Ryerson Faculty of Science - 5th Anniversary - 16
attributes his success
to working alongside
"My top priority was to
do good research, and
Ryerson made it very
easy to focus on that."
PHOTO BY DENISE NGUYEN
Faculty of Science
FORMER STUDENT ADAM HARLEY (MSc '16), says
for him teaching was part of the appeal with
Ryerson's Department of Computer Science.
"I chose Ryerson because of Kosta Derpanis.
He is a serious researcher and a great teacher,
and I wanted to learn from him."
In Harley's view, Dr. Kosta Derpanis,
a Ryerson professor and noted expert in
computer vision, exemplifies the faculty's
mission of teaching excellence. "His continued
trust and support helped me navigate through
many difficult aspects of my thesis work."
At Ryerson, he also got the tools and
funding he needed for his complex research,
adds Harley. "For computer vision there are
quite a lot of technical demands." Supervised
by Derpanis, he soon found that his master's
thesis work - advancing vision capabilities
of deep learning machines - was garnering
recognition. Harley's research, for example,
was referenced in Popular Science magazine
and his overall achievements also earned him
the Ryerson Gold Medal in 2016.
Finally, he experienced two phenomenal
international opportunities while at Ryerson.
Thanks to a Mitacs-Globalink research award,
Harley conducted a large part of his research
at a computer vision lab in France. He then
travelled to Puerto Rico to the International
Conference on Learning Representations to
present his thesis research.
Currently pursuing a PhD at the Robotics
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, Pa., Harley says Derpanis - and
Ryerson - helped him turn his research plans