Marc Frappier

Marc Frappier

President, CS-Can|Info-Can
Université de Sherbrooke

Marc Frappier is a professor of software engineering in the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Sherbrooke. His research interests focus on the formal specification, synthesis, and construction of software and its application to security and model-based testing. He has published more than a hundred papers in international journals and conferences, and co-edited two books. Before joining the University of Sherbrooke, he has worked for over five years in industry, as a consultant, senior analyst, and project manager for several companies. He the first recipient of the CS-Can/Info-Can Distinguished Service Award in 2019.

Department Representatives

Hanan Lutfiyya

Hanan Lutfiyya

Western University

Dr. Hanan Lutfiyya is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Western University. Her research interests include systems and service management, smart grids and software engineering. She has served as department chair, member of NSERC DG and NSERC Strategic Networks panels, member and chair of NSERC SGP, general co-Chair of the 2019 International Conference on Network and Service Management, TPC co-chair for several conferences, member of the Awards board for CS-Can|Info-Can, and Chief Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. She hosted the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing and has supported initiatives at Western to support groups for women across campus interested in technology.

Bettina Kemme

Bettina Kemme

McGill University

Bettina Kemme joined McGill University in 2000. Her research interests are large-scale data management, cloud computing, developing distributed compute platforms and the algorithms that control them. Her research is highly student focused and her lab has trained over hundred undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Kemme has served as program co-chair, track-chair and committee member for numerous conferences in the area of database systems and distributed systems, and was General Chair of several conferences. She has been the Director of the School of Computer Science at McGill University from 2016 to 2021.

Joanne Atlee

Joanne Atlee

Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

Dr. Joanne Atlee is a Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where she is the Director of Women in Computer Science and was the founding Director for the Software Engineering program. She was the General Chair for the 41st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’19). She served on the ACM SIGSOFT Executive Committee and is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 2.9 on Software Requirements Engineering. She serves on the editorial boards of Software and Systems Modelling, and Requirements Engineering Journal. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

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Darcy Benoit

Jodrey School of Computer Science
Acadia University

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 of 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.

Nadia Tawbi

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Laval University

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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Doina Precup

Former President, CS-Can|Info-Can
McGill University

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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Evangelos Milios

University Research Professor & Scientific Director of DeepSense
Dalhousie University

Evangelos Milios has conducted research and published in mobile robotics, computer vision, image databases, and most recently, on the 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 specialties include machine learning, mining of networked information spaces, personal digital libraries.

Individual Members

Kelly Lyons

Kelly Lyons

Faculty of Information
University of Toronto

Dr. Kelly Lyons is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, cross appointed to the Department of Computer Science. Her current research interests include service science, knowledge mobilization, data science, and social media. Kelly has co‐authored several papers, served in conference leadership roles, given many keynote and invited presentations, and co‐chaired several workshops. She has received funding from NSERC, the GRAND NCE, and several industry partners. Previously, she served as a Member‐ at‐Large of on the ACM Council and the ACM‐W Executive Council. Kelly has led several initiatives that promote Women in Technology.

Nur Zincir-Heywood

Nur Zincir-Heywood

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University

Nur Zincir-Heywood is a Full Professor of Computer Science, Dalhousie University. Her research interests include machine learning for networks, services and cybersecurity. She is a past member and chair of NSERC SPG and DG as well as a past member of RTI and CRD Committees. Her publications received an h-index of 32, and i10-index of 105. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management and is the General Co-Chair of the International Conference on Network and Service Management 2020. She is a recipient of the 2017 DNS Women Leaders in the Digital Economy Award.

Jonathan Schaeffer

Jonathan Schaeffer

University of Alberta

Jonathan Schaeffer has been at the University of Alberta for over 36 years. He served as Vice Provost for four years and Dean of Science for six years. His research is in artificial intelligence, and he is well-known for using games as his experimental research testbed. He has supervised 75 graduate students.

Jonathan is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta, Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is honored to have received the 2020 CS-Can Lifetime Achievement Award.

Student Representative

Maram Assi

Maram Assi

Student Board Member, CS-Can|Info-Can
School of Computing
Queen’s University

Maram is working towards a PhD in Computer Science at Queen’s University, with interest in Software engineering and Machine Learning. She is collaborating with IBM Centre for Advanced Studies to bring practical benefits to the industry by optimizing the work of practitioners.

Currently at Queen’s, she serves as the program chair of the CSearch conference, as the computing department steward union representative and as a Lead, Include and Transform facilitator, advocate of equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Maram worked for five years in international companies as software developer and analyst. She received her BS(2014) and MS(2018) from the Lebanese American University.