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The School of Computing and Academic Studies provides leadership in both practical and theoretical issues involving technology, science, and society. Our cross-disciplinary faculty are engaged in cutting-edge applied research, with a unique and expanding mandate of solving real-world problems while also envisioning tomorrow’s solutions today.


The department includes over 20 computer scientists and engineers with varied backgrounds in industry and research. Subject matter expertise includes data communications and networking, intelligent systems, virtualization in education, information systems, algorithms and computer science education.

Active research faculty

Current active researchers include:

  • Dr. Michal Aibin, eHealth, optimization, deep learning. Visit Michal’s research site. Companies with R&D projects may wish to contact Michal to discuss possible NSERC Alliance Grants
  • Dr. Tejinder Randhawa: Wireless networks, ad hoc networks, distributed systems.
  • Dr. Aaron Hunter: Intelligent systems, information security. Visit Aaron’s research site.
  • Dr. Borna Noureddin: Biomedical computing, assistive technologies.
  • Dr. Mirela Gutica: Development of mathematics educational software for grade 5/6 elementary students, based on intelligent tutors (incorporating user’s emotional state).


Active research faculty

  • Patrick Neal: Information sharing, open source intelligence gathering and analysis, knowledge management, and organizational learning.  Patrick is the coordinator of the Crime and Intelligence Analysis lab.
  • Dr. Joe Ilsever: Statistical business modelling.

Current expertise supports projects in the following areas:

  • Developing analysis and intelligence capabilities of justice and public safety agencies within several security and forensic models (CPTED, economic crime, cybercrime, forensic health sciences, DNA analysis, human identification, computer crime, IT security, intelligence led policing, business & competitive intelligence).
  • Research and developing curriculum which enhances the competencies and skills of analytical teams and personnel with a focus on technology utilization.
  • Supporting research strategies which enable capacity building in organizations to identify, collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence products.
  • Research the role of data mining, big data, Smarter Planet integrated data projects, predictive analytics and futures scenerio planning within the context of enhancing community well-being through integrated data management.
  • Forensic video and digital evidence.
  • Exploring the intersecting of business, environment, health, public safety, public policy, justice, and other agencies as a collaborative environment.


The department includes 18 engineers, physicists, chemists and mathematicians with varied research and consulting potential. Areas of expertise include: mathematical educational software (Algebra Coach), mathematical biology, Mobius, statistical modelling, physical modelling, quantum field theory, robotics, remote sensing, and computer science.

Active research faculty

  • Dr. David Holloway: Quantitative Developmental Biology, plant shape development, robustness in embryonic development. Visit David’s research website.
  • Dr. Takashi Nakamura: statistical modelling, physical modelling, quantum field theory.
  • Dr. Scott Hagan: high school and post secondary mathematics education and development, liaison for Building Better Math project.


There is a wide range of expertise in the physics department gleaned from past experience in both academia and in industry. This combination of experience is one of BCIT’s primary strengths and contributes enormous value to our students who pursue training through us. Expertise includes: astronomical expertise (analysis of images from the Hubble Space Telescope); atomic, molecular, and optical physics; instrumentation, sensors, and control; computer programming and technology; geophysics and mining engineering; physics of radiation; plasma physics; nuclear medicine imaging (SPECT and PET); nuclear, radiation and detector physics and instrumentation; medical image reconstruction; medical imaging using X-rays, including Computed Tomography; and electro-optical engineering.

Liberal Studies

Key themes of interest

Cognitive science, ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy and technology, logic, media and cultural studies, social impact of technology, inter-cultural studies.

For more information

BCIT staff can be reached through our contacts database, or email Aaron Hunter, SoCAS Research Committee Co-Chair.