Hugues Bersini is Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and co-director of the IRIDIA laboratory. He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Science. Hugues Bersini teaches Artificial Intelligence, Object-Oriented technologies (UML, Design Patterns, Java, .Net, …) and Web Programming (Django/Python) both for academics and for entreprises. As a pionneer in the exploitation of biological metaphors for engineering and cognitive sciences such as artificial immune systems, he is also interested in data mining algorithms, simulations of biological networks and pioneering studies on complex chemical systems.
Gheorghe Comanici is a Software Developer at Google, working in the Montreal office on using machine intelligence to make Chrome products faster and more accessible. He is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. In the period 2008-2016, he has been a member of the Reasoning and Learning Lab, co-directed by leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence. As a graduate student, he assisted in course design and teaching of AI and Algorithms Courses. He joined Google after obtaining his Ph.D. degree for work on representation discovery schemes for Markov Decision Processes. The later is a mathematical framework widely used in sequential decision making problems. He has a strong desire to diversify the tech community. He has been actively engaged with Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre and KidsCodeJeunesse, institutions that provide young students with proper tools to appreciate technology and its progress.
With more than 20 years’ experience in 3D and interactivity, Eric co-founded and managed SoftKinetic’s development work since 2003. In October 2015 Sony recognized this unique technology and business growth and acquired SoftKinetic. In his role of CMO, he is responsible for SoftKinetic business development, user experience, marketing and communication. SoftKinetic is born as an R&D project within his previous venture, 72dpi, a developer of 3D technologies for the web, broadcast and live interactive experiences. At the beginning of his career, Eric launched the 3D modeling and rendering studios for Belgium’s most famous architectural firm. Eric graduated from the Victor Horta Architecture Institute in Brussels.
Engineer in industrial computer science, Guillaume Chicoisne quickly joined the world of artificial intelligence and computer science, where he develops a strong interest for collaborative approaches between humans and machines, each working in his own field of expertise. After a few years exploring human-machine interactions, as well as virtual communities and new media, he moved to Canada and became coordinator at the Cognitive Sciences Institute in Montreal. Guillaume used this 10-year experience to develop his expertise on collaborative approaches, as he learned how to make linguists, psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers and specialists in neurosciences collaborate. He recently joined IVADO as the scientific program director.
Dr. Jeff Goldstein MD, MS is the senior healthcare consultant and clinical subject matter expert for IBM’s Watson Health Consultancy practice. With a professional career spanning over 3 decades. He has worked with hospitals, networks, and health systems around the world to reach their clinical, operational and financial goals through the use of advanced analytics based on clinical, operational and financial data.
His experience encompasses serving as Medical Director, CIO, and principal consultant to government healthcare agencies. He has served as a clinical advisor to hospitals, government agencies, research institutions and technology providers to develop approaches that translated into practical and viable solutions to improve quality, safety and efficiency of care.
Dr. Goldstein received his medical training at the Faculté de Médecine François Rabelais in Tours, France and completed his Family Practice Residency at SUNY Stony Brook – Glen Cove Hospital. He also holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. His current interests focus on Precision Medicine, Value-based Care, and Population Health.
Catherine Mathys has been a columnist and presenter for more than twelve years. She specializes in the coverage and analysis of digital transformations. More specifically, she is interested in looking at our relationship with technology and its impact on our everyday life. Holding a Master’s degree in Communications, her thesis addressed the complex role of technology in the work and identity building process of journalists. Every Saturday, she hosts the La Sphere radio program with Matthieu Dugual on ICI Radio-Canada. She is part of the M.Net team with Denis Talbot at Musique Plus. Catherine is also a lecturer at UQAM where she teaches « History of digital transformation, communication and media technologies ». Finally, you can read her column Famille compte triple on the new web magazine Planète F.