CS-Can|Info-Can will be running elections for its Board of Directors during the month of August, 2021.
Every individual member will receive a ballot on Monday August 9, with a deadline to vote for two Board positions.
Each department head will receive an additional ballot to vote for one Board position, referred to as a departmental position.
Information about candidates is listed below and will accompany the ballots.
The elections will run from Monday August 9 to Tuesday August 31.
CS-Can|Info-Can is pleased to announce that Marc Frappier, Université de Sherbrooke, has been acclaimed to the position of President of the Board of Directors.
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.
Professor Frappier took a lead role in the formation of a Coalition for the Future of Informatics, which included all computer science departments and key IT industry/professional associations in Quebec. This coalition was established to convey the computer science community’s important concerns about Bill n° 29, which was introduced in June, 2019 in Quebec, to amend the Engineers Act and posed major concerns for many IT stakeholders, and would have set a dangerous precedent for the Canadian IT academia and industry. The coalition succeeded in convincing the Quebec government to amend Bill 29 and remove IT activities from its scope. Professor Frappier was also a member of the first NSERC Computer Science Liaison Committee from 2011 to 2016, which lead to the creation of CS-Can/Info-Can. He served on the NSERC discovery grant selection committee from 2005 to 2008, and chaired the committee in 2007-2008. He was first vice-president of the professor’s union at Université de Sherbrooke from 2015 to 2019. He serves on the University Board since 2020. He is also a member of the Banff International Research Station Scientific Advisory Board. He is an active member of several international conference program committees in formal methods.
2021 Board Candidate Bio Statements
Rozita Dara, University of Guelph
Dr. Rozita Dara is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, University of Guelph. She has established an interdisciplinary research program that cuts across artificial intelligence, data governance and information privacy with a focus on applications such as the IoT and digital agri-food systems. Dr. Dara has trained more than 50 HQP and has built collaborative partnership with industry and government. Since joining the University, she has been instrumental in spearheading many initiatives in the area of artificial intelligence, privacy, and digital agriculture including leading the construction of a platform for management and governance of research data generated at the Ontario agricultural research centers to name one.
I would like to nominate myself to join the CS-Can|Info-Can Board of Directors. I am very enthusiastic to assist CS-Can|Info-Can to chart the next phase of excellence in computer science education and research in Canada. I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to train individuals who become lifetime (self) learners and also to provide them with interdisciplinary skills to succeed in various aspects of life. To this end, I can participate and assist in efforts that help foster new and interdisciplinary research, graduate, and undergraduate programs in areas such as cybersecurity, ethical and responsible AI/automated systems, and agri-food and health systems. I plan to do this in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. Nurturing inclusion and diversity is another aspect that I am very passionate about. I have been an avid promoter of diversity in STEM, especially women in computer science. As a testament to my efforts to promote diversity, I have had the privilege of training 4 talented female PhD students, 4 female MSc students, and 11 members of visible minorities in computational sciences in the past 5 years.
Bethany Edmunds, Northeastern University
Dr. Bethany Edmunds is recognized leader in Computer Science and STEM education within North America. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University and is currently Director of Computer Science and Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s newly opened Vancouver campus. Bethany is passionate about breaking down barriers to create greater diversity, access, and inclusivity within the technology community. Dr. Edmunds has been named one of BC Business’s Most Influential Women in STEM, Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40, and YWCA’s Women of Distinction and currently serves as Vice President of the Women in Machine Learning Board of Directors.
My interest in serving on the CS-Can | Info-Can’s Board of directors comes from my belief in the strength of Canada’s post-secondary computer science programs and the opportunities that could come out of further cooperation. There are amazing industry collaborations, inclusivity efforts, educational offerings, research innovations, and governmental partnerships from which all Canadian universities can learn, through working together and sharing best practices. Over the course of my career as Associate Dean of Computing at BCIT, co-organizer of several women-in-computing research events, Vice President of the Women in Machine Learning Board, and now Director of Computer Science at Northeastern University’s Vancouver campus, I have continually sought out ways to collaborate with industry, educational institutions, and government to advance opportunities for computer science research and education, especially for women and other under-represented groups. I hope to further this work as a member of the CS-CAN | Info-Can board.
Anwar Haque, Western University
Dr. Anwar Haque is an Assistant. Prof. of Computer Science at Western. He serves as Industry Expert in Residence in the Faculty of Science, member of the Western University Senate, and, before joining Western, was Assoc. Director at Bell Canada. He is emerging as a leader in next-generation network resources/ performance management and cyber-security research, focusing on smart services and applications. Dr. Haque is a proven champion of Canadian industry-academia partnerships. His leadership has assisted Western in establishing a 5G research centre and an industry consortium to promote and support smart systems and digital services research at Western.
I am a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. Before joining Western in 2016, I worked at Bell Canada for fifteen years in various technical and leadership roles. At Western, I serve as the Industry Expert in Residence in the Faculty of Science, member of the Senate, and several departmental, faculty, and university level committees, including the inaugural advisory committee for the newly established Bell-Western 5G research centre. For more than a decade, my effort and leadership in promoting high-value research projects partnering with industry, Universities, and Govt agencies led to many industry-academia success stories. I believe that CS-Can | Info-Can, as our national Computer Science academic association, should develop a strategic partnership with the ICT industry that would bring benefits to our members. My unique mix of industry-academia experience and industry networks will assist the CS-Can|Info-Can to establish and develop this critical partnership. I am committed to bringing unique experiences and new perspectives to the board to strengthen CS-Can’s leadership position significantly! Please vote for me to bring impactful changes to CS-Can | Info-Can’s that promotes sustainable and mutually beneficial industry partnerships aligned with CS-Can | Info-Can’s vision and principles!
Cinda Heeren, University of British Columbia
Cinda Heeren is a professor of teaching and the associate head of undergraduate programs in the UBC department of computer science, where she teaches primarily within the theory stream of courses. She chairs the CS department’s Committee on Outreach, Diversity, and Equity, and she advocates for inclusive pedagogy and content across the curriculum. She recently created a new data structures and algorithms course for non-CS majors that weaves together art, science, and classic results from computing.
I love computer science. I love the expressive elegance of computing languages, I love the many, sometimes surprising, connections to mathematics, I love the wizardry in controlling the behavior of a machine, I love that the field of computer science changes quickly and continuously, and I love that computing applications can be used to improve the world. I love it all, and so of course, I want to remove all the barriers preventing others from loving it, too!!
In my many years of activism and evangelism around broadening participation in our field I have finally found the holy grail: the one most important lesson I’ve learned is that THERE IS NO HOLY GRAIL. Cultural and institutional change is earnest, creative, persistent, collaborative work along every conceivable axis. (It turns out the holy grail is really just a coffee cup.) It requires conversation and thoughtful engagement in every context — workplaces, classrooms, and especially within the meeting rooms where policies are decided. As a member of the CS-Can board, I promise to listen, and listen more, and to brainstorm with colleagues around our shared values of diversity and inclusion.
Ting Hu, Queens University
Dr. Ting Hu is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, Queen’s University. Dr. Hu received her PhD in Computer Science from Memorial University and postdoctoral training from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Her research is focused on machine learning methodology design and their applications in biomedicine. Dr Hu has published more than 80 papers in journals and international conferences in the fields of AI and bioinformatics. She edited 7 conference proceedings and 6 journal special issues. Dr. Hu is a member of the NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group and was invited to serve as a section chair.
My last travel before the pandemic was to give a workshop speech at Michigan State University. I spoke about how my research on ML helped my collaborators from medicine to discover new insights into human diseases. After my talk, a female Ph.D. student came to me and asked, please tell me how to get where you are because I want to be you. That was the best compliment I have ever received, being seen as a role model by a passionate young female scientist in the male-dominated field of computer science. I believe computer science is the most powerful tool for shaping our future and making our society better. Over the years as a researcher and an educator, I have put my greatest effort into conducting inclusive research, inspiring young minds, and fostering a learning environment for students where pushing boundaries is encouraged and everyone’s differences are admired. I am very excited to learn about the open board positions at CS-Can and would like to contribute and help make a difference. I am eager to work with Canadian researchers, academics, students, industry, and government to help create a brighter future for computer science research, innovation, and education.
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.
CS-CAN/INFO-CAN has established itself as an excellent representation of Academic Computer Science in Canada. In order to support its mission in terms of research, education, policy making, and industry outreach, it will need a diverse Board covering a wide range of expertise, interests, and geographic activity as to develop new ideas and put them into practice. As (soon former) Director of the School of Computer Science at a research intensive university, I am particularly interested in CS-CAN/INFO-CAN playing an important role in providing input to the federal and provincial funding agencies, to promote the importance of computer science research, and to intensify outreach to industry in order to help academic research making it into made-in-Canada products.
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.
As a member of the Awards Board, I was in awe of my Canadian colleagues nominated for the Early Career Research and Lifetime Achievement Awards. I would love to work on honoring many more colleagues with awards that focus on different aspects of being a faculty member e.g., teaching innovations, service to the community. The COVID pandemic provides the latest evidence on the importance of interdisciplinary work. Computer science education needs to take into consideration that many important problems require interdisciplinarity and trans disciplinarity. I would be honored to work with the community on opportunities and challenges.
Tokunbo Makanju, New York Institute of Technology
Tokunbo Makanju is an Assistant Dean with the College of Electrical Engineering and Computing Sciences at the Vancouver Campus of New York Institute of Technology (New York Tech). He has held several positions prior to working with New York Tech, including Post-Doctoral researcher with IBM/CIVDDD in Toronto and Research Engineer with the Cybersecurity Lab at KDDI Research Inc. in Japan. KDDI Research Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KDDI Inc., the second largest telecommunications provider in Japan. His research interests exist at the intersection of Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Network Management and Cybersecurity. A member of IEEE and ACM, Dr. Makanju is a 2013 IEEE Doctoral Dissertation award recipient.
As a faculty member of a small Canadian university with a US-based parent, who has several years of working with industry on three continents, I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the CS-Can/Info-Can board. Canada remains one of the most connected countries in the world. This means that information and communication technologies play a major role in our lives. With CS-Can/Info-Can I hope to make an impact on society by ensuring excellence in computer science education and research while fostering a harmonious relationship between society and technology.
Naouel Moha, École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) – Université du Québec
Naouel Moha is professor in the Department of Software Engineering and Information Technology at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal since September 2020. She was before professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal from 2010 to 2020. She has done a postdoctoral fellowship at INRIA and she obtained her PhD from the University of Montreal. She works in the field of software engineering and her research interests include software quality, maintenance and evolution. She has published numerous papers in international conferences and journals. She is also actively involved in engaging women in computing.
It is with great interest and motivation that I present my application for the individual position of the CS-Can/Info-Can board of directors. CS-Can/Info-Can is well recognized nationally for its activities and outreach programs in computer science. Its growth and reputation have made it the leading organization in computer science across the country. I humbly believe that I can contribute positively to CS-Can/Info-Can by bringing my expertise in research, teaching and community services, and thus contribute to the success of CS-Can/Info-Can. Also, as a professor in one of the best engineering schools in Canada, I feel confident to represent well Quebec and Francophone institutions within the organization. Furthermore, I am in a good position to develop new industrial collaborations because of the privileged relationship that ÉTS has with industry. Being a woman in computing, I am sensitive and committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). In 2017, I organized, for the first time in Québec, the ACM Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC), which brought together nearly 600 participants and 30 industry sponsors. I would like to conclude by emphasizing my keen interest in being part of CS-Can/Info-Can and in participating actively in its growth and development.
Arya Rahgozar, University of Ottawa
Arya Rahgozar is a Part-time Professor and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa. He received his Ph.D. in DTI from the University of Ottawa, specializing in Natural Language Processing, specifically in multi-lingual semantic text classification and clustering. Arya obtained his Masters from the University of Waterloo in Management Sciences, specialized in Process Modelling with Temporal Event Predictions. Arya has over 15 years of industrial experience as an analytics manager, team leader and Principal Data Scientist in banking, credit risk, marketing, healthcare, insurance and retail. Arya has worked both for the Canadian private sector and the government.
My mission is to promote the applications of machine learning and natural language processing in family medicine and health education. I’d voice the ethical concerns and help govern and establish policies around the use of machine learning in a fair and unbiased manner in Canada. I will facilitate the collaborations with key organizations from industry, academia to be the most productive and efficient. My research will inform the optimal educational policies in relation with machine learning, natural language processing in a variety of industrial domains such as healthcare, banking, transportation and supply chain.
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.
I have had many experiences over my career which give me a deep understanding of the academic, research, funding, entrepreneurial, and political landscape of Canadian Computing Science. As Chair of the Computing Science Department I interacted with many of the major CS departments in Canada. As Dean of the Faculty of Science, I gained an appreciation for how CS stands nationally, and the competitive challenges our community faces. I have been active in serving on academic-related boards. In the area of high-performance computing, I am a co-founder, co-applicant, and former Board member of WestGrid and Compute Canada. In networking, I served on the Boards of CANARIE and Cybera (Alberta). I am a co-founder and former Board member of AMII, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, one of the three nationally funded AI centers. My current startup company, Onlea (onlea.org – six years and counting), builds engaging online learning experiences. Thus, I have extensive knowledge of the online space, especially important in these pandemic times. I believe in community service. With my major University of Alberta administrative commitments at an end, I would be delighted and honored to serve on the CS-Can|Info-Can Board.
Jacqueline Smith, University of Toronto
Jacqueline Smith is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Her primary interests are the design and teaching of introductory Computer Science courses, especially to non-majors; working with new faculty and teaching assistants to help them develop their teaching skills; and building and supporting inclusive teaching and learning communities in Computer Science. She is engaged in the Computer Science Education research community, and presents her work regularly at Canadian and international conferences.
I am deeply committed to making Computer Science available and welcoming to all interested students, and I believe that teaching plays a critical role in achieving this goal. Since joining the University of Toronto in 2015, I have been working to build teaching and learning communities in the Department of Computer Science, and to create opportunities for faculty to learn and share knowledge about teaching. As a board member, I would be interested in expanding the role CS-Can/Info-Can plays in facilitating pedagogical knowledge sharing between faculty, especially with respect to undergraduate teaching. I believe that CS-Can/Info-Can is well-positioned to provide tools and support to faculty in creating teaching and learning environments that support the success of all students in institutions across the country. A first step would be to create a Community of Practice for CS faculty to come together and connect on particular topics related to teaching.
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