User:Chris Szalwinski

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Chris Szalwinski
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Occupation Seneca College
School of Information and Communications Technology
Office T2088
Phone 416.491.5050 ext 33634
ICT Home Page
Email chris dot szalwinski at senecacollege dot ca

Chris Szalwinski is a Professor at the School of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) of Seneca College and a scientific researcher in his own right. He teaches C, C++ and Parallel Programming. He has also taught Game Programming (DirectX) and Human Computer Interaction and has published comprehensive web sites that contain his course materials. He currently leads the programming faculty in updating its course material for the C and C++, diploma and degree subjects. He works on soft matter mechanics in his spare time.

In fall 2012, Chris introduced an ICT course in parallel programming on heterogeneous computers using Nvidia's CUDA technology; that is, a course on how to use your desktop as your very own supercomputer. He teaches ICT students to harness the processing power available on today's desktop graphics cards for computing tasks that benefit from high performance hardware. Students who finish this course should find themselves well-positioned to assist employers and clients in solving embarrassingly data-parallel programming problems.

This winter (2014), Chris is teaching an intermediate successor course for those students who wish to specialize in the modern field of parallel computing. This new course covers a variety of parallel algorithms and platforms.

Chris is interested in supervising applied research initiatives in data-parallel programming that provide students who have completed his courses with opportunities to apply and refine their skill set by working as research assistants on heterogeneous applications. He is interested in joint collaboration with academia, business, and industry on research projects that will advance the state of this technology and better prepare his students for the challenges and opportunities that are arising in the field of accelerated computing.


Before joining Seneca College, Chris incorporated cutting-edge software within engineering firms and government departments and introduced cutting-edge technology into graduate programs at several top-tier academic institutions.

Chris maintains a personal interest, outside his Seneca College duties, in developing and modelling constitutive relations for soft granular matter. He believes that this is a fascinating, emerging field, which presents numerous opportunities for innovative programming.



ICT Courses Taught

IPC144 - Introduction to Programming Using C

Further information: IPC144 Web Site

OOP244 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Using C++

Further information: OOP244 Web Site

OOP344 - Object-Oriented Programming Using C++

Further information: OOP344 Web Site

BTP100 - Programming Fundamentals Using C

Further information: BTP100 Web Site

BTP200 - The Object-Oriented Paradigm using C++

Further information: BTP200 Web Site

BTP300 - Object-Oriented Software Development I - C++

Further information: BTP300 Web Site BTP300 Wiki

BTH740 - Human Computer Interaction

Further information: BTH740 Web Site BTH740 Wiki

GAM666, DPS901 - Introduction to 3D Game Programming

Further information: GAM666 and DPS901 Web Site GAM666 and DPS901 Wiki

GAM670, DPS905 - 3D Game Programming Techniques

Further information: GAM670 and DPS905 Web Site GAM670 and DPS905 Wiki

GPU610, DPS915 - Introduction to Parallel Programming

Further information: GPU610 and DPS915 Web Site GPU610 and DPS915 Wiki

Applied Research

General Interests

  • heterogeneous computing (CPU + GPU) for scientific applications
  • joint collaborations with academia, business, and industry

Domain Expertise

  • mathematical applications
numerical methods
direct solution techniques (frontal)
  • scientific and engineering applications
non-linear finite elements
elasto-plastic constitutive relations
friction and partial-slip in contact problems
  • game programming
instructional frameworks
  • GPU programming


External links


  • ---- (2013). Programming Computers Using C. Seneca College. June 2014 Edition.
  • ---- (2013). Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Using C++11. Seneca College November 2013 Edition.
  • Anastasiade, J., and ---- (2010). Building Computer-Based Tutors to Help Learners Solve Ill-Structured Problems. In Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. pp.3726-3732.
  • ---- (2010). Introduction to C++ for C Programmers. Seneca College 889000191647.
  • ---- (1983). Flexibility of a contact area of an isotropic elastic body, Journal of Applied Mechanics 52, 62.
  • ---- (1983). The particle stress tensor, Geotechnique 33, 181.


  • ---- (1984). The Frontal Solution Technique - University of Cambridge, England
  • ---- (1976). Engineering Approximations: the finite element method in structural mechanics - University of Toronto

Applications Software

For Structural Engineers
  • ---- (1989). TIMECOST - Time-keeping, job-costing, client-billing accounting package - dBase IV
  • ---- (1987). SLABDESN - Reinforced concrete slab analysis and design program
  • ---- (1985). FRANV4 - Elastic analysis of hi-rise structures with many degrees of freedom
  • ---- (1976). PRSN - Properties of irregular sections with shear center
  • ---- (1975). LLOAD - Live load reduction program for structural engineers
  • ---- (1974). CONCBM - Analysis, design and detailing of reinforced concrete beams
  • ---- (1972). EARQ - Earthquake analysis for structural engineers
  • ---- (1972). DEFLCTN - Long-term deflections of reinforced concrete beams
For Research Engineers and Academia
  • ---- (1974). FRONTAL - A software library for efficient solution of symmetric systems of element based simultaneous equations
  • ---- (1976). FEASVOMO - Finite Element Framework for developing and testing new and innovative elements
  • ---- (1983). FEASAS - Finite Element System for the analysis of reinforced earth embankments
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