Dr. Robert Beiko is a professor and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. Through its fundamental research and industry partnerships in data analytics, visualization, and network security, CS is an becoming a leader in the digital ocean economy. Building on its existing base of principal investigators and trainees, the Faculty is launching new infrastructure initiatives that are tailored to the needs of the emerging and established ocean companies.
Computer Science also plays host to ShiftKey Labs, an ICT Sandbox that provides mentorship to young entrepreneurs who wish to augment their technical expertise with business skills that enable them to create the next generation of startups.
Rob is a professor with over fifteen years’ experience in developing algorithms and machine-learning tools for the analysis of large genomic data sets. He has applied these tools to fundamental questions of biodiversity, and to specific areas of application in ocean genomics, genomics-enabled selective breeding, probiotics, and antimicrobial resistance. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie, a PhD in Biology from the University of Ottawa, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland before rejoining Dalhousie as a Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics. Rob’s research is fueled by his trainees, who have backgrounds in Computer Science, Biology, and Mathematics and Statistics.