intelligence Day event at Brock University. It will occur on November 9th, 2023, at 9 a.m. in Pond Inlet. The event will bring innovative showcases, an engaging panel discussion, inspiring talks, and networking opportunities.

    More details about the event and its registration can be found at this link.

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  • COSC Research Featuring on AI Debiasing Methods

    COSC Researchers led by Dr. Ali Emami have advanced the field of Natural Language Processing with a protocol to mitigate bias, allowing language models to provide more appropriate results. The full article was featured in Brock News at this link.

  • COSC Students and Professors Innovating NOTL Museum

    Assistant Professor Naser Ezzati-Jivan coordinated an engaging hands-on project with COSC undergrad students on a practical project with the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Museum.

    Supported through the Brock-Niagara Validation, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (VPMI) grant, the project allowed students to design and develop an interactive experiential system for the museum.

    More details on this are featured in the Brock University news article.

  • Computer Science Club 23/24 President – Highlights

    The Computer Science Club (CSC) is an active and engaging community for students passionate about computer science, technology, and gaming at our university. As of the 2023-2024 academic year, Gideon Oludeyi is the Club’s President. The club offers a diverse range of activities and events to foster learning, creativity, and social interaction among members. Highlights of the club include the annual Game Jam, a showcase of student creativity in game development, and events like the Fall Kickoff Day and PI(e) Day celebrations, which provide opportunities for members to connect and enjoy fun activities. Additionally, weekly Game Nights and coding competitions cater to gaming and coding enthusiasts. Importantly, the club is inclusive and welcomes ALL students interested in Computer Science and Tech without any specific requirements for participation. For updates and information, students can stay connected through the club’s Discord channel and visit the official website at https://brockcsc.ca. Furthermore, the club has a dedicated space (MCJ332) where members can socialize, play games, and enjoy refreshments between classes, fostering community and camaraderie. Looking ahead, the club has exciting plans for the Fall term, including the Annual Fall Kickoff, which will include food, music, and games. Whether you’re a seasoned Computer Scientist or simply curious about the world of tech, the CSC provides a welcoming environment for students to learn, network, and have a great time.

    Computer Science Club Interview
    Jessica:
    Hello, How was your summer? I would like to congratulate you on becoming the 2023-2024 Computer Science Club (CSC) President.
    Gideon:
    Thank you, Jessica. I had a great learning experience working at an internship role this summer. And I am excited for this new academic year, especially with what we have planned for the club. How was your summer, Jessica?
    Jessica:
    My summer was excellent! I look forward to the academic year and another amazing year with the club. What are some highlights of the club you would like to share about the club?
    Gideon:
    My top highlight would be the 2023 Game Jam during the Winter term’s reading week. I had the privilege to help organize the online event, and I was amazed at the games’ quality and the participants’ creativity. And I liked how we had several opportunities for students to connect throughout the year, such as the Fall Kickoff and PI(e) Day.
    Jessica:
    I agree. My favourite activities last year would be PI(e) Day Celebrations and weekly ♦️ Games ♠️ Nights. Are there any activities this upcoming term?
    Gideon:
    We have several activities lined up for this Fall term. First is our annual Fall Kickoff, where the club will have a social get-together with food, music, and games for club members to connect, socialize, and have fun. We’ll also be resuming our weekly Game Nights and coding competitions. We plan on hosting several workshops to promote peer learning within the club.
    Jessica:
    These activities sound amazing! I am excited to participate and meet other students interested in Computer Science, Games, and Tech. How do I get involved? Are there any requirements for getting involved?
    Gideon:
    There are no restrictions, so long as you have a passion for computer science and tech. Everyone is welcome to join and participate in our events.
    Jessica:
    Where Can I find more information about the club?
    Gideon:
    I’d say to watch the club’s Discord for announcements and other news, as it’s our primary way of getting information out to students. We also have a website at https://brockcsc.ca for more information about the club.
    Jessica:
    Is there a club room or a location where students can meet?
    Gideon:
    I’m glad you asked! Our club room (MCJ332) is opposite the computer science help desk. We have snacks, drinks, board games, video games, and card games. Everyone is welcome to drop by and hang out between classes or whenever.
    Jessica:
    How can I stay in touch for future events and activities or meet new peers?
    Gideon:
    The best way to keep in touch is to watch our club’s Discord announcements. Every activity we host will be posted there, including the Fall Kickoff we’ll host in a few weeks. The Fall Kickoff is a great opportunity for new and returning students to connect, reconnect, and meet new faces. I’d encourage everyone to join us, so watch for more news on Discord.

     

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  • COSC Research Featuring on AI for Drug Design

    COSC Researchers led by Dr. Yifeng Li have advanced the design of more efficient drugs with the help of AI. The full article was featured in Brock News at this link.

     

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  • Reading Week Game Jam

    Computer Science Club will host its annual reading week Game Jam from February 19th onwards.

    Time

    Competition time: February 19th 12:00 pm to February 25th 11:59 pm

    Judging time: February 25th till February 27th 11:59 pm

    Results will be announced the week following the reading week.

    Awards

    We will have different awards for the games that are made, which include Member’s Award, Exec’s Award, and Faculty’s Award.

    Prizes

    The winners of the awards mentioned above will be gifted something from the list below.

    • Brock CSC Hoodies
    • Brock CSC T-Shirt
    • Gift cards from different Franchises
    • Brock CSC Credits – redeemable at the Computer Science Clubroom for purchasable items.

    On top of that, you have a bragging right to winning the Brock CSC Game Jam 2022-2023.

    Restrictions

    The basic restrictions are only a team of up to 3 people can participate in the Game Jam, and we are limiting it to one submission per team.

    Other information

    The themes will be announced when the competition starts, but in the meantime, you can sign up for the competition using this form.

    Categories: News

  • Machine Learning teaching: Canada Games themed projects

    Computer Science Assistant Professor Yifeng Li teaches his Reinforcement Learning course using sports-related video games. This interesting application is an excellent example of Canada Games-related course, where computer agents are trained to take optimal actions. The initiative helps students to learn essential concepts, such as dynamic programming, Monte Carlo methods, temporal-difference algorithms, and neural network-based RL methods.

    More details are in this link.