Farhana H. Zulkernine, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor

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

637 Goodwin Hall (Map)
School of Computing, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 2N8
E-mail: farhana@cs.queensu.ca | Tel: (613) 533-6426 | Fax: (613) 533-6513

Program Chair  CFP   2021 IEEE International Conference on Digital Health
Program Co-Chair  CFP   2021 IBM International Conference CASCON X EVOKE

Farhana Zulkernine is an Associate 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 IBM Canada, Gnowit, Calian, Kings Distributed Systems, the Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC), Compute Canada, Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Services Network (CPCSSN), and Queen's School of Medicine, Law, and Business. She has taught a wide number of courses in database management systems, cognitive science and machine learning. Her research has been funded by IBM, CFI, MITACS, NSERC CRD, Discovery and CREATE, OCE VIP, CUTRIC, CIMVHR, SOSCIP and Queen's. She has published in many reputed journals and international conferences and served on a variety of conference program and grant committees as an expert in big data and machine learning.

Academic Curriculum Vitae

Cognitive Science Program:

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Fields of Application

Check the BAM Lab Website for information about open positions.


Fall 2020 Courses
Winter 2021 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.


  1. NSERC CRD (Collaborative Research and Development), 2020
  2. Mitacs Accelerate Grants with CUTRIC and Kings Distributed Systems, 2020
  3. Queen's Research Opportunities Funds (QROF), 2019
  4. New Frontiers in Research Fund (Coinvestigator), 2019
  5. NSERC CREATE (co-PI) on Cybersecurity, 2019
  6. Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), 2019
  7. OCE VIP I, 2018
  8. IBM, Mitacs, and CIMVHR Funding, collaborators: University of Manitoba and University of Toronto, 2018
  9. IBM Centre for Advanced Computing (CAS) research grant, 2018
  10. Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Grant, 2018
  11. NSERC Discovery Grant, 2018
  12. IBM CRDC and SOSCIP (Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform) Funding, collaborator: Gnowit and IBM, 2017
  13. Research Initiation Grant, School of Computing, Queen's University, 2017

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