I am a Professor in and former Director of the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University. I am currently the Director of the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics. My research focuses on machine learning and its application in data analytics, data mining, user modelling, and intelligent and adaptive systems. I teach related courses as well as courses on software engineering, web-centric programmning and the impact of computing on our environment and society.
I was the President of the Canadian Artificiual Intellgence Association(CAIAC) from 2009-2011 and am now a member of the ChaLearn Board of Directors. In 2005, I founded the Acadia University Robot Programming Competitions and have been the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Partner for Nova Scotia since 2006. In 2011 I accepted Science Champion Award from the Nova Scotia Discovery Center on behalf of all the wonderful people at Acadia and the NSCC that I have had the pleasure to work with on youth robotics and the advancement of STEM education. In December, 2014, I became an Honorary Colonel in the RCAF attached to the 14 Wing Software Engineering Squadron, in Greenwood, NS.
Since January, 1993, I have operated a consulting business, CogNova Technologies, that offers services in the areas of machine learning, knowledge discovery and data mining.