School of Computing researchers receive awards at international conferences
By Rosie Hales, Communications Officer
December was a busy month for research teams in the School of Computing, two of which were awarded for their paper submissions from conferences.
Queen’s PhD candidate Sherin Abdel Hamid co-authored a paper with Professors Hossam Hassanein (School of Computing) and Glen Takahara (Mathematics and Statistics) titled “On the Recruitment of Smart Vehicle for Urban Sensing” which won the Best Paper award at the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Symposium.
The Queen’s paper was the only one out of 400 global submissions to earn the honour. The symposium was part of the 2013 IEEE GLOBECOM conference.
"I am so glad for getting the best paper award of the biggest symposium of the GLOBECOM conference, one of the top telecommunication conferences. I feel so motivated to pursue the good work and excel more in my research,” says Miss Abdel Hamid. “Attending the award banquet and GLOBECOM in general was a great opportunity to get introduced to many renowned researchers and professors in my area of expertise. Besides getting the best paper award, I got also a GLOBECOM travel grant award so the recognition and joy were doubled.
Also from the School of Computing, Khalid Elgazzar, a postdoctoral fellow, and his co-authors Professor Patrick Martin and Dr. Hassanein were also selected to receive a best paper runner-up award for their paper, “Empowering Mobile Service Provisioning Through Cloud Assistance.”
The paper was presented at the 6th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing in Dresden, Germany. The paper has also been invited for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.
“Winning a Best Paper Award is a remarkable achievement in itself. The surprise announcement made it even more exciting. I saw my name on the screen before I heard the announcement and I don’t remember how I walked the few steps towards the stage to give a highlight speech about the paper. All I remember is that it was a time of extreme joy and honor,” says Dr. Elgazzar. “The value of this award goes beyond just an award certificate. It reflects the quality of the research and how it is well-recognized by both the research community and industry in one of the flagship conferences in the cloud computing area.”