Farhana H. Zulkernine, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor

Director, Bigdata Analytics and Management (BAM) Laboratory
Coordinator and Advisor, Cognitive Science Program

756 Goodwin Hall (Map)
School of Computing, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
E-mail: farhana@cs.queensu.ca | Tel: (613) 533-6426 | Fax: (613) 533-6513

Farhana Zulkernine is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Cognitive Science program at the School of Computing at Queen's University. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the School of Computing at Queen's University and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. She has more than 15 years of international work experience in three continents in software design, analysis and research. As a researcher she has worked with CA Technologies, IBM Canada, SAP Germany and Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Italy. Her research interests include service and cloud computing, big data analytics and management, and cognitive computing. She has ongoing research collaborations with the Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) and Compute Canada, Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Services Network (CPCSSN) and the Queen's School of Medicine. She has taught a wide number of courses in database management systems, cognitive science and machine learning.

Cognitive Science Program:

Important Information

Research Interests:

Machine Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cognitive Computing
Cloud Computing, Services Computing

Check the BAM Lab Website for information about open positions.


Fall 2017 Courses
Winter 2018 Courses
Previously Taught Courses


  1. Post-doctoral Fellowship award, IBM Canada Research and Development Center (CRDC) and Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP), 2012.
  2. NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship award (declined to accept the IBM/SOSCIP award), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research, 2012.
  3. NSERC Industrial Research and Discovery Fellowship (IRDF) award, pre-approved, NSERC, 2012.
  4. MITACS Elevate Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship award, MITACS and CA Technologies, 2010.
  5. NSERC Visiting Fellowship (VF) award, nominated, NSERC, 2010.
  6. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) - Professional Outreach Award, 2008.
  7. Best Paper Award, IEEE SOCNE 07 Workshop at IEEE AINA, 2007, Niagara, Canada.
  8. Nokia Student Travel Award, IEEE International Conference on AINA, 2007.
  9. Talent Pool Scholarship, Bangladesh Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, for excellence in academic performance, 1988-1993.


  1. IBM CRDC and SOSCIP (Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform) Funding, collaborator: Gnowit and IBM, July 2017, project: A Multilevel Streaming Data Analytics Infrastructure for Predictive Analytics.
  2. IBM and CIMVHR Funding, collaborators: University of Manitoba and University of Toronto, August 2017, project: Defining Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Primary Care Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Data to Explore Prevalence, Patient Characteristics and Primary Care Experiences of Veterans, Families of Military Service Members and the General Population.
  3. Research Initiation Grant, School of Computing, Queen's University, January 2017, project: Management and Analytics of Big Data

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