Computer science professor is named a top young scholar

By Dale Johnson Posted: October 5, 2016 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Sandra Zilles says it’s an honour that her work is being recognized nationally.
Dr. Sandra Zilles says it’s an honour that her work is being recognized nationally. Photo: U of R Photography


A University of Regina computer science professor has been named as one of the top young scholars in Canada.

Dr. Sandra Zilles is one of 80 incoming members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The Society says these new members “represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.”

“It’s a great honour to be elected for membership. It means that my work is being recognized nationally - and it also gives me reassurance that my research and training methods are successful and of impact,” Zilles says.

“I believe this adds to the University of Regina’s reputation as a research institution and reflects positively on my students. I would not have received this recognition without the excellent students I have supervised and co-supervised,” she adds.

A Canada Research Chair in Computational Learning Theory, Zilles was named by the Canadian Association of Computer Science as one of the top three Outstanding Young Computer Science Researchers in the country in 2014.

The Royal Society of Canada, founded in 1882, recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence, advises governments and organizations, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.