Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Jason Jaskolka
Jason Jaskolka is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the McMaster University Centre for Software Certification in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering in 2015, his M.A.Sc. in Software Engineering in 2010, and his B.Eng. in Software Engineering and Game Design in 2009, each from McMaster University. During his graduate studies, Jason held an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS D). Jason is currently enrolled in the Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Intern Program (PEO EIT) and is also a member of the ACM and IEEE. His primary research interest is in the modelling and analysis of covert communication channels. His other research interests include information security, behaviour and knowledge in multi-agent systems, and algebraic approaches to software engineering.
Jason Jaskolka grew up in the small hamlet of Sherkston, Ontario situated on the north shores of Lake Erie. From an early age, Jason had an inquisitive mind and had an interest in science and technology. He was a diligent student with a strong initiative and learning independence, consistently achieving top grades throughout all levels of school.
Jason developed his interest and passion for information technology and computing while in high school. This led him to pursue the study of Software Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After completing his second year of undergraduate studies, Jason experienced a co-op term working with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). Working as an Engineering Systems Assistant, Jason managed the MTO Registry, Appraisal, and Qualification (RAQS) system. His duties also included developing business requirements for system enhancements and testing and verifying software modules.
Jason’s attraction and orientation to research began after his third year of undergraduate studies when he was awarded and NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). He spent a summer working on a research project related to the verification of confidentiality policies in cryptographic protocols. It was after this experience, that Jason decided to continue his education and pursue graduate studies upon the completion of his undergraduate degree.
Jason earned an M.A.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering from McMaster University. His dissertation research was in the area of information security and focussed on the preservation of information confidentiality. Specifically, it examined the specification of distributed systems of communicating agents and the formal verification of the necessary conditions for the existence of covert channels. During his graduate studies, Jason received a number of awards and accolades including an NSERC CGS M (2009), an NSERC PGS D (2012), the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research (2012), and the McMaster Student Union (MSU) Teaching Assistant Merit Award (2013).
Upon completing his Ph.D., Jason undertook a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He worked on a research project related to applying software engineering architectural design patterns to systematically guide the design and development of maintainable, extendable, and reusable ontologies. He has since taken a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at McMaster University, and is a member of the McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert) embedded software team for the Leadership in Automotive Powertrain (LEAP) project. He is currently working on a variety of research projects related to software engineering and model-based development for real-world problems in the automative domain. His work entails collaboration with an industrial partner on the modelling and optimisation of hybrid electric vehicle systems.