Dr. Daniel Silver

Biography / January 13, 2014

Dr. Daniel Silver, Professor in the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 14 Software Engineering Squadron, Greenwood, NS in December 2013.

Honorary Colonel Silver was born in Halifax and is a graduate of Acadia University (B.Sc), St. Mary’s University (CIM) and the University of Western Ontario (M.Sc, Ph.D.). Prior to undertaking postgraduate studies in 1992, he worked for 13 years on software development projects in government and industry.  Before his appointment at Acadia he was a Research Associate to the Killam Chair in Business Informatics at Dalhousie University, where he now holds an Adjunct Position in Computer Science.

Since his arrival at Acadia in 1999, Honorary Colonel Silver has taught courses in machine learning, data mining, robotics, e-commerce, software engineering, and the impact of computers on society and our environment. His research focuses on machine learning, data mining and intelligent systems.  Dr. Silver is widely published with 60 scientific papers and he has co-chaired or co-organized a number of workshops, seminars and conferences. He has held a number of NSERC, NRC and industry-academic research grants and most recently received a Harrison McCain Foundation Award for research into advance machine learning methods.  He is currently leading an effort to create an Institute for Data Analytics at Acadia.

Honorary Colonel Silver was Director of the School of Computer Science, at Acadia University from 2007-2013, President of Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association from 2007-2009, Chair of the Outreach Committee for Canadian Association of Computer Science from 2011-13, and currently a member of Computer Science Accreditation Council of Canada.  In 2005, Dr. Silver founded the Acadian University Robot Programming Competitions that annually engages ~400 students in information technology, science, and teamwork across the province of Nova Scotia.  In 2011, he received the Science Champion Award from the Nova Scotia Discovery Center for his work on youth robotics and the advancement of computer science and STEM education. 

Since 1993, Dr. Silver has operated a consulting business, CogNova Technologies, that offers services in the areas of machine learning and data mining.  Honorary Colonel Silver and his family reside in Canning, NS.

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