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October 2014

Mitacs Globalink student contributes to cyber security research in Canada

Kelson Praxedes de Almeida is a cyber superhero of sorts. He dreams of using his ability to write computer code to develop software that can help people and companies live better lives and do good work for society. So a research internship this summer at the University of New Brunswick through Mitacs Globalink was a perfect opportunity to hone his skills in network security analysis with Professor Ali Ghorbani in the Faculty of Computer Science. His research is helping to understand, model and predict large cyber network attacks which have crippled major websites like Facebook, eBay and Amazon.

As a student originally from the Universidade Federal Da Paraíba  in Rio Tinto, Brazil, Kelson thought that coming to Canada for a research internship would be “a good chance to know a beautiful country” while learning about network security through research. He and his Globalink intern colleagues have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity by visiting national parks, exploring the city of Fredericton and even taking part in a few Mitacs Step workshops on effective communication and team work.

Kelson quickly knew that he wanted to come back to UNB for later studies, researching scholarships and admissions requirements with help from his professor. He plans to do his Masters and PhD in Canada, preferably at UNB with Professor Ghorbani through the Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship. The experience he’s had in Fredericton has cultivated a love for Canada’s Atlantic coast: “The opportunity that Mitacs gives us to come here is the perfect way to fall in love with Canada, just like I have!”


Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, the China Scholarship Council, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Sorbonne Universités for their support of Globalink.