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LIAKM Project Management

The Laboratory for Information Analysis and Knowledge Mobilization is managed day-to-day by a Director and Administrator and by a robust committees structure with distinct and complementary functions. The Steering Committee regularly and routinely monitors LIAKM projects and helps manage the overall roles of LIAKM. The Industrial Advisory Council, composed of industrial and governmental advisors, and provides LIAKM with the valuable link to the business and government communities working with University technology transfer offices and LIAKM contributing partners. University Technology Transfer Offices are responsible for the licensing and the transfer of technologies from Campus and LIAKM to the commercial sector. The offices protect and manage the intellectual property (receive technology disclosures) developed by faculty members, students, other researchers and technologists. The Research Management Committee provides academic leadership and critical assessment of research by regularly reviewing LIAKM project progress, entertaining new project proposals and winding down non-productive projects. The Committee of Wise Persons provides LIAKM with internationally known, well-informed, erudite, prudent wise and trusted guides and advisors.


Management Unit


Meeting Frequency


Day-to-day administration


Steering Committee

Monitor projects, manage roles

Twice a month

Industrial Advisory Council

Provide advice to researchers and promote technology transfer


Technology Transfer Offices

Manage Intellectual Property

Ongoing and as needed

Research Management Committee

Reviewing projects, entertaining new projects, winding down projects

4-6 times yearly

Committee of Wise People

Advice and guidance internationally

1-2 times yearly

Figure. LIAKM Management Structure.

Details of Management are provided below:

Director and Administrator

The Director and Administrator will oversee LIAKM and the implementation of LIAKM projects. The Director will work closely and directly with the committees: the Steering Committee, Research Management Committee, the Industrial Advisory Council and the Committee of Wise Persons.

The Director will have the responsibility for overall direction and operation of LIAKM, aided by the Administrator. Together they will ensure optimal use of the funding, investigate additional funding sources to support LIAKM researchers, and liaise with VP Research/ Office of Research Services across the four institutions, and develop further the common research questions, methodologies, and models for industry and community partnerships that founding members have begun to formulate across our disciplines and institutions; facilitate knowledge transfer to the industry sector and to the public; and foster consistent exchanges among LIAKM members so as to rigorously define and update the scope of the LIAKM as technologies evolve. The Director and Administrator will be in close contact through regularly occurring informal meetings, and will meet formally at least once every week.

Reporting to the Director will be the Project and Technical Manager. The Project Manager will be a full-time position located at York. A project of the proposed size and complexity requires active financial and administrative management. The Project Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operational aspects of the project. The Project Manager will manage the project budget and assist with personnel, facilities management, and coordination of researchers. The Technical Manager will assist with personnel, facilities management, coordination of researchers, and linkages to technology management and commercialization. The managers will liaise on a regular basis to ensure the efficient integration of research at the four sites and with industry partners to ensure that they are well-informed of research progress. With the Director and Administrator, the Project and Technical Manager will oversee the initial implementation of the ORF-RE project, and subsequently provide administrative assistance with grant management and reporting, and technical assistance and support.

The researchers who lead each of the laboratory spaces in LIAKM have day-to-day responsibility for decision-making and operation of their facilities, including normal service and maintenance requirements.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is made up of two of the three principal investigators (PIs) and one elected member of LIAKM who provide guidance on key issues such as LIAKM policy and objectives, budgetary control, marketing strategy, resource allocation, and decisions involving large expenditures. If the Director is one of the three PIs, the Director will not be a member of the Steering Committee.

Industrial Advisory Council

The Industrial Advisory Council provides the LIAKM with a valuable link to the science & engineering, business, humanities, social science, arts and government communities. It (tele-)meets on a regular basis, normally quarterly, to discuss the activities, programs, and needs of LIAKM and provides LIAKM with advice on how the goals of LIAKM might be accomplished. Its membership will serve:

  • To provide advice to LIAKM on meeting the needs of academic, government and business communities.
  • To advise LIAKM on matters relating tothe programs of LIAKM.
  • To provide LIAKM with feedback on those programs.
  • To raise the profile of LIAKM in theacademic, government and business communities.
  • To provide contacts for LIAKM researchand internship placements.
  • To provide feedback on possible newprograms and directions for LIAKM.
  • To provide faculty and students with aninsight into the outside community.
  • To assist LIAKM generally in achieving its objectives.
  • To advise on policy decisions at LIAKM.
  • To monitor and engage in formativeevaluation of LIAKM’s programs.
  • To communicate on the status of ongoingprojects
  • To incubate new project ideas

In selecting appointees, the LIAKM administration will consult with the membership and Vice-President Research & Innovation or equivalents at all four participating institutions and will strive to maintain a membership of individuals committed to the University's goals in research, teaching and learning. Members shall serve three-year terms that may be renewed for one consecutive additional term. Details on membership, meetings, working groups, policies and so on are yet to be determined.

The Council will take into consideration:

  1. The growth of interdisciplinary, newly emerging areas of research, and changes within disciplines;
  2. Mechanisms for enabling appropriatecomplementarities between themes, reducing unnecessary overlaps in purview of themes;
  3. Differences in culture and practices(methodological approaches, indicators for assessing performance, quality and impact of research, funding philosophies and patterns) among the disciplines and research areas;
  4. The need to maintain credibility, integrityand transparency in all LIAKM activities.

The Council will have 8-10 members. Members will have broad perspectives, which may come from holding senior positions as researchers, policy makers or administrators within Canadian or foreign universities, granting agencies, government departments or in the private sector. They should be familiar with the main issues facing information research, its impact and the way it is being organized and carried out. Council members will not represent their own institutions. Rather, they will use their broadly-based experience on behalf of LIAKM and its goals.

Partially populated Advisory Council:

Don Aldridge, General Manager Research & Life Sciences, IBM Canada Ltd.,

Don joined IBM in the fall of 1984 and has held a number of technical, sales and management positions. Most of his career has been spent working with higher education institutions. He introduced the “ThinkPad University” student mobile computing program in Canada in the early 1990s. In 2003, he established a Life Sciences unit in Canada, working with medical researchers in universities and research hospitals across the country. Don is currently responsible for research relationships with Canadian universities, focusing on collaboration between IBM’s scientific organizations and the academic community. He serves on the board of several university based programs. He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering 1982 and an MBA in 1984 from Queen’s University.

John Kornatowski, CEO Empress Software Inc.

An alumnus of the University of Toronto and the Harvard Graduate School of Business, John Kornatowski co-developed one of the first commercially available relational database management systems, Empress. He founded Empress Software Inc. in 1979, and since then has been directly responsible for the strategic and long-range planning of the company's product development, sales, and marketing efforts. The Empress Database is targeted towards embedded and real-time technologies, and is integrated into a variety of applications that include, but are not limited to: medical systems, geographical information systems, telecommunications, and banking. He has established operations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and continues to expand the reach of his business.

Having authored and co-authored over thirty papers on relational database and other computer topics, he is no stranger to academic research. Lately he has lent his efforts to support a number of academic projects whose applications of his company's software is as varied as that of his customer base. He recognizes the positive impact that the LIAKM has on the research and development of applied computer science, and the causal influence that this consortium of researchers and industry leaders will have on the future progress of technology. He is enthused to be a member of the Advisory Council, and will continue to lend his support to the Laboratory and its goals.

Arvind Gupta, CEO MITACS

Dr. Gupta is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, the European association of theoretical computer science, IEEE, and a Fellow of the Advanced Systems Institute.

He is the CEO and Scientific Director of MITACS, the Mathematics of Information Technology & Complex Systems, based at UBC. MITACS is a federally and provincially funded research network with offices located coast to coast. MITACS brings together academia, industry and the public sector through research and training initiatives to develop cutting edge tools vital to the knowledge-based economy. In 2003, Dr. Gupta spearheaded the creation of MITACS Accelerate, an internship program which provides the opportunity for Canada?s graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to undertake applied research projects in collaboration with companies from coast to coast. Funded by the Government of Canada through the Industrial R&D Internship Program and the provinces, MITACS aims to create more than 1,000 internships across Canada. MITACS also created the Globalink program which fosters research linkages with India?s Institutes of Technology. In the summer of 2009, Globalink brought 17 of India?s top undergraduate science and technology students from the Institutes to British Columbia where they undertook applied research projects with local faculty. In 2010, MITACS Globalink will be piloted in Ontario (50 students), New Brunswick (10 students) and have a second successful year in British Columbia (50 students). For more information, please visit

Dr. Gupta also serves as President of the organizing committee for ICIAM 2011 (The International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics)


Research Management Committee

The Research Management Committee is responsible for providing academic leadership and critical assessment of LIAKM research. In order to carry out this role, the Research Management Committee is expected to:

  1. Establish the academic and researchvision and goals for LIAKM;
  2. Determine and review appropriate researchthemes/projects and cross-project/theme collaborations;Review new research proposals and associated peer review reports and determine which projects to fund and recommend at what dollar level;
  3. Review the operation and progress ofprojects/themes and review applications from existing projects as well as their peer review reports and determine if they should continue.
  4. Through the LIAKM Director, the ResearchManagement Committee is responsible for making recommendations for adjustments to the LIAKM’s Research including adding projects/themes, terminating projects/theme, adding new LIAKM Investigators, allocating and adjusting funds and budgets.
  5. Liaison with other academic, industry andinternational stakeholders involved with the work of LIAKM.

The Research Management Committee will have 9-11 members with at least four elected from LIAKM membership, one from each participating institution. The remaining members will be drawn from the international community based on research and knowledge transfer prominence, and relevance to Ontario. Initial membership will be established by the Director in consultation with the participating institutions. Members will be expected to have broad interdisciplinary perspectives, which may come from holding senior positions as researchers, policy makers or research administrators.

Partially populated Research Management Committee:

Stephen Perelgut, IBM Canada University Relations Manager

Jiming Liu, Chair Professor in Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

Jiming Liu is Chair Professor in Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). He was Professor and Director of School of Computer Science at University of Windsor, Canada. Prof. Liu received B.Sc. from East China Normal University, Shanghai, M.A. from Concordia University, and M.Eng. andPh.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal. Before 1994, he held full-time R&D positions at Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), Virtual Prototypes Inc. (VPI), and Knowledge Engineering Tech. Inc. in Canada.

Prof. Liu's current research focuses on Complex Systems Modeling, Complex Networks, Web Intelligence, and Multi-Agent Autonomy Oriented Computing (AOC). He has contributed to the scientific literature in those areas. Prof. Liu received the President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work at HKBU in 2007, and was named 2011 IEEE Fellow for contributions to Web Intelligence and Multi-Agent Autonomy Oriented Computing.

Prof. Liu has served as Editor-in-Chief of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B, and Computational Intelligence, Editorial Board Member of several international journals. He is Chair of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics and Co-Director of Web Intelligence Consortium.

Xiaohua (Tony) Hu, Professor at the College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel

Xiaohua (Tony) Hu is a full professor and the founding director of the data mining and bioinformatics lab at the College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University.  He joined Drexel University in 2002, was early tenured/promoted to be an associate professor in 2007, and early promoted to be a full professor in 2011.  He founded the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics (SCI indexed) in 2006, International Journal of Granular Computing, Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems in 2008. Earlier, he worked as a research scientist in the world-leading R&D centers such as Nortel Research Center, and Verizon Lab (the former GTE labs). In 2001, he founded the DMW Software in Silicon Valley, California. He has a lot of experience and expertise to convert original ideas into research prototypes, and eventually into commercial products, many of his research ideas have been integrated into commercial products and applications in data mining fraud detection, database marketing.  Tony’s current research interests are in data/text/web mining, bioinformatics, information retrieval and information extraction, social network analysis, healthcare informatics, rough set theory and application. He has published more than 210 peer-reviewed research papers in various journals, conferences and books.  He has obtained more than US$6.5 million research grants in the past 7 years as PI or Co-PI (PI of 5 NSF grants in the last 6 years). He has graduated 7 Ph.D. students from 2006 to 2011 and is currently supervising 11 Ph.D. students.

Howard J. Hamilton, Professor of Computer Science, University of Regina.

Howard J. Hamilton is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Regina, Regina, Canada, where he has served since 1991. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computational Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and his Ph.D. in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University. He is the Director of University of Regina's Laboratory for Computational Discovery. His research interests include knowledge discovery in databases, machine learning, applying artificial intelligence to computer animation and computer games, and temporal representation and reasoning. He is a co-author of “Knowledge Discovery and Measures of Interest” and co-editor of four other books, including “Quality Measures for Data Mining”, Springer, 2007. Some issues investigated in knowledge discovery concern interestingness, peculiarity, domain generalization graphs, share-based itemsets, and visualization of

He has over 20 years of research experience in data mining research, including funded collaborations with Alex, City of Regina, Farm Credit Canada, Paradigm, Rogers Cablevision, and SaskTel, and NSERC funding in the form of multiple Collaborative Research and Development, Discovery, Research Tools and Instruments, and Strategic Project grants from NSERC.

Yelena Yesha, Verizon Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland@ Baltimore

H. Dominic Covvey, President and Director of the National Institutes of Health Informatics and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo in the schools of Pharmacy and Optometry.

Dominik Slezak, co-founder of Infobright  Inc. and Professor at University of Warsaw

Dominik Slezak received his D.Sc. (habilitation) in 2011 from Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2002 from University of Warsaw, Poland. In 2005, he co-founded Infobright Inc., where he is currently working as chief scientist. He also is with Institute of Mathematics, University of Warsaw. He also used to be with University of Regina, SK, Canada, and Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Warsaw, Poland. Dominik serves as an associate editor and editorial board member for a number of international scientific journals, including General Systems, Information Sciences, Intelligent Information Systems, Knowledge and Information Systems, and Transactions on Rough Sets. He is frequently chairing international scientific conferences, including the series of multi-conferences on Future Generation Information Technology. He has co-edited over 20 scientific books and volumes of conference proceedings. He has co-authored over 100 papers for scientific books, journals, and conference proceedings. He has delivered invited lectures in Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, UK, and US. His research interests incle Rough Sets, Granular Computing, Data Mining, and Database Architectures. He is also an executive member of the International Rough Set Society.

Committee of Wise Persons

The Committee of Wise Persons serves the role of collaborating domain experts for LIAKM. These world-renowned scholars and researchers will play an important evaluative collaborating role for LIAKM topics and projects, and the project leaders, by bringing their data, research and business challenges to LIAKM. LIAKM will provide these research leaders with the capacity to realize breakthrough information analytics/knowledge mobilization research within their own areas of investigation.

Partially populated Committee of Wise Persons:

Sam Scully, academic leader, planner and assessor, who has gained deep

Sam Scully is a highly experienced academic leader, planner and assessor, who has gained deep knowledge of universities and what they do.  He was educated at the Universities of Bristol (in England) and Toronto, where he received his Ph.D. in Classics in 1973.  He held academic appointments at the University of Victoria and, from 1998, at Dalhousie University, and he served both universities as Provost and Vice-President Academic, in each case for eight years.  He has served on various provincial, regional and national boards, including the University Advisory Group to Industry Canada;  the National Advisory Board to the Meteorological Services of Canada; and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC).  Since retiring from Dalhousie, he has been based in Toronto, and has built a very active consulting career that is strongly focused on post-secondary education and research.  He has been working with universities and hospitals on searches to fill leadership positions, and he has continued a longstanding engagement in quality assurance.  He has done reviews and assessments for the MPHEC and the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board in Ontario.  He is the founding Chair of the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance which was created in 2010. 

B. Chandrasekaran, Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Laboratory for AI Research, in Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State University.

B. Chandrasekaran (B. E., (Honors), 1963, Madras University, Ph. D., 1967, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Laboratory for AI Research, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State University. His major research activities are currently in multi-modal cognitive architectures, diagrammatic reasoning, and decision-support architectures.

Chandrasekaran has been elected Fellow of IEEE, AAAI and ACM. He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Expert/Intelligent Systems from 1990 to 1994, and he serves on the editorial boards of numerous international journals. He has given invited talks at major AI conferences such as the International Joint Conference on AI, and the International Conference on Diagrammatic Reasoning. His work on generic tasks in knowledge-based systems is among the most heavily cited in recent research in the area of knowledge-based systems, as is his work on engineering design and functional reasoning. He co-authored, with David Brown, the book, "Design Problem Solving," published by Morgan Kaufmann. He organized, with Herb Simon, the 1993 AAAI Spring Symposium on Diagrammatic Reasoning. He is co-editor of the book, Diagrammatic Reasoning: Cognitive and Computational Perspectives, MIT Press, 1995. His current focus is on causal understanding and use of images in problem solving. His research has been supported over the years by ARL, NSF, NIH, DOE, (D)ARPA, and AFOSR, in addition to industrial firms such as IBM, DEC, and Boeing. From June 2001 through December 2009, he was part of the US Army Research Laboratories Collaborative Technology Alliance on Advanced Decision Architectures, which has supported his group’s research on Information Fusion, Diagrammatic Reasoning and Decision Support Architectures for Planning, and where he has been part of the leadership team, serving as co-chair of one of the Technology Areas.

Andrzej Skowron, Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics at Warsaw University.

Andrzej Skowron received the Ph. D. and D. Sci. (habilitation) from the University of Warsaw in Poland and in 1991 -- the Scientific Title of Professor. He is Full Professor in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics at Warsaw University. Andrzej Skowron is the (co)author of more than 400 scientific publications. His areas of expertise include reasoning under uncertainty, rough sets, granular computing, intelligent systems, knowledge discovery and data mining, adaptive and autonomous systems, perception based computing. He supervised more than 20 Ph.D. Theses. He was involved in several national and international projects (e.g., fraud detection, web mining, control of unmanned vehicles, medical decision support systems). For 15 years he was the Editor-in-Chief of Fundamenta Informaticae journal. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the LNCS Transactions on Rough Sets. He is on Editorial Boards of many others journals.  He  was the President of the International Rough Set Society from 1996 to 2000. He served on the program committees of more than 100 international conferences and workshops, often as the steering committee member, program chair or co-chair. He has delivered numerous invited talks at international conferences including plenary talk at the 16-th IFIP World Computer Congress (Beijing, 2000).

Thomas A. DeFanti, Research Scientist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego.

Thomas A. DeFanti, PhD, is a research scientist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego. He is principal investigator of the NSF International Research Network Connections Program TransLight/StarLight project, and he is principal investigator of the NSF GreenLight Instrument project and the KAUST Calit2 OptIPresence Project.

DeFanti is an internationally recognized expert in computer graphics since the early 1970s.  DeFanti has amassed a number of credits, including: use of his lab's hardware and software for the computer animation produced for the 1977 “Star Wars” movie;  recipient of the 1988 ACM Outstanding Contribution Award; and appointed an ACM Fellow in 1994.   He also shares recognition along with EVL director Daniel J. Sandin for conceiving the CAVE virtual reality theater in 1991.

Striving for a more than a decade to connect high-resolution visualization and virtual reality devices over long distances, DeFanti has lead state, national and international teams to build the most advanced production-quality networks available to scientists, with major NSF funding.  He is a founding member of GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, a global group that manages international switched wavelength networks for research and education.   In the USA, DeFanti established the 10 Gigabit Ethernet CAVEwave research network between EVL/StarLight, McLean, Virginia, the Seattle/Pacific Northwest GigaPop, and UCSD/Calit2 for CineGrid and other national/international research uses. The GreenLight Instrument project uses optical networks to connect scientists and their labs to more energy-efficient “green” computer processing and storage systems.

Jacob Slonim Professor Emeritus Dalhousie University and Professor at Technion.

Jacob Slonim is professor emeritus Dalhousie University and Professor at Technion. Prior to his Prior to his academic life Dr. Slonim was director of research at IBM Canada and created a new technology centre for software development and rapid technology transfer from research into product development. He called this new model the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) and used the Centre to bring together the efforts of (university) researchers and developers under a funding program supported by a number of North American universities, the Canadian government, and IBM. CAS, as Jacob envisioned, is an extrapolation of earlier models for applied research involving researchers and practitioners. CAS in particular reformulated the model for the needs of software and the software community. In the CAS model many notions were refined and advanced including the time from idea to product; the use of researchers for solving problems found in exploiting new technology; the use of prototypes; cooperation and communication between universities and IBM; and the policies of funding sources.

Jacob is the principal investigator on the KALI project. This project is aimed at providing computer access to those populations that are cognitively impaired or functionally illiterate. The approach being taken by this group is to address the issues through the design of a new architecture. The target population for this group is patients with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dr. Slonim was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a member of the Research Program of Centres of Excellence: ITAC (Information Technology Association Canada), CITR (Canada Information and Telecommunications Research), ITRC (Information Technology Research Canada), MAGIC (B.C.), CRIM (Montreal).

Jacob has won the ACM-Upsilon Pi Epsilon Award - Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, the Kaplan Award for contributions to Israeli industry, IBM Canada Excellence Award for the creation of the Centre for Advanced Studies and CASCON '91, IBM Author Recognition Award (5 times), Elected to IBM Academy of Science. IEEE Computer Society award for outstanding contribution - industry/university collaborations, IBM Canada Excellence Award, European Academy of Sciences, Member, and IBM CAS Faculty Fellow.



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