FCAA-Quebec project on road safety with elders

I’m pretty proud to announce that my colleagues and I (Prof. Evelyne Vallières, Daniel Lemire and Richard Hotte) signed an agreement for a research project with the Foundation of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), division Québec, for 180k$ for 2013 to 2015. This project will focus on the effects of fatigue (tiredness) on elder drivers (55+ … I know that people between 55 and 65 don’t want to be categorized as “elders” :-) ) and will study retroaction methods, based on a coaching approach, to increase the self-awareness of the drivers face to their driving behaviors. Personnally, I will work on the Computer Science part of the project, where we will build drivers’ models based on the car, contextual and users’ information. We are currently experimenting different machine learning algorithms with prototype data from the car and a driver (me !).

This research project will extensively use the “Smart” car LISA (french acronym for smart laboratory on road security), a car full of sensors, camera and facial recognition systems, which is financed by the CFI (Nomade Project, 400k$).

I will post more info on this exciting project in the next months, so stay tuned!

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Talk : “Ambient Intelligence at the service of dependant people”

I was giving this morning (March 7) a talk on my researches at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) for the Ph.D. student in Cognitive Computer Science, entitled “L’intelligence ambiante au service des personnes dépendantes” or if you prefer :  “The Ambient Intelligence at the service of dependant people”.

You can look at my slides at : http://prezi.com/fzky2afrlipe/seminaire_dic_7mars  They are only in french !

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New job and new blog

After 5-6 years of post-graduate education between the Quebec and France, 1 year of Postdoc at CMU in Pittsburgh and 2 marvelous kids, I finally reach my goal : get a position as professor in computer science in a university in Quebec, the Télé-Université du Québec.

Sometime, it’s fun to remember all the path I followed to reach this goal and all the people (mostly my family …) asking when I would finally get a job (for a lot of them, doing research during a Ph.D. is not a job). I can officially say that at 31 years old, I have my first official job ! (internship and student job doesn’t count ;) )

Ok, enough talk about that. Let me introduce this new website and blog. In that blog, you will find all the information about my research interests, projects, publications and topics I will write, from computer science to research in general, maybe a little bit about politic and surely some stuff about my next trips (conferences or not). You will probably notice several english grammatical errors in my future posts, I apologize, french being my first language, I’m still working to improve my english (even if I wrote several scientific papers in english). So, stay tune and don’t forget to submit comments !

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