Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of representatives from each of the consortium member organizations, and co-chaired by representatives from University of Toronto and Western University.

When collaborative research proposals are submitted to SOSCIP, the SAC is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and approving proposals, as well as determining and approving the allocation of SOSCIP resources. After research projects are approved, the SAC regularly checks in and reviews projects progress.

SAC members are listed below.


Michael Bauer, Western University, SHARCNET
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Scientific Advisory Committee
SOSCIP Technology Lead, Cloud and Agile High Performance Computing Platforms

Dr. Michael Bauer was Chair of the Computer Science Department at Western Ontario from 1991-1996 and from 2002-2007. From 1996-2001 he was the Associate Vice-President Information Technology at Western University. He served on NSERC’s (National Science and Engineering Research Council) Computer Science grant review committee from 2005-2008 and was chair of the committee in 2008-2009. He was Principal Investigator for the CFI project that initially funded the creation of SHARCNET ( – a multi-university high performance computing grid. He is currently the Associate Director for SHARCNET. Professor Bauer’s primary specializations are in the fields of Distributed Systems, High Performance Computing and Applications of Parallel Computation. He is internationally recognized for his work on the use of policies in the management of distributed systems and applications and in autonomic systems. Dr. Bauer’s research in high performance computing includes the development of novel algorithms for the efficient uses of high performance computing grids, such as SHARCNET, and the development of novel parallel algorithms that can be used to analyze multiple, large multi-modal data sets. He has published over 220 refereed articles, has served on the organizing and program committee of numerous conferences and has refereed for a variety of international journals. He is a member of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and has served on various committees of both organizations. He has supervised over 70 graduate students.


Carlisle Adams, University of Ottawa
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Prior to Dr. Carlisle Adams’ academic appointment in 2003, he worked for 13 years in industry (Nortel, Entrust) in the design and standardization of a variety of cryptographic and security technologies for the Internet. His research and technical contributions include the CAST family of symmetric encryption algorithms, secure protocols for authentication and management in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) environments, and a comprehensive architecture and policy language for access control in electronic networks. Dr. Adams is co-author of Understanding PKI: Concepts, Standards, and Deployment Considerations, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2003). He is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), and is licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).


Ebrahim Bagheri, Ryerson University
Canada Research Chair in Software and Semantic Computing
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

Ebrahim Bagheri is a Canada Research Chair in Software and Semantic Computing, Associate Professor and the Director for the Laboratory for Systems, Software and Semantics (LS3) at Ryerson University. He has expertise in the Semantic Web, Social Media/Network Analytics, and Software Engineering. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and an IBM CAS Fellow. He has been a PI or co-PI on research projects worth over $8M in the past 5 years. More information can be found at his website.


Elnaz Delpisheh, Seneca College
Professor, School of Information and Communications Technology

Elnaz Delpisheh is a professor in the School of Information and Communications Technology at Seneca College. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from York University in October 2015. She worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at York University for one year. Her research is on text analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, and topic modeling. She developed a content-based news recommender system as part of her internship at The Globe and Mail.


Mark Daley, Western University
Associate Professor, Departments of Computer Science, Biology, and Statistics and Actuarial Science
Associate Vice-President, (Research)

Mark Daley is an associate professor in the computer science, biology and statistics & actuarial science departments at Western University, a PI at the Brain and Mind Institute and a University of Toronto Science Leadership Fellow. He also holds an appointment as an adjunct professor in the computer science department at the University of Saskatchewan.


Frank Dehne, Carleton University
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Dehne’s research program focuses on improving the performance of big data analytics systems through efficient parallel computing methods for multi-core processors, GPUs, processor clusters and clouds. His team specializes in high performance computing systems for business intelligence and computational biochemistry. Their work enables data scientists to perform complex data analysis operations on very large data sets. Dr. Dehne received a MCS (Dipl. Inform.) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a PhD from the University of Würzburg, Germany. He is serving or has served on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transaction on Computers, Information Processing Letters, Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications, and Int. Journal of Data Warehousing and Mining. Dr. Dehne is a member and former vice-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing, and member of the ACM Symposium on Parallel Algorithms & Architectures Steering Committee. Since 2010, Dr. Dehne is a Fellow of the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Canada (Business Intelligence and Business Analytics section).


Vic DiCiccio, University of Waterloo
Research Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Professor DiCiccio helped found the Institute for Computer Research (ICR), which has more than 150 faculty members from eight academic departments in four faculties at the University of Waterloo, as well as fifteen federated research groups. ICR fosters research in computer topics and specializes in industry collaboration. He is the Director for Research Partnerships of the GRAND NCE, a federal network of researchers at 20 universities collaborating with companies and user groups in the areas of graphics, animation, games, new media and social networks. He serves on GRAND’s Board of Directors. Previously, Vic DiCiccio was the director of advanced technology at SOMA Networks, and the vice-president of research for Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO, now OCE). He has been an applicant for Canarie grants and is a director of Rhetoritech Inc., a start up that commercializes persuasive language technology, arising from a multi-university research project, in the health domain.


Hendrick de Haan, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

Dr. de Haan is an expert in computational nanobiophysics. The cNAB.LAB at UOIT explores systems at the intersection of physics, biology, and nanotechnology via a wide range of computer simulation approaches. Dr. de Haan completed his graduate studies at the University of Guelph.


Farhana Zulkernine, Queen’s University
Assistant Professor, School of Computing

Farhana Zulkernine is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Cognitive Science program at the School of Computing at Queen’s University. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the School of Computing at Queen’s University and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. She has more than 15 years of international work experience in three continents in software design, analysis and research. As a researcher she has worked with CA Technologies, IBM Canada,SAP Germany and Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Italy. Her research interests include service and cloud computing, big data analytics and management, and cognitive computing. She has ongoing research collaborations with Centre for Advanced Computing (previously known as HPCVL) and Compute Canada, Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Services Network (CPCSSN) and the School of Medicine


Isabel Meirelles, OCAD University
Professor, Faculty of Design

Isabel Meirelles is a professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, and a design researcher in the Visual Analytics Lab. In addition to collaborating with scientists and humanists in the development of visualization systems, Isabel’s research focuses on the theoretical and experimental examination of the fundamentals underlying how information is structured, represented and communicated in different media. Meirelles is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport Publishers, 2013).


Ue-Li Pen, University of Toronto
Professor and Associate Director, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Ue-Li Pen is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). Born and raised in Germany, Professor Pen attended high school in Guelph, Ontario, and then completed a year at the University of Waterloo before transferring to the National Taiwan University where he received a B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1989. He completed his M.Sc. in Electrophysics at the National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan in 1991, and his Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University in 1995. In his final year at Princeton, he was awarded the prestigious Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship. Before joining CITA, he was a Harvard University Junior Fellow (1995-98). Professor Pen’s primary research interest involves the cosmic distribution of ordinary and dark matter.


Tom Doyle, McMaster University
Professor, Faculty of Engineering

Thomas Edward Doyle holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also holds a Masters of Engineering Science (M.E.Sc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering Science (B.E.Sc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Computer Science. Dr. Doyle has taught at McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

In recognition of his contribution to engineering education, Dr. Doyle was awarded the 2013 McMaster President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning. The President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning recognizes those who have significantly enhanced the quality of their students’ learning experience through innovative teaching methods. It is an award that appreciates and celebrates an educators achievements over time. The award citation may be read here. and the related McMaster University News article may be read here .


Graham Taylor, University of Guelph
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering

Dr. Taylor leads the Machine Learning Research Group at the University of Guelph. His interests include statistical machine learning and biologically-inspired computer vision, with an emphasis on deep learning and time series analysis. Dr. Taylor received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2009, working with Geoffrey Hinton and Sam Roweis. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and joined the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor in 2012.


Marek Wartak, Wilfrid Laurier University
Department of Physics & Computer Science

Marek S. Wartak received an MEng in Electronics (Electrical Engineering) with concentration on Solid State Technology and a PhD in Theoretical Physics with emphasis on Quantum Liquids, both from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Wartak has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor physics, photonics and optoelectronics, analytical methods, modeling and computer-aided design (CAD) tools. During his career, he has worked at Nortel Networks and the National Research Council His work has taken him to Canada, California and Europe. Since 1990, he has been employed by Wilfrid Laurier University, presently as full professor at the Department of Physics and Computer Science, also an adjunct professor at Physics Department, University of Waterloo and a member of Guelph Waterloo Physics Institute, all in Ontario, Canada.


Mehdi Kargar, University of Windsor
Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science

Mehdi Kargar is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Windsor. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lassonde School of Engineering at York University and Dapasoft Inc. (Microsoft Gold Certified Partner). His research concerns Big Data, databases, data mining, data analytics, social network analysis and software engineering. He was awarded multiple research grants since 2014, including NSERC DG, SOSCIP TalentEdge, and Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from York University (2009-2013). He is specifically interested in designing effective methods and algorithms for the problem of keyword search in big graphs, relational database and social networks. His research is published in databases and data mining top-tier venues like VLDB, ACM SIGMOD, IEEE ICDE, IEEE TKDE, ACM CIKM and SIAM SDM. He holds a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and was ranked 7th in Iranian National Scientific Olympiad for university students in Computer Engineering in 2006.


Sean Wagner, IBM Canada Limited
Research Scientist, IBM Canada Research and Development Centre
Acting SAC Member

Dr. Sean Wagner is an electrical and computer engineer specializing in computer hardware, microelectronics, optoelectronics, and optics. In his role with IBM Canada Limited, Dr. Wagner provides technical expertise and organizational support to SOSCIP project leaders. Dr. Wagner completed his undergraduate engineering degree at the University of Waterloo, and his graduate and postdoctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He has been with IBM Canada Limited since 2013.

John Whitnall, IBM Canada Ltd.
Project Executive

Mr. Whitnall brings to SOSCIP a broad range of skills and senior management experience in the computer industry, both inside and outside of IBM.  Prior to joining the team, he was a leader in the IBM Hybrid Cloud Solutions team and has over 30 years’ experience with collaborative business and technology projects at all levels. As a member of the SAC, Mr. Whitnall will provide insight and assistance regarding business feasibility of project proposals as well as guidance on the use of technology in the project planning, execution and governance phases.