Prof. McDonald from the Department of Physics at Queen’s University shares the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics with Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo. The prize was awarded for work that demonstrates that elementary particles named neutrinos undergo changes in their identity which implies that they have mass.
HPCVL partner Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) links up with U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to promote sharing and drive autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research forward.
Five Queen's University professors (including two long time HPCVL users) have been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. The five newest fellows from Queen's have a wide variety of research interests including health, chemistry, and computing.
With the help of IBM technology and personnel, McGregor (HPCVL user) and her team are analyzing enormous streams of data generated by premature infants in neonatal intensive care units. Her Artemis Project gathers a suite of physiological data, including heart rate, respiration rate and blood oxygen saturation.
Don Aldridge, a former research executive at IBM Canada, has joined Queen’s University on a full-time basis as the executive director of the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL), and senior advisor, advanced computing and data analytics.
Richard Birtwhistle is a professor in the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, the director of the university’s Centre for Studies in Primary Care, and the chair and principal investigator of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). Maslove is a clinician scientist in the Queen’s Department of Medicine and Critical Care Program and a critical care physician at Kingston General Hospital.
Professor Patrick Martin of the Queen’s School of Computing, and business professor Brent Gallupe, is being given the chance to use IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system as an integral part of the department’s CISC 490 course, Deep Analytics using Watson. Pat Martin was a speaker at the 2014 Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research symposium, hosted by HPCVL.
HPCVL's data centre houses some of Ontario’s most critically important, and highly confidential, computational research data in areas ranging from the nature of human memory to airplane design.
Launched in 2010, HPCVL partner Ontario Brain Institute was created to build on past investments and existing excellence in Ontario’s neuroscience community, and advance a more integrated approach to brain research that generates both clinical and commercial impact.
Queen’s professors Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof (Anesthesiology) and HPCVL user, and Rosemary Wilson (School of Nursing) as well as David Goldstein (Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) recently travelled to Rwanda to learn more about pain management techniques used in hospitals in Kigali and Butare. The project is co-headed by Ana Johnson, who was a speaker at the HPCVL hosted symposium in Ottawa, ON on May 12, 2015.
Dr. Suning Wang, Queen's Chemistry professor and HPCVL user, has discovered new phenomena and materials with the potential to revolutionize electronics. This in turn supports the various processes involving big data by enabling enhanced technologies, especially for data display and information storage.
Dr. Stephen Strother, HPCVL user, sets up neuroinformatics frameworks to speed up the translation of imaging neuroscience for clinical studies of brain disorders.
At the bottom of a nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, scientists at one of the world's most sophisticated particle physics observatories are investigating one of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos: What is dark matter? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien helps to shed some light on the research at SNOLAB.
Piomelli holds the Canada Research Chair in Turbulence Simulation and Modelling and HPCVL-Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering. Beyond clouds and airfoils, turbulence is found everywhere – from the way cream moves through your coffee, to the flow of water over a whale’s flipper, to the turbulent eddies caused by stents in vascular arteries. Each is a specific problem to which Piomelli has applied his understanding and his research tools.
HPCVL partner PARTEQ Innovations is a collaborator with Atlas Copco related to an underground mining automation technology. Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions serving customers in more than 180 countries with products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.
HPCVL partner Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto has found newer antipsychotic medications do not put pregnant women and their babies at greater risk for a number of major health concerns, including gestational diabetes, hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorders, blood clots and preterm birth. The study is believed to be the largest to date.
Dr. Michael Strong of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the point person for neurologists Ontario-wide who are building a toolkit of sorts they believe will help them predict who will be afflicted and how to detect disease sooner for more effective treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and vascular cognitive impairment. HPCVL partner Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is investing $19 million in the initiative.
Understanding where the dark matter is located and how much there is allows Queen's professor Stéphane Courteau and his team (including Larry Widrow and Kristine Spekkens of Queen’s, both HPCVL users) to create models for the typical mass distribution in galaxies and clusters of galaxies. These can, in turn, be compared to theories of galaxy formation and evolution to understand how galaxies like our own have emerged, and also test models for predicting the nature of the invisible mass which SNOLAB scientists are also actively chasing.