2014 Spring Newsletter / Faculty News

Faculty Updates

Dr. France Bouthillier was Co-Chair of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76th Annual Meeting, held November 1-5, 2013 in Montreal, and Conference Chair of the ICKM 2013 9th International Conference on Knowledge Management, held November 1-2, 2013 in Montreal. Dr. Kimiz Dalkir was also a member of the ICKM 2013 organizing committee. For more information about the ICKM conference, read MLIS student Nathalie de Preux’s article on pg. 4 of this issue.

Dr. France Bouthillier was interviewed by the National Post on January 7, 2014 regarding the consolidation of Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries.

Dr. Max Evans conducts research at the Ontario Science CentreDr. M. Max Evans (left) and research partner Dr. Tracey Bowen of University of Toronto recently invited Ontario Science Centre visitors of all ages to participate in their research study by creating a drawing of what knowledge looks like to them. Max and Tracey will analyse more than 1000 drawings collected as part of an exploration of how abstract concepts such as “knowledge” are understood and interpreted through graphic representations. Data collected from the February 2014 event will also be integrated into an upcoming exhibit based on Max’s PhD research, which will teach visitors about knowledge sharing, trust, and the significant relationships between them. The exhibit is scheduled to run in the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre from October to December 2014.

Dr. Benjamin Fung’s work on cyber forensics  and data mining was featured in the March 2014 edition of Headway, McGill’s research magazine. Read the full text article The Big Picture on Big Data: Cyber Forensics.

As well, Professor Fung was featured in an August 27, 2013 interview with Forensic Focus, a digital forensics portal for computer forensics and eDiscovery professionals, on his work with big data and data mining for privacy protection and crime investigation. Read article.

 Quartier de l'innovation de MontrealDr. Kimiz Dalkir was recently selected as a leader in the development of the Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal’s “Montreal Creativity Hub.”

McGill University, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), and École des Hautes Études commerciales de Montréal (HEC Montréal) are drawing upon the expertise of three professors who specialize in creativity and innovation management, including Dr. Dalkir, to develop the Hub along with their doctoral students. Prof. Mickaël Gardoni of ETS and Prof. Patrick Cohendet of HEC are the other two professors involved.

The Quartier de l’innovation’s Creativity Hub will serve as a central node for professionals, academics, citizens, organizations and companies to coalesce around idea-generation, idea management, and innovation, while providing valuable opportunities to study the initial stages of the creative process. The project is designed to encourage cross-pollination of creative ideas, positioning Montreal as a world-renowned ecosystem of innovation. For more information about the project, visit the Creativity Hub website.