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Doina Precup

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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Kate Larson

Vice President, CS-Can|Info-Can
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

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

Treasurer, CS-Can|Info-Can
Faculty of Computer Science

Dalhousie University

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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Yvonne Coady

Secretary, CS-Can|Info-Can
Department of Computer Science

University of Victoria

Dr. Coady is Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Victoria where she works with the MOD(ularity) Squadthe 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.

Mark Green

Past President, CS-Can|Info-Can
Ontario Tech University

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.