Dr. Esma Aimeur
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Operations Research University of Montréal

Esma Aïmeur is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the University of Montreal. She received her Ph.D. Degree from University of Paris 6 in the field of Artificial Intelligence. She was the head of the Computer Science division of the multidisciplinary Masters Program in Electronic Commerce at the University of Montreal. She has been working with her team on computer privacy for more than 15 years. She is interested in privacy-enhancing technologies in different settings, such as social networks, electronic commerce and e-learning. She also works on privacy-preserving data mining and the protection of personal data (identity theft, information disclosure, profiling and re-identification). She was appointed a member of the Data Protection Advisory Committee of University of Montreal. Her responsibilities include helping to improve policies and decision making in security awareness by providing best practices to protect personal data.


Dr. Ashutosh Bagchi
Professor, Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, Montréal

Dr. Bagchi is Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, Montreal. His research interests include Structural Dynamics and Earthquake engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Infrastructure Rehabilitation, Finite and Boundary Element Methods, and Computer Aided Design and Engineering. Dr. Bagchi has industrial experience in both Civil Engineering and Information Technology. He has received a number of prestigious awards including the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Moreover, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and affiliated to CSCE, ASCE, CAEE, and ISHMII. He has authored/coauthored more than fifty articles in technical journals and conferences, two patent applications, and a number of technical reports for academia and industry.


Dr. Benoit Barbeau
Professor, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal

Dr. Barbeau is a Professor in Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (PM) and the senior chair holder of the NSERC-IRC on Drinking Water at PM. He is also the director of CREDEAU, a multi-university research infrastructure consortium dedicated to the development of innovative water and biosolid treatment processes. For over a decade, he served as a member of the Quebec Committee in charge of validating municipal drinking water technologies. He also prepared many guidance manuals for the Quebec Ministry of Environment, including the GWUDI protocol, chapters of the Quebec Design Guidance Manuals, etc. He leads various collaborative projects on manganese removal in groundwater as well as micro-pollutants and organic matter reductions in surface waters. The expertise of Prof. Barbeau embraces various processes such as oxidation (O3, KMn, C, AOP, etc.), adsorption (IX, GAC, PAC), membrane separation (MF, UF, NF), coagulation/settling/granular media filtration, biological treatment (especially BAC filtration) & catalytic oxidation.


Dr. Raimondo Betti
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University

In 1991, after receiving his PhD from the University of Southern California, Dr. Betti joined the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor. In 1998, he was promoted to Associate Professor and, in 2002, to Full Professor. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Chairman of the Department.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Transportation Science and Engineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.  Since 2006, Dr. Betti has served as expert advisor for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

In 1995, Dr. Betti received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and, in 1997, the Foreign Specialist Award from the Public Work Research Institute in Japan.  For his teaching at Columbia he received, in 1996, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Great Teacher Award in 2000.

Dr. Betti’s research interests are in the area of structural health monitoring, ranging from the development of identification algorithms to corrosion monitoring in main cables of suspension bridges. He is the author of over 150 publications and has been invited to many national and international conferences.


Dr. Amrita Daftary
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University

Dr. Daftary is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University, and holds an Adjunct appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is an expert in qualitative research and the social and behavioral contexts of tuberculosis, particularly drug-resistant TB, and TB-HIV coinfection in resource-limited settings. She has over 10 years’ experience using qualitative methods to study the social and behavioural contexts of HIV and tuberculosis in resource limited settings, and vulnerable populations in Canada.


Mr. Reza Mohammadi Ghazi
PhD Candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Reza Mohammadi Ghazi received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 2009 and 2011. He joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012 and he is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in structural engineering. His background is in applied mathematics, structural control and health monitoring. His research interest includes statistical signal processing, statistical learning, inference, and uncertainty quantification with applications to structural dynamics problems, developing cyber-physical systems, and smart environments.


Dr. James-A Goulet
Assistant Professor in Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal

Dr. Goulet is an Assistant Professor in Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal. His research focuses on Machine Learning Methods for Civil Engineering applications such as structural health monitoring (SHM), infrastructure maintenance, soil contamination characterization and probabilistic material models.


Dr. Patrick Levallois
Medical Advisor for Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Dr. Levallois is currently acting as Medical Advisor for the  (Institut national de santé publique du Québec) in several environmental areas, including water. He leads the Water Scientific Group of the Institute. He is provincial service head at the Public Health Department of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec and teaches Epidemiology and Environmental Health as a professor at the Laval University Social and Preventative Medicine Department. His research focuses on the impact of environmental contamination on human health. In particular, it conducts research on the effects of microbiological and chemical contamination of drinking water.


Dr. S. Samuel Li
Professor, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University

Dr. Li joined the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2007, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. He has a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (the Norwegian Institute of Technology) for research on modelling density-stratified flow. Prior to joining the department, he was an Instructor at the University of British Columbia, where his primary area of teaching and research was Hydrotechnical Engineering, in particular river hydraulics, sediment transport, density-stratified flow and water-ice interaction. His previous work included six years of post Ph.D. industrial experience (Seaconsult in British Columbia and Oceanor in Norway) in environmental hydraulics models, river and coastal simulations, water quality assessments and turbulent mixing theories. Dr. Li is a licensed Professional Engineer (British Columbia), a member of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.


Dr. Arash Rahmatian
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology at University of Houston-Downtown

Dr. Rahmatian is an Assistant Professor and program coordinator of structural engineering program in Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology at University of Houston-Downtown, USA and director of ACI chapter of Houston. He is committee member and reviewer of several associations and technical journals. In addition, he is a structural engineer with more than 18 years’ experience in teaching, field, design and management. Possessing a comprehensive knowledge of designing and developing projects to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. His research encompasses Fatigue analysis, Structural Health Monitoring of FRP-RC beams under different weathering and serviceability state study, and application of sensor in concrete girders and strain monitoring. His latest research is about safe zone in flood granted by mayor of Houston.


Dr. Nicolas Saunier
Associate Professor in Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal

Dr. Saunier has an engineering degree and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in computer science from Telecom ParisTech (2005). He worked for four years at the French institute of science and technology for transport (IFSTTAR) for his doctorate, then for four years as postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of British Columbia (UBC) with Prof. Tarek Sayed. He has spent a four-months sabbatical in 2015 in the Road and Transport Department of Lund University. He has been hired in 2009 at the Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering Department of Polytechnique Montréal and is currently an associate professor in Transportation Engineering. His interests include intelligent transportation, road safety, and data science for transportation (data collection, storage, processing, analysis (machine learning), and visualization).

His research has been funded by public and private sources, prominently the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Transport Québec (MTMDET), the Québec for Research on Nature and Technology (FRQNT), the City of Montréal and WSP Canada.

He is a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and co-heads its ITS lab. He is also a member of Prof. Catherine Morency’s research Chair on the evaluation and implementation of sustainability in transportation (MOBILITÉ Chair) and of three Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees: Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (ABJ70), Committee on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation (ANB20) and Pedestrian Committee (ANF10).


Mr. Wissam Shaar
MBA, Mcgill University

Mr. Shaar’s experience encompasses several disciplines and roles in start-ups and small businesses. After a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and four years of employment, he teamed up with a group of partners who started DC PRO, an internationally recognized engineering firm that has successfully executed projects in more than 16 countries in the fields of energy and infrastructure. After completing his MBA at McGill University in 2012, Mr. Shaar launched S2M Consulting, a small management consulting firm in Canada that focuses on helping entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Aboriginal Communities. Mr. Shaar has worked with international companies around the world, and that helped him develop extensive technical and managerial skills. His MBA compliments his experience with interpersonal and leadership skills that are necessary for success in today’s business world.