Dr. Ken Edgecombe

Director, Cognitive Development Hub

(613) 533-6000 x78257
Cell: (613) 484-9956

Dr. Edgecombe holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Dalhousie University. His research interests have ranged from drug design, protein structure, and solid state calculations to the application of topology to chemical systems (and other areas) and the understanding of basic atomic and molecular structure. He is an inventor with 2 patents and an author of 24 refereed publications, two of which are widely used in textbooks to illustrate concepts and another cited over 2700 times in refereed publications.

After holding teaching and research positions at Queen’s University from 1988 to 1995, he joined IBM North America as the Program Manager of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the Scientific and Technical Systems and Solutions group. Since 1997 he has helped build the Centre for Advanced Computing (formerly HPCVL) into a $200M innovative research environment. HPCVL was selected by Backbone magazine in March 2013 as one of the “Best 10 Research Facilities” in Canada.

His current interests include extending what is called the computing “cloud” to research needing secure High Performance Research Computing, long-term and archival storage and access to digital research data. He has served on numerous committees including the National Initiatives Committee of Compute Canada and the Ontario HPC Council. In 2009 he served as Conference Chair for the High Performance Computing Symposium 2009 and in 2010 he was named the Carl C. Coffin Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University. In 2013 and 2014, he also organized and chaired the symposium Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research. He is currently a member of the Board of Indoc Research and a part of the Indoc Consortium management team, who are responsible for developing Brain-CODE.


M.Sc. Theoretical Chemistry
Ph.D. Theoretical Chemistry