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Science Homecoming Events, 2020

While we’re not gathering for Homecoming in person this year, we’re excited to spend time with you virtually. Join the virtual #WesternHoco celebration this year to connect!

October 17: Financial Wellness Lab Improving the Financial Resilience of Canadians

October 17, 8 am | Virtual Event through Zoom

The Dean of Science, Matt Davison invites you to join our Faculty of Science Research Talk with Associate Professor Cristian Bravo Roman, Canada Research Chair in Banking and Insurance Analytics. This session will be a 20-minute talk followed by a 10 minute Q&A.

This talk will present the newly created Financial Wellness Lab, a collaboration between Western, Wilfrid Laurier University, the Canadian Payroll Association, and several other leading Canadian financial companies. During the talk, we will showcase how the Financial Wellness Research Lab is leveraging big data, analytics, and financial modelling to improve the Financial Wellness and Resiliency of Canadians.

Panelists for the Q&A will include Cristian Bravo, Dean Matt Davison, and Kristina Sendova, Chair of the Statistical and Actuarial Sciences Department.

October 17: Space Talks

October 17, 1 pm | Virtual Event through Zoom

The 1-hour session will be comprised of two 20 minute talks followed by 10 minute Q&A sessions. The Space talks include:

  • Dr. Jan Cami: Are We Alone? The Search for Life in the Universe
  • Dr. Catherine Neish: Dragonfly Project: A Rotorcraft Lander at Titan

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Science Homecoming Event 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined our celebrations at the Grad Club as part of the Western Homecoming festivities.

Check out our photo album on Flickr!

Science Homecoming Event 2018

Thank you to so many of our Science Alumni from Applied Math, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences for joining us at HOCO 2018. A great time was had by all! We look forward to hosting you again next year! See the HOCO in SCIENCE 2018 album here.

October 18 2018: 9th Annual Biology Graduate Research Forum

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2018
Time: 5:45 pm
Location: Physics and Astronomy Building Room 148, Western University

Further Details:

Joint he 9th Annual Biology Graduate Research Forum for their Keynote Presentation featuring alumna Fardausi (Shathi) Akhter, who is now at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

For more information, click here.

October 20 2018: Science BBQ with Rick McGhie

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Grad Club, Middlesex College, Western University

Further Details:

Join Faculty of Science alumni, friends, family, faculty, staff and students at this popular annual event. Meet the new Dean of Science, Dr. Matt Davison.

Tickets are $5 per person (to be paid at the door), and include a BBQ lunch and complimentary soft drinks. Vegetarian option available. Entertainment will be provided by Rick McGhie.

Complimentary parking in the Middlesex Lot.

For more information, visit the Western Connect Alumni Page.

October 20 2018: Chemistry Alumni Social

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Chemistry Lounge, Chemistry Building

Further Details: 

The Department of Chemistry invites alumni to stop by and meet with faculty and students. Take a tour to see a newly renovated research lab. 

Coffee and tea available.

For more information, visit the Western Connect Alumni Page. 

Fallona Family Showcase

2018 Fallona Family Research Showcase

Join us for a celebration of outstanding interdisciplinary research. The 2018 Fallona Family Research Showcase is your opportunity to re-engage with the research community at Western University. By highlighting recent research achievements, this event allows you to explore potential new collaborations with research colleagues across Science and Engineering and beyond the campus gates with industry, government and alumni guests.

The showcase will be held on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm in the atrium of the Physics and Astronomy Building. A detailed agenda can be found here.

This year, Dr. Raquel Urtasun, Head of Uber ATG Toronto, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision at the University of Toronto will be our keynote speaker and recipient of the Fallona Family Research Award. A full biography is available below.

Poster presentations on the cutting-edge interdisciplinary research being conducted by the Faculties of Science and Engineering will be presented throughout the day.

The poster presentation registration deadline is April 5, 2018. Prizes will be presented to the top three posters.

A select group of students will also be invited to deliver a five-minute oral presentation during the main speaking portion of the event. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please be sure to complete and submit the registration form no later than March 30. You will be contacted during the first week of April if you are chosen to deliver an oral presentation.


Dr. Raquel Urtasun

Images of Dr. Raquel Urtasun and autonomous vechiles

Images of Dr. Raquel Urtasun and autonomous vehicles .

Raquel Urtasun is the Head of Uber ATG Toronto. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision and a co-founder of the Vector Institute for AI. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), an academic computer science institute affiliated with the University of Chicago. She was also a visiting professor at ETH Zurich during the spring semester of 2010. She received her Bachelors degree from Universidad Publica de Navarra in 2000, her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science department at Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2006 and did her postdoc at MIT and UC Berkeley. She is a world leading expert in machine perception for self-driving cars. Her research interests include machine learning, computer vision, robotics and remote sensing. Her lab was selected as an NVIDIA NVAIL lab. She is a recipient of an NSERC EWR Steacie Award, an NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Award, a Ministry of Education and Innovation Early Researcher Award, three Google Faculty Research Awards, an Amazon Faculty Research Award, a Connaught New Researcher Award and two Best Paper Runner up Prize awarded at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in 2013 and 2017 respectively. She is also an Editor of the International Journal in Computer Vision (IJCV) and has served as Area Chair of multiple machine learning and vision conferences (i.e., NIPS, UAI, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, ECCV).