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Workshop : Analyzing unstructured data to support decision-making

Friday 12 Nov 2021
From 10AM To 11AM

This workshop aimed to provide an overview of research projects conducted at CIRANO using unstructured data analysis methodologies and to present the possibilities offered by these tools to address certain issues.

Thierry Warin (HEC and CIRANO), Dalibor Stevanovic (UQAM and CIRANO), Robert Normand (CIRANO), Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin (Polytechnique Montreal and CIRANO) et Benoit Aubert (HEC and CIRANO) were present.


→ CIRANO scientific publications on the theme of data science 



Benoit Aubert

A CIRANO Researcher anf Fellow since 1995, Benoit A. Aubert is Full Professor in the Department of Information Technologies at HEC Montréal. He is also on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and the Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems and a regular member of key information systems conference program committees (ICIS, PACIS, AMCIS).

Holding a Ph.D. in Information Systems from HEC Montréal, his main research areas are risk management, innovation, outsourcing, offshoring, and business transformation.

Benoit A. Aubert past roles include: Director of the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University, Head of the School of Information Management and Professor at Victoria University of Wellington – where he was the Chair of the Spearheading Digital Futures strategic initiative for the University, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CIRANO, Director of Research at HEC Montréal, and Director of the IS Research Group at HEC Montréal. Benoit A. Aubert has a long record of collaborations with both private and public organizations.

Benoit A. Aubert published several articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports on these topics. His numerous publications on risk covered outsourcing, information technology projects, infrastructure maintenance, and private-public partnerships among other topics. He also published papers on trust, ontology, and health care information systems. Benoit A. Aubert received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Council (SSHRC), the Fonds Société et Culture (FQRSC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

He was a member of the New Zealand PBRF (performance based research funding) panel in 2018. He co-chaired the Outsourcing mini-Track of the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences for more than ten years and was a Senior Editor of Database nine years. 

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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2003, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRANO since 2016, has been leading the Baromètre CIRANO project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues since 2011, is responsible of the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Intelligence and Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation. Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and an associate researcher at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

Holding a Ph.D. in Management Science (in risks and insurance management) from École normale supérieure de Cachan, her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risks and uncertainty contexts as well as public policies. Her research combines economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, survey data analysis, and more recently massive unstructured data analysis.

In 2008 she created the RISQH network to raise awareness and share experiences on risks management, and patient safety and quality of care in health care facilities.

She participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI.

She is also co-PI of the "Monitoring and Surveys" function at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than a hundred conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media.

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Robert Normand

Projects Director, CIRANO

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Dalibor Stevanovic

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2011, responsible of the CIRANO Pole on Modeling and Main Researcher of the theme Economic and Fiscal Policy, Dalibor Stevanovic is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal and co-holder of the Chair in Macroeconomics and Forecasting at ESG-UQAM.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Université de Montréal, his research interests are time series econometrics, automatic learning and massive data, with applications in macroeconomics and finance.

After a bachelor's and master's degree in economics from Université Laval in Quebec City, Dalibor Stevanovic obtained his doctorate under the supervision of Jean-Marie Dufour and Jean Boivin. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship as part of the Max Weber programme at the European University Institute in Florence.

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Thierry Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2001, Main Researcher of the theme World Economy, Researcher in charge of Mondo.international, Thierry Warin is Full Professor in the Department of International Business at HEC Montréal. He has a Professorship in Data Science for International Business. He is President of the International Trade and Finance Association, Member of the board of editors of International Journal of Economics and Business Research, Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, Researcher at CERIUM-CEUE (Université de Montréal) and President and co-founder of the NGO Ed' Haïti.

Holding a Ph.D. in Monetary Economics and Finance from ESSEC Business School, his research is mainly on international economics and finance topics, with a particular focus on the European economic integration, while using Data Science as his main methodological approach.

Thierry Warin was Full Professor at SKEMA Business School Raleigh (Founder and Director of the SKEMA Global Lab in AI), Associate Professor at Polytechnique Montréal (Director of the International Projects Program), Associate Professor at Middlebury College (Director of the International Studies and IPE program) and Academic Director at SIE-Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou.

An alumnus of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a former Visiting Scholar at the Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies (Harvard University, 2005) and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (Harvard University, 2015-2017), he has authored numerous academic publications and books or special issues.

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