The Canadian Association of Computer Science/Association informatique Canadienne (CACS/AIC) is pleased to announce the winners of the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Science Prize for 2010. They are Professor Parvin Mousavi of Queen’s University, Professor Ian Goldberg of the University of Waterloo, and Professor Patrick Hayden of McGill University. These awards are given out annually to computer science faculty members in Canadian universities who have had outstanding impact in their field within 10 years of graduation from their Ph.D. program. Short summaries of their research contributions follow.
View photos from the Awards Banquet Ceremony which took place during the CACS/AIC AGM in Edmonton, Alberta (June 21-22, 2011)
Dr. Parvin Mousavi is a leading young researcher in medical imaging, bioinformatics and systems biology. Her innovative approaches to the acquisition and analysis of ultrasound signals have provided an enhanced understanding of the existence and the extent of prostate cancer. As a result, prostate cancer patients have an improved quality of life after treatment, while adverse effects are reduced. Her research will directly benefit the one in six Canadian men who already suffer from this disease. The number of patients is expected to double by 2025 when the baby boomer generation reaches the age of peak prevalence. Her unique integrative approach contributes to earlier diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and will facilitate the discovery of personalized therapies. She uses features from multiple imaging modalities, publicly available databases, and clinical information to formulate accurate models of the progression of this disease. This research will directly benefit the approximately 75,000 Canadians who already suffer from this disease and the 1,000 new patients expected to be diagnosed each year. Worldwide, there are 2.5 million people with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Mousavi is an internationally renowned researcher: her work appears in the top venues in her field. She has also filed a patent application for a method of improved ultrasonic detection. She has been invited to present her research at universities in Canada and the US, as well as at national and international meetings. Dr. Mousavi has garnered career funding of $1.6 million, which is extremely impressive for a young researcher. She has served on the program committees of some of the top international conferences and workshops in her field, as well as article associate editor for the Medical Physics journal. She is currently a board member of the Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology Journal. The candidate's impact on the research training of young researchers is significant. Since joining Queen's University, she has supervised 10 research associates, 3 postdoctoral fellows, 7 PhD students,16 MSc students, and 27 senior undergraduates. She received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario in 2009.
Dr. Goldberg is an excellent researcher whose focus is on privacy in the information age. The primary theme running through his research is the principle that individuals should have a right to privacy, in the form of informational self-determination. Whereas technologies deployed on the internet often degrade privacy, it is also possible to design new technologies to enhance privacy. Dr. Goldberg’s contributions in this arena are significant, wide-ranging and well recognized. In addition, Dr. Goldberg is also recognized as an expert in cryptography, both in terms of designing new systems and in cryptanalysing existing systems. Dr. Goldberg’s contributions include the cryptanalysis of Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and the design of the Off-the-Record (OTR) messaging system that is used worldwide. Dr. Goldberg has given invited talks at conferences and institutions around the world and has published widely in the best conferences and journals in his areas of interest. He has a continuous record of service on the program committees of these same influential conferences, including the USENIX Security Symposium (of which he has been program chair), the ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, and the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (of which he has also been program co-chair). He is a founding member of the CrySP (Cryptography, Security, and Privacy) research group in the School of Computer Science at Waterloo, a group of faculty and graduate students that is internationally well known. Dr. Goldberg won an Early Research Award from the Government of Ontario in 2010.
Patrick Hayden holds the Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Information at McGill University. He is an enormously prolific and powerful problem solver with a unifying vision for his research program. His research focuses on finding efficient methods for performing the communication tasks that will be required for large-scale quantum information processing. This includes the development of methods for reliably sending quantum states through ‘noisy’ media and for protecting quantum information from unauthorized manipulation. He has also applied these techniques to the question of information loss from black holes. He is widely published in the top physics and information theory journals and is a frequent invited speaker at prestigious international conferences. He serves as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, as well as having served on the program committees of many excellent conferences. So far in his career, he has refereed over 300 journal and conference papers. Dr. Hayden is an enthusiastic supervisor of students, with a large cohort of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as being an inspiring mentor to many undergraduate students. He was instrumental in organizing a summer school on quantum information science that brought over 80 young graduate students from around the world to Montréal, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills not available to them in their home countries. Dr. Hayden has won many honours. He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, the winner of a Sherman Fairchild Prize Fellowship at Caltech, and a Rhodes Scholar. More recently, he has been awarded a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.