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Honours and Awards

2011
  • Congratulations to Emily Tsang and Jimmy Li for being awarded honorable mention by the Computing Research Association for their achievements in undergraduate research this year. This is a great honor, and they are in a cohort of honorees from some of the best schools in North America, in addition to McGill. These include Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Columbia and Princeton. Many (in fact, most) other top schools did not get a student into this list at all. Click here for the Outstanding Researcher Awards Listing.

2010
  • Graduate student Barthélémy Dagenais and professor Martin Robillard received an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award for their paper "Creating and Evolving Developer Documentation: Understanding the Decisions of Open Source Contributors", presented at FSE 2010

  • Le prix Acfas – J.-Armand-Bombardier 2010 pour l’innovation technologique est remis à Gregory Dudek, directeur de l’École des sciences informatiques de l’Université McGill. Click here for more details.

  • McGill's team placed second at the CS Games, a competition for undergraduate students from across North America.The competition involved 27 teams from 20 different universities. The topics ranged over artificial intelligence, extreme programming, debugging and operations research among others.

2009
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2006
  • Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert and Patrick Donovan received honorable mentions in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Awards.

  • Undergraduate student Patrick Donovan took first prize in the mathematical and computational sciences category at the 2006 McGill Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

  • McGill was one of 12 university partners to receive the 2006 Leo Derikx Award, a special Synergy Award named after the former director general of research partnerships at NSERC. Click here to read more about it.

  • Samuli Heilala received the Governor-General's Silver Medal, one of the most prestigious awards for a graduating student.

  • Leonid Chindelevitch, a graduating Joint Honours Mathematics and Computer Science student, was the recipient of the Lt. Governor-General of Quebec Award this year. The prize recognizes an undergraduate in the top 5% of his or her class who has made outstanding contributions to the community.

  • Prof. Laurie Hendren is the 2005-06 winner of the Leo Yaffe Award for superior teaching at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Science.

  • Prof. Mathieu Blanchette is the 2006 recipient of the Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology.

2005
  • Doctoral student Peter Savadjiev won a best student paper award at MICCAI 2005 for his paper "3D Curve Inference for Diffusion MRI Regularization", co-authored by post-doctoral fellow Jennifer Campbell, Bruce Pike and Kaleem Siddiqi.
  • Chris Hundt was a finalist in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Awards.
  • Prof. Martin Robillard won an international research award, the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award for the paper "Automatic Generation of Suggestions for Program Investigation" presented at the European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2005). These awards go to the best papers of a few highly-selective conferences. For more information, click here.
  • Prof. Luc Devroye has been awarded one of Canada's most distinguished annual awards for career achievements, the Killam Prize!
  • Prof. Kaleem Siddiqi has been awarded a William Dawson Chair.
  • Prof. Patrick Hayden has been awarded a Canada Research Chair.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Vida Dujmovic, Ph.D. with Honours in CS, 2004. She has been awarded one of two NSERC Doctoral prizes for the best thesis in Computer and Engineering Sciences. Vida's thesis was supervised by Prof. Sue Whitesides.
2004
  • Prof. Luc Devroye was awarded a Senior Humboldt Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This award is presented for "outstanding and internationally recognized scholars of all disciplines and nationalities".
  • Prof. Mathieu Blanchette has been awarded an FQRNT programme strategique award. This is a 5 year salary award given by the Quebec Govt. in recognition of excellence in research.
  • Emeritus Professor Chris Paige has received the B. Bolzano Honorary Medal for Merit in the Mathematical Sciences (August 23, 2004). This medal is awarded by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and 40 such medals have been awarded since the establishment of this honour in 1965. Some previous recipients from the USA have been Gene Golub (1994), Juris Hartmanis (1995), and Dana Scott (2001). Professor Paige is the first Canadian to receive this award.
  • Prof. Mike Langer was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 1st Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (May, 2004).
2002
  • Prof. Luc Devroye has been awarded a James McGill Chair.
  • Prof. Greg Dudek has been awarded a William Dawson Chair.
  • Prof. Jörg Kienzle has been awarded the Prix ABB en technologie d'information et d'automatisation. This award is given every other year for an innovative Ph.D. thesis in computer science, microengineering or telecommunications at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.
  • Prof. David Bryant has been awarded an FCAR programme strategique award. This is a 5 year salary award given by the Quebec Govt. in recognition of excellence in research.
2001
  • Prof. Denis Thérien has been awarded a James McGill Chair.
  • Prof. Bruce Reed has been awarded a Senior Canada Research Chair.
  • Prof. Michael Hallett was awarded an FCAR programme strategique award. This is a 5 year salary award given by the Quebec Govt. in recognition of excellence in research.
2000
  • Prof. Denis Thérien was awarded a Senior Humboldt Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This award is presented for "outstanding and internationally recognized scholars of all disciplines and nationalities".
  • Prof. Godfried Toussaint has won the 2000-2001 David Thomson Award for excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching at McGill University.
  • Prof. Kaleem Siddiqi was awarded an FCAR programme strategique award. This is a 5 year salary award given by the Quebec Govt. in recognition of excellence in research.
1998
  • Prof. Prakash Panangaden has won the 1998-99 Leo Yaffe Award, awarded each year to one member of the Faculty of Science. The award recognizes his commitment to teaching, his dedication to improving the CS curriculum, and his devotion to his students.
  • The Mobile Robotics Lab of McGill University won the AAAI '98 Robot Competition: Object Recognition Category.
  • Sebastien Loiselle, Patrick Lam and Alexandru Ghitza finished 17th out of 54 in the 1998 ACM Computer Programming Competition World Finals.