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All of the latest news about each of the projects produced by the CIC including the perspectives from the students who help produce them.

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  • UBC-led research team finds nine new coronavirus species

    UBC-led research team finds nine new coronavirus species

    A former UBC post-doctoral research fellow led an international research team in re-analyzing all public RNA sequencing data to uncover almost ten times more RNA viruses than were previously known, including several new species of coronaviruses in some unexpected places. Working with the UBC Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre, the Serratus Project was able to build a “ridiculously powerful” supercomputer on AWS equivalent in power to 22,500 CPUs, said Babaian.

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  • Preventing the next pandemic: How researchers analyze millions of genomic datasets with AWS

    Preventing the next pandemic: How researchers analyze millions of genomic datasets with AWS

    Driven by the urgent necessity to prevent another global pandemic, the team at the UBC CIC collaborated with computational virologists to create Serratus, an open-science viral discovery platform to transform the field of genomics—built on the massive computational power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

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  • Amazon Is Powering The Coronavirus Diagnostics Of The Future

    Amazon Is Powering The Coronavirus Diagnostics Of The Future

    The lung scans of coronavirus patients coming out of Wuhan, China had the tell-tale signs of infection. Three researchers, who had previously worked together on an artificial intelligence model trained on chest x-rays, had a plan to “use AI to empower physicians across the world in helping combat this disease (Covid-19)” and the project took off from there. Support for the project comes from the University of British Columbia Cloud Innovation Center and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

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Projects
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  • Your Voice Is Power: Spring 2022 Winners

    After several months of competition, the winners for Your Voice Is Power, Spring 2022, have been announced. Congratulations to students Bryce Watt and Miyuki Dryer and to our winning teacher, Ms. Anna Alfano.

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  • Your Voice Is Power: A new curriculum and competition combining computer science, Indigenous music, and social justice.

    Your Voice Is Power is a new curriculum and competition for students between grades 7 to 12 that provides an opportunity to learn about coding and social justice through music. Students will be able to turn code into music by using beats provided by three Indigenous artists and EarSketch, a free online code editor. Starting today until May 31, 2022, students will be able to develop and submit their unique songs to the competition.

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  • Leading edge tool captures data in real time to better inform care for those with Autism Spectrum Condition

    Through data capture technology, the tool empowers caregivers with a way to collect, store and track personalized information in real-time about their loved ones.

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Student Blog Posts
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  • Using Amazon Chime and SIP Media Applications to improve emergency communications in rural areas

    Using Amazon Chime and SIP Media Applications to improve emergency communications in rural areas

    Using Amazon Chime and SIP Media Applications to improve emergency communications in rural areas By Trevor Flanigan Working on STARS was a great learning experience for me. It was the first project that I built using AWS, and I had so much support from the members of the FLASH and Chime teams, as well as […]

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  • The student perspective – Neelim Novo

    The student perspective – Neelim Novo

    The student perspective – Neelim Novo I have been working as a student developer at the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre since January 2021. While I may have started off with no experience in Cloud Computing, I was soon able to work on a project leveraging over 13 different Amazon Web Services […]

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  • The student perspective – Edward Chen

    The student perspective – Edward Chen

    The student perspective – Edward Chen I have been a developer intern at UBC CIC since January 2021. Before starting, I was feeling both excited and a little anxious about the challenges here because there were a lot of firsts. For instance, this was my first internship, my first time working remotely, my first time […]

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  • The student perspective: Working in the Cloud Innovation Centre – Nicole Pereyaslavsky

    The student perspective: Working in the Cloud Innovation Centre – Nicole Pereyaslavsky

    The student perspective: Working in the Cloud Innovation Centre – Nicole Pereyaslavsky In January 2020, I was hired as one of the first co-op students at the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) in the role of Project Assistant. As you may expect, 2020 created unexpected challenges for us. We had officially […]

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Newsletter
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  • UBC CIC Summer 2021 Newsletter

    UBC CIC Summer 2021 Newsletter

    Welcome to the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre’s (UBC CIC) quarterly newsletter. Over the past few months, the Centre has been collaborating with community sponsors on a variety of challenges, some of which you can read about below. Three of these projects came about because of the pandemic (People Density Meter, Open Virome and Vaccine Distribution), two provide additional tools to emergency operators and/or first responders, and one is focused on providing better tools to health care providers (Antimicrobial Dashboard).

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  • UBC CIC Winter 2021 Newsletter

    UBC CIC Winter 2021 Newsletter

    Welcome to the first issue of the CIC (“kick”) newsletter. We learned a lot this first year of operation, pivoting quickly to virtual engagements in response to the pandemic. We accepted twenty-six challenges and published seven technical prototypes. In this newsletter, you will read about some of the projects we have completed.

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