Meet SOSCIP’s newest academic member institutions and discover how they plan to access SOSCIP’s resources to make a positive impact.

Committed to graduating students who are ready for the jobs of the future, Seneca College has a reputation of providing experiential training and enriched opportunities for its students and faculty to connect and engage with industry.

Joining SOSCIP in 2015, Seneca College hopes to enhance data science skills for students through integrated collaborative research projects.

“Our students have the skills to meet the demands of today’s job market, and our faculty, by working in collaboration with industry, maintain their currency on industry trends, and are able to bring their learnings back to the classroom to enhance the student learning experience,” said Vanessa Williamson, dean, applied research, Seneca College.

Access to SOSCIP’s advanced computing platforms and exposure to working within SOSCIP’s collaborative R&D projects will support the development of skilled graduates who can actively contribute to the increasingly knowledge-based economy.

Seneca’s students will build foundational skills and provide expertise to a number of sectors, from health, to advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and beyond, in areas such as: text mining; use of machine learning techniques; natural language processing applications; social network; and recommendation systems.

“Canada will need to graduate more students with experience and hands-on training in storing and analyzing large datasets, running computationally intensive applications and performing other important, highly-skilled tasks,” she explained. “Seneca can support all of these goals.”

“Recently, we have been exploring collaborative projects with other SOSCIP member universities and have uncovered many potential synergies where we can leverage the strengths of our undergraduate students with the basic research expertise of a university post-doc. From there, the sky is the limit,” she added.