2014 Spring Newsletter / Faculty News

New Faculty

The School is pleased to welcome new faculty members Benjamin Fung, M. Max Evans, and Ilja Frissen, who bring valuable research and teaching expertise in Data Mining & Security, Knowledge Management, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Dr. Benjamin Fung

Dr. Ben FungDr. Benjamin Fung joined SIS as an Associate Professor in September 2013. His research interests include data mining and databases, information security and privacy, information sharing and integration, and cloud computing. Dr. Fung heads the new Data Mining and Security (DMaS) Lab at the School of Information Studies: http://dmas.lab.mcgill.ca

Dr. Fung holds a PhD, an MSc, and a BSc in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University and is a licensed professional engineer in software engineering. As well, Dr. Fung is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) at Concordia University, and a Research Scientist of the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada).

His research has been supported in part by the Discovery Grants and Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), and Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), and National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) Canada. Dr. Fung is principal investigator on a five year (2013-2018) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant for the project entitled Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing for Health Data Mining, and is a co-applicant for a project with the Department of National Defense/Natural Science and Engineering Research Council.

Dr. Fung’s data mining works in crime data mining and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide, including a recent feature in the March 2014 edition of Headway, McGill’s research magazine. Read the full text article here: The Big Picture on Big Data: Cyber Forensics.


Dr. M. Max Evans

Dr. Max EvansDr. M. Max Evans joined SIS as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Information Studies (Knowledge Management), Collaborative Program (PhD) in Knowledge Media Design, and a MISt (Information Systems), Collaborative Program (MISt) in Knowledge Media Design, both from the University of Toronto, and a BS in Marketing (International Business) with a minor in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. His research area is related to the strategic management of information and knowledge, with a specific focus on human and social factors influencing knowledge sharing. Dr. Evans’ academic experience includes designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic management, innovation, business process re-engineering, technology management, information system analysis and design, information architecture, and decision-making. His professional experience includes working in investor relations, marketing, project management, operations analysis, system design, and technology deployment.

Dr. Evans is an associated researcher at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), where he is involved in a global research study focusing on human and social factors in knowledge management. He is also presently working with the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre (along with other researchers, students, artists, and designers) to build a visual display (exhibit) of his doctoral research findings. As part of designing the exhibit, he is exploring how the concept of knowledge is understood and represented through visual and textual abstraction. Read more about this project in our Faculty Updates article.

Dr. Evans is principal investigator on a three year (2013-2018) McGill Start-Up Funds Grant for the project entitled What does Knowledge Look Like?, and is a co-investigator with Prof. Anthony Wensley (CO-I, University of Toronto), Prof. Nóra Obermayer-Kovács (CO-I, University of Pannonia, Hungary), Prof. Dr. Peter Heisig (PI, University of Leeds, UK), and others for the three-year (2013-2016) project: Human & Social Factors in Knowledge Management – Global Knowledge Research Network.


Dr. Ilja Frissen

2014Winter_Faculty_FrissenDr. Ilja Frissen joined SIS as an Assistant Professor in August 2013. Dr. Frissen’s research focuses on multisensory perception, multimodal cognition, human-computer interaction, auditory perception and cognition, and spatial information interaction.

Dr. Frissen holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from Maastricht University, also in the Netherlands. He has also completed postdoctoral research at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes (IRCCyN) in Nantes (France), McGill University School of Information Studies, and at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Multisensory Perception and Action Group in Tübingen, Germany.

Other research activities include “CyberWalk: Enabling Omni-directional Walking in Virtual Worlds”, an international project funded by the European Commission.

Dr. Frissen is principal investigator for a three-year (2013-2016) McGill Start-Up Funds Grant for the project entitled The Study of the Interaction between Multimodal Cognitive Abilities and Spatial Information Systems.