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Adele Newton

Executive Director

Adele Newton has developed and managed a broad range of programs and strategic international partnerships in the university, technology and not-for-profit sectors across Canada, within North America and in Africa, Europe and China. Her career has focused on connecting diverse partners from technology, science and the arts to work together on exciting and innovative projects.

Adele is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and is active in the community as co-founder and VP of Programming and Community Relations of LAUNCH Waterloo, a member of the Board of Directors of the Waterloo Region Chapter of Women in Communications and Technology, and founder of Wise Women Waterloo.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Doina Precup (McGill University)
President

Doina Precup holds a Canada Research Chair, Tier I in Machine Learning at McGill University is Research Team Lead at DeepMind AI Research Lab Montreal and Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Dr. Precup’s research interests are in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning, with emphasis on reinforcement learning, deep learning, time series analysis, and various applications of these methods. She is a Senior Member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

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Mark Green (Ontario Tech University)

Past President

The focus of Dr. Green’s research has been the interaction between people and computers and how digital media can be used to communicate between people. He has a strong interest in interactive 3-D graphics and the production of graphics hardware that reproduces all of our visual cues. This has led to research in light field displays and computational holography.

Dr. Green has worked in many different areas including aspects of computer graphics, user interfaces, software engineering and computer security. He established the first Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory in Canada while at the University of Alberta in 1986. This laboratory had the first HMD in Canada along with the first CAVE and also developed the first open source VR package—the MR Toolkit that was distributed to several thousand researchers worldwide.

Research interests include interactive 3D graphics, automatic construction of user interfaces, authoring tools for virtual environments, computer animation, formal design methods for user interfaces, graphics display hardware and VLSI design.

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Kate Larson (University of Waterloo)
Vice-President

Dr. Larson joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor in 2004. She was appointed a University Research Chair in recognition of her outstanding research contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.

Dr. Larson has established a strong international reputation in the field of multi-agent systems, a subfield of artificial intelligence that brings together computer science, mathematics and economics. Her research spans a variety of subtopics in the field, including game-theoretic models of reasoning, voting behaviour, the design of electronic marketplaces, and multi-agent negotiation. She has introduced ideas from game theory, mechanism design, and microeconomics to model and design intelligent systems.

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Stan Matwin (Dalhousie University)
Treasurer

Dr. Matwin started his career as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Warsaw University. He joined University of Guelph in 1977, Acadia University in 1980 and the University of Ottawa in 1981. He was named a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa in 2011 (currently on leave).

Dr. Matwin was responsible for graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Ottawa for many years and established the Graduate Certificate in Electronic Commerce there in 1999. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences as a Professor.

Dr. Matwin has worked at universities in the U.S, Europe, and Latin America. He is recognized internationally for his work in text mining, applications of machine learning, and data privacy and is author and co-author of more than 250 research papers. He is past president of the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC) and of the IFIP Working Group 12.2 (Machine Learning). Stan has significant experience and interest in innovation and technology transfer and is one of the founders of Distil Interactive Inc. and Devera Logic Inc.

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Darcy Benoit (Acadia University)
Director

Darcy Benoit is a Professor in and the Director of the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University. His areas of research include mobile application development, database management systems, and computer science education. An avid supporter educational outreach, Darcy oversees the Acadia Robotics program, a province-wide outreach program that sees approximately 400 students from grades 9-18 compete in two international robot programming competitions. His outreach work resulted in him collaborating with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on the implementation of computer programming in the public school system from grades 7-12. Dr. Benoit is also involved in faculty development research, and is an avid promoter of teaching development, particularly as it pertains to teaching computer science.

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Yvonne Coady (University of Victoria)
Director

Dr. Coady is Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Victoria where she works with the MOD(ularity) Squad—the grooviest gang of students to ever attempt to improve the modularity of system infrastructure software! The group has coauthored over 170 papers and over 40 graduate students have been unleashed on the world.

Current research interests include mixed reality systems, citizen science, advanced modularity across the software stack and distributed clouds, and new programming paradigms and pedagogy for immersive applications.

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Eugene Fiume (University of Toronto / Simon Fraser University)
Director

Eugene Fiume is Professor of Computing Science and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is past Chair of the Department of Computer Science (DCS) at the University of Toronto (UofT), where he continues to supervise students. Dr. Fiume is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Following his B.Math. degree from the University of Waterloo and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow and Maitre Assistant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. With an NSERC University Research Fellowship in 1987, he returned to UofT to a faculty position. He was Associate Director of the Computer Systems Research Institute, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Grenoble, France. He became professor and chair of DCS at UofT in a previous century.

He has been a member of various boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of GMD, (Bonn, Germany) and of the Max Planck Centre for Visual Computing and Communication (Saarbrucken, Germany); the Board of Directors of TrueSpectra Inc. (Toronto), Tucows Inc. (Toronto), and CITO (Ottawa); the Advisory Boards of CastleHill Ventures, PlateSpin, BitFlash, TrueSpectra (acquired by Adobe), OctigaBay Systems (acquired by Cray Systems), NGRAIN Corp., and View22 Technology Inc.; and the Executive Advisory Board of the IBM Lab in Toronto. He is currently on the Technical Advisory Board of TandemLaunch Ventures and Datifex.

He directed the professional Masters of Science in Applied Computing in DCS at UofT. He works with venture capital companies on due diligence and strategy, as well as with legal firms as a domain expert on patent issues. He is co-founder of Jali Research, a facial animation company.

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Evangelos Milios (Dalhousie University)
President

Evangelos Milios has conducted research and published in mobile robotics, computer vision, image databases, and most recently, on web, social network and text mining.

His immediate goal is to increase the profile of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University among potential industrial partners, and promote partnerships between faculty and industry.

Evangelos’ research specialities include machine learning, mining of networked information spaces, personal digital libraries.

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Yasha Pushak (University of British Columbia)
Student Representative

Yasha Pushak is a Phd candidate and Graduate Research Assistant at The University of British Columbia. His primary research interest is in efficiently solving hard computational (often optimisation) problems. With some previous experience in algorithm design, he currently focuses on using principled and empirical techniques to assess and improve the performance of state-of-the-art algorithms through parameter configuration.

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Nadia Tawbi (Université Laval)
Full Professor

Nadia Tawbi completed her doctorate in France at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. She worked in the Bull SA research center in France before coming to Quebec City for a professorship at Laval University. The enormous challenges in IT security have led Dr. Tawbi to take an interest in this field and in particular, language based security.

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Julita Vassileva (University of Saskatchewan)
Director

Julita Vassileva is interested in building successful online communities and social computing applications. These applications depend crucially on user participation and finding ways to stimulate participation is an interdisciplinary area between computer science, social psychology, and economics. Since people are motivated by different things, Dr. Vassileva is particularly interested in personalization approaches that tailor the incentives for users depending on their personal features and the features of their groups / communities. She is also interested in recommending information to users in a way that is understandable and controlled by the user.

Dr. Vassileva is active in promoting the status of women in computer science and in all areas of science and engineering where women are underrepresented. She held the NSERC/Cameco Prairie Chair for Women in Science and Engineering between 2005 and 2011. There are 5 such regional chairs across Canada and the purpose of this Chair is to be a role model and to organize activities to encourage women to pursue studies and careers in science and engineering.

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Carey Williamson (University of Calgary)
Director

Carey Williamson earned a B.Sc. degree (Hons.) in computer science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. Dr. Williamson’s research interests include Internet of Things, TCP/IP, congestion control, wireless networks, network traffic measurement, network simulation, and Web performance.

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