Lee Smolin

Lee Smolin

Founding member and research physicist, Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics

Lee Smolin is a founding member and research physicist at the Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics.

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Mark Weber

Associate professor, University of Waterloo

Mark Weber  is the Eyton Director of the Conrad Business,  Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo (UW).

Marisa Beck

Marisa Beck

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Marisa Beck is a PhD student in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, specializing in global environmental governance.

Jingle Piereder

Jinelle Piereder

PhD Candidate - University of Waterloo

Jinelle Piereder is a PhD candidate in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), specializing in conflict and security, and supervised by Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon.

Warren Dodd

Warren Dodd

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Warren Dodd's research uses an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach with the aim of understanding and addressing the social and ecological determinants of global health and development.

Frances Westley

Frances Westley

Chair, Social Innovation Generation, University of Waterloo

Frances Westley is JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at University of Waterloo, where she heads up Social Innovation Generation (SiG), a national initiative designed to build capacity for social innovation in Canada.

Manjana Milkoreit

Manjana Milkoreit

Post-doctoral research fellow, Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Manjana Milkoreit is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative at ASU’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Michael Lawrence’s work applies concepts from the complexity science literature to the study of conflict and security. He focuses on the relationship between conflict, insecurity and development, particularly on the ways in which armed violence generates complex patterns of social organization.

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Kerstin Dautenhahn

Professor, Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics

Since August 2018 Kerstin Dautenhahn is Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She is currently establishing the new Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory.

Eric Beinhocker

Eric Beinhocker

Executive director, Institute for New Economics

Eric Beinhocker is the executive director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s INET@Oxford research program (Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford), a member of the Said Business School at Oxford, and a visiting professor of economics at Central European University.

Xiongbing Jin

Xiongbing Jin

Senior Specialist at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Edward W. Thommes

Edward W. Thommes

Health outcomes manager, GlaxoSmithKline Canada

Edward W. Thommes is a health outcomes manager at GlaxoSmithKline Canada. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph researching multidisciplinary computational modelling under a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [NSCERC] Discovery Grant.

Xinyue Pi

Xinyue Pi

Master's student, environmental studies

Xinyue Pi is a MES (environmental studies) student at the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Her work focuses on modelling the rental market using hedonic pricing methods.

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Mary O'Connor

Associate Professor, Zoology; Associate Director, Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia
Leigh Tesfatsion

Leigh Tesfatsion

Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University

Leigh Tesfatsion is a professor of economics, mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering at the Department of Economics, Iowa State University. She received her PhD degree in economics, with a minor supporting program in mathematics, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1975.

Megan Bean

Megan Bean

Teacher

Megan Bean works in adult education, primarily in teaching English as a second or other language. She received her undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; a postgraduate diploma in education from the University of College Cork, Ireland; and a master's in education from the Open University, England.

Teresa Branch-Smith

Teresa Branch-Smith

Philosopher in residence, Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

Teresa Branch-Smith approaches complexity from a background in biochemistry and as a result is particularly interested in discussions about emergence that involve biology based examples.

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Kirsten Lee

PhD Candidate - University of Waterloo

Kirsten Lee is a PhD student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick. Her research focuses on assessing the effect of consumer food environment interventions (e.g. menu labelling) on food/beverage purchases and intakes, as well as evaluating post-secondary food environments.

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems. Dr.

Peter Deadman

Peter Deadman

Professor, University of Waterloo

Peter Deadman is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo. He received his PhD in 1997 from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

David A. Petrie

David A. Petrie

Professor, department head, Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. David A. Petrie, MD, FRCP is a Professor and the head of the Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine and the chief of the Central Zone, NSHA. After medical school at Dalhousie and an internship in Ottawa he worked for two years in small towns in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Katherine Laycock

Katherine Laycock

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Katherine Laycock is currently enrolled in PhD studies at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning.

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Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam

Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Ponnu Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam is a Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

He has previously worked at several academic institutions including the College of Engineering in Guindy, Madras, India; the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. In the past, Professor Ponnambalam has been the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Systems Design Engineering department at University of Waterloo.

Monica Cojocaru

Monica Cojocaru

Associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Guelph

Monica Cojocaru is an associate professor in the mathematics and statistics Department at the University of Guelph. She completed her BSc and MSc in mathematics at the University of Bucharest (Romania) and her PhD in mathematics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Sharon Kirkpatrick

Associate Director, WICI and Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Services

Sharon Kirkpatrick, PhD, is a nutritionist and associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Kirkpatrick’s current research focuses mainly on advancing methodologies for assessing diet and understanding the complexities, including multidimensionality and dynamism, in dietary patterns.

Gerrit Van Wyk

Gerrit Van Wyk

Physician

Gerrit Van Wyk completed an MPhil in the School of Engineering Management at the University of Cape Town in 1996, and an MBA at Henley Management College in 2000, and is currently practising as a specialist physician in Saskatchewan.

Pedram Fard

Pedram Fard

PhD student, urban planning

Pedram Fard is a PhD student in urban planning at University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environment. In his current research, Fard studies spatial and temporal patterns of land use changes induced by light rail transit development.

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Liane Gabora

Associate Professor, Psychology, University of British Columbia

Liane Gabora is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Jan Wouter Vasbinder

Jan Wouter Vasbinder

Founding president, Institute Para Limes; director, complexity program, Nanyang Technological University

Jan Wouter Vasbinder (1945) is founding president of the Institute Para Limes, which he initiated in 2003. He moved to Singapore in August 2011 to become director of the complexity program at the Nanyang Technological University at Singapore.

Hans De Sterck

Hans De Sterck

Associate professor, University of Waterloo

Hans De Sterck is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His area of research is computational mathematics and scientific computing, with applications to problems in science, engineering and technology.

Virginia Capmourteres

Virginia Capmourteres

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph

Virginia Capmourteres is a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental sciences at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Dr. Madhur Anand. She works on the development of indicators and models to assess ecosystem integrity and potential under the scope of complex systems.

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Jessica Blythe

Postdoctoral Fellow, and Adjunct Associate Professor

Jessica Blythe is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow and adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.  Trained broadly as a sustainability scientists, Jessica applies a social-ecological lens to explore how coastal communities experience environmental ch

Rebecca Saari

Rebecca Saari

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rebecca Saari is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research team builds models to inform sustainable engineering and sustainable decisions and seeks to quantify the linkages between air quality, energy, climate, and equity.

Vanessa Schweizer

Vanessa Schweizer

Director, WICI; Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

Vanessa Schweizer, Director of WICI, is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo.

Stephen J. Purdey

Stephen J. Purdey

International relations specialist

Stephen James Purdey is an international relations specialist (PhD University of Toronto). His academic work focuses on the evolution of new forms of global governance to meet current socio-ecological challenges.

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Jamie Miller

Founder, Biomimicry Frontiers

Jamie is an award-winning designer and founder of Biomimicry Frontiers. He has been trained by Janine Benyus (the author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”) and has been building biomimicry in Ontario through his consulting, lectures, and workshops since 2007.

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Sam Petrie

Masters Student, Carleton University

Samuel Petrie is a masters student working out of the Spatial Determinants of Health lab at Carleton University.

J Doyne Farmer

J Doyne Farmer

Co-director, programme on complexity economics, INET@Oxford

J. Doyne Farmer co-directs the programme on complexity economics, which is part of the INET@Oxford research institute. Farmer arrived in autumn 2012 from the Santa Fe Institute.

Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Dan McCarthy is a faculty member with Social Innovation Generation, the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience as well as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

John Whalley

John Whalley

Professor, University of Western Ontario

John Whalley is a William G. Davis Chair in International Trade and professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario, and a distinguished fellow at CIGI. Professor Whalley received his PhD from Yale University (1973).

Filiz Tamer

Filiz Tamer

Student

I will be studying the relationship between urban economic structure and trajectory and the success of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in major North American cities. To support this analysis, we will gather and analyze the following information for North American cities that have implemented light rail transit:

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Roger White

Professor, Geography, Memorial University

Roger White is Honorary Research Professor in the Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and since 2007 has also been affiliated with the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Mol, Belgium.

Madhur Anand

Madhur Anand

Professor, University of Guelph

Madhur Anand is professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.

Niall Douglas

ISO C and C++ programming language standards

Niall continues his research into standardising, taming and scaling complexity in computing systems via participation in multiple International Standards Organisation working and study groups. He currently works for MayStreet on the US SEC’s Market Information Data Analytics System (MIDAS), which analyses in real time all trades carried out in the United States.

Clayton Dasilva

Clayton Dasilva

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Clay Dasilva (PDF) is currently a PhD student in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, having also obtained his Master of Arts there in 2012.

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Diana V. Luna Gonzalez

PhD Candidate - University of Waterloo

Diana searches for nutritional interventions addressing the complexity of malnutrition. In particular, she investigates the extent to which agroecology can improve nutrition in the long-term, through diversifying dietary intake and maintaining soil health.

Sean Geobey

Sean Geobey

Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Sean Geobey brings expertise in social innovation theory, sustainable finance, planning, governance, and decision-theory to his research and teaching.

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Igor Grossmann

Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo

Igor Grossmann (@psywisdom) is a social-cognitive scientist exploring the interplay of sociocultural factors for wise reasoning and sound judgment. His work utilizes innovative methods at the intersection of big data analytics, psychophysiology, longitudinal surveys, and behavioural experiments.

Rob Robson

Rob Robson

Principal advisor, Healthcare System Safety and Accountability Canada

Dr. Rob Robson, MDCM, MSc, FRCP(C) is the principal advisor for healthcare system safety and accountability in Canada and recently served as the chief patient safety officer at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for six years.

Amanda Raffoul

Amanda Raffoul

PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo

Abdorasoul Ghasemi

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dear members of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation,

Carl Folke

Carl Folke

Science director, Stockholm Resilience Centre; director, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

Carl Folke is science director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, one of the collaborating partners of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

John McLevey

John McLevey

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

John McLevey is an assistant professor in knowledge integration at the University of Waterloo, with cross-appointments to sociology and legal studies, and environment and resource studies. He has a PhD (2013) in sociology from McMaster University.

Kariappa Bheemaiah

Kariappa Bheemaiah

Researcher, data analyst, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Currently working as a researcher and data analyst at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, Kariappa Bheemaiah‘s previous experiences include working as a marine engineer, a French foreign legionnaire, and as a business professional.

Matteo Smerlak

Matteo Smerlak

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Perimeter Institute

Matteo Smerlak studies the emergence of pattern in complex dynamical systems, most recently within the context of Darwinian evolution. His recent work has also explored the dynamics of economic inequalities, the quantification of resilience and the origin of scaling in biological growth.

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Raja Sengupta

Associate Professor, Geography, McGill University

Raja Sengupta's research projects follow three distinct but complementary paths that fall under the broad umbrella of GIScience: agent-based models, spatial tools to measure anthropogenic impacts, and methodological improvements to existi

Chris Bauch

Chris Bauch

Professor, University of Waterloo

Chris Bauch is a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He studies epidemiological and ecological systems with a particular emphasis on evaluating interventions such as vaccines. He is particularly interested in coupling models of human behaviour with models of disease dynamics or ecological dynamics.

Bill Flanik

Bill Flanik

Assistant professor, Colorado Mesa University

BA (political science), Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002; PhD (political science), University of Toronto, 2013. Dr. Flanik is an assistant professor of political science at Colorado Mesa University, where he teaches a broad range of courses in international relations, comparative politics, technology studies, and peace and conflict studies.

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Yue Dou

Research Associate, Environmental Geography

Yue Dou is a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Geography group of IVM.

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Robert Gooding-Townsend

Master's Student - Mathematical Biology

Robert Gooding-Townsend is a master’s student in mathematical biology working under the supervision of Chris Bauch and Madhur Anand. Prior to his graduate work, he completed concurrent Bachelors’ of Knowledge Integration and Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His primary research area is forest dynamics and models of land cover change.

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Trevor Charles

Professor, University of Waterloo - Biology

Trevor Charles is a professor of biology at the University of Waterloo. His work is in the areas of bacterial genetics and genome engineering, plant microbiome, and functional metagenomics, with an orientation towards Circular Bioeconomy applications.

Eihab Abdel-Rahman

Eihab Abdel-Rahman

Associate professor, University of Waterloo

Eihab Abdel-Rahman is associate professor of systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo. He specializes in the study of system dynamics and control with a particular interest in nonlinear systems.

Sergio Rossi

Sergio Rossi

Associate professor, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Sergio Rossi is an associate professor in the Département des Sciences Fondamentales, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Canada). Before joining Chicoutimi in 2007, he obtained a master's in forest and environmental sciences and a PhD in forest ecology at the Università di Padova (Italy).

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Kirsten Wright

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Kirsten Wright moved to Waterloo to go to school for engineering. Her background is in robotics and embedded systems and more recently she has worked in social innovation. She is an author of the leading manual for Social Innovation Labs and is currently finishing a PhD in Engineering, studying methods for measuring resilience in agent based models of social innovation. 

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Anna Klinkova

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

 Anna Klinkova’s research is focused on developing efficient synthetic approaches to advanced nanomaterials for applications in alternative energy and catalysis.

Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin

Director, Oxford Martin School

Ian Goldin took up his current position as director of the Oxford Martin School in September 2006. He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Steve Mock

Steve Mock

Research director, Ideological Conflict Project at Balsillie School of International Affairs

Steven J Mock is research director of the Ideological Conflict Project of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario. He completed his PhD in government at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. He is a former chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) and member of the editorial team of Nations and Nationalism.

Glenn Smith

Glenn Smith

Director of project management, Communitech

Glenn Smith, P.Eng., is a University of Waterloo engineering graduate.

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Jorge is a PhD candidate of System Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research activities are focused on applying agent-based models on three major areas

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Jon Mackay

Lecturer, Business Analytics, University of Auckland

 Jon Mackay is currenty a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Business Analytics at the University of Auckland. His research interests involve network theory, corporate governance, and business analytics more broadly. 

Mark Crowley

Mark Crowley

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Mark Crowley is an assistant professor in the Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Scott Heckbert

Scott Heckbert

Environmental economist, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

Scott Heckbert is an environmental economist at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Canada. Scott’s research applies environmental economics using simulation modelling of social-ecological systems.

Milton Friesen

Milton Friesen

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Milton Friesen’s work includes serving on the executive team of Cardus, a public policy think tank, in addition to pursuing a PhD at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning.

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Christopher Luederitz

PhD Candidate - University of Waterloo

Christopher Luederitz is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, where he researches on business-driven sustainability-oriented innovations in food systems.

Lesley Andrade

Lesley Andrade

PhD Candidate, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Lesley Andrade is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick.  Her research interests include public health systems, healthy eating and nutrition policy, healthy weights promotions and eating disorders/disordered eating prevention, and dietary assessment methods. Lesley’s doctoral research is examining the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners and applying an innovative method to estimating usual intake in Canada and abroad.

Sarah Burch

Sarah Burch

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Sarah Burch, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr.

Robert Spekkens

Robert Spekkens

Theoretical physicist, Perimeter Institute

Robert Spekkens is a theoretical physicist who works on the foundations of quantum theory. He attended McGill University, pursuing a joint program in physics and philosophy and then completed an MSc and a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Toronto.

Perin Ruttonsha

Perin Ruttonsha

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Perin Ruttonsha is a doctoral candidate with the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS), at the University of Waterloo, and where she has worked in collaboration wit

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Ajar Sharma

PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo

 Ajar Sharma is a Ph.D. student in Systems Design Engineering. He has a Masters in Water Management and background in hydrology and is currently working with Vanessa Schweiser (Knowledge Integration), and Keith Hipel (Systems Design Engineering).

Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman

Associate professor of political science, University of Toronto

Matthew Hoffman is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He has a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in international relations from the George Washington University.

Chris Perlman

Chris Perlman

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Dr. Christopher Perlman is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

Kevin Yeung

Kevin Yeung

Transport consultant, Arup

Kevin Yeung is fascinated with mobility and the way it shapes cities. He strives to improve the way people move whether it be by foot, bike, car, bus or train. Yeung completed his Master of Applied Science in civil engineering and planning at the University of Waterloo.

Thomas Bury

Thomas Bury

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Thomas Bury is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Chris Bauch. Previously, he completed the Mathematical Tripos at the University Cambridge with first class honours, specialising in applications to biological and theoretical physics. His desire to work in mathematical modelling came about during a Summer research post with mathematical biologist Dr. Julia Gog, where he analysed the spatio-temporal dynamics of the Influenza outbreak that disturbed the UK in 2009.

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Anna Lawniczak

Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Professor Anna Lawniczak teaches Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph. 

Keith Hipel

Keith Hipel

Professor, University of Waterloo; President, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada; Senior fellow, Centre of International Governance; Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Keith Hipel is university professor of systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo where he is co-ordinator of the conflict analysis group.

Ilias Kotsireas

Ilias Kotsireas

Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Ilias Kotsireas received his undergraduate education at the University of Athens (Greece) and the Universite Paris 6 (France). He earned his PhD from the Universite Paris 6 in 1998 holding a three-year scholarship from the Ministry of National Education.

Sami Houry

Sami Houry

Senior Research Officer and Project Manager, Athabasca University

Dr. Sami Houry is a senior research officer and project manager with Institutional Data Analysis at Athabasca University. He holds a BSc in physics from the University of Toronto (1997), an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2000), and a certified analytics and insights professional designation from CAIP Canada.

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Truzaar Dordi

PhD Candidate - Climate Finance

Truzaar Dordi is a PhD Candidate in Sustainability Management at the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development, working under the supervision of Dr. Olaf Weber. His research utilizes advances in computational modelling to investigate the intersection between climate risk and financial resiliency.

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Lisa Aultman-Hall

Professor and Chair, Engineering

Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall is Professor and Chair of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  After graduating in 1996 with a Ph.D.

Peter Carrington

Professor, University of Waterloo

Peter Carrington is professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo. His current research project, the Canadian Criminal Careers and Criminal Networks Study, combines his long-standing interests in social network analysis and in the development of crime and delinquency.

Leah Stokes

Leah Stokes

Assistant professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Leah Stokes is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She completed her PhD in public policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Environmental Policy & Planning group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Andjela Tatarovic

Andjela Tatarovic

Bachelor's student, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

Andjela Tatarovic enjoys learning and questioning the essence of things. Philosophy is a natural pass-time while quantifying ideas is more of a challenge, but enjoyed nonetheless. She likes learning the languages of things, and the relation between the abstract and the concrete.

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Ileana Diaz

PhD Student, University of Waterloo

Ileana I. Diaz is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. Broadly, her research interests lie in the intersections of sustainable food systems, feminist geopolitics, climate and environmental justice.

Eric Lambin

Eric Lambin

George and Setsuko Ishiyama provostial professor and senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Eric Lambin is a George and Setsuko Ishiyama provostial professor and senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment. He is affiliated with the Department of Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University. He received his baccalaureate, master in sciences and PhD in sciences, from the University of Louvain, Belgium.

Derek Robinson

Derek Robinson

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Derek Robinson is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. His research interests lie at the center of land use, land management, and the carbon cycle.

Kathyrn R. Fair

Kathyrn R. Fair

PhD candidate, University of Waterloo

Kathyrn R. Fair is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo, supervised by Professor Chris T. Bauch and Professor Madhur Anand. Prior to entering graduate school, she completed a BSc (Hons) in physical science with distinction at the University of Guelph.

Scott Janzwood

Scott Janzwood

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Scott is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, where he studies the role of deep uncertainty in political decision-making. His research investigates the intersection of science and policy in the areas of climate change, infectious disease outbreaks, and artificial intelligence. Scott's dissertation research focuses on the role played by mathematical models as decision-support tools in the governance of catastrophic threats.

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Adrienne Mason

Masters Candidate, SERS

Adrienne Mason is a Masters Candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, supervised by Stephen Murphy.  Adrienne completed her Environmental Science degree at Trent University and worked as an ecologic

Thomas Homer-Dixon

Thomas Homer-Dixon

Director, Cascade Institute and University Research Chair

Thomas Homer-Dixon, WICI founding director, is now the Director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, and a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada.

Hassan Masum

Hassan Masum

Director of Data Science, Prodigy

Hassan Masum is a policy and technology strategist, and Director of Data Science at Prodigy which aims to help everyone love learning.

Chantal Hutchison

Chantal Hutchison

PhD student, McGill University

Chantal Lana Hutchison is a PhD student in Dr. Catherine Potvin’s neotropical ecology lab at McGill University. Her background is in theoretical physics with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a MSc from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute.

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Julia Goyal

PhD Candidate -School of Public Health and Health Systems and Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering

Julia Goyal is pursuing a Joint Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Waterloo between the School of Public Health and Health Systems and Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Ellen MacEachen and Dr. Arash Arami respectively.

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Majid Mirza

PhD Candidate, Sustainability Management

Majid Mirza is pursuing his PhD in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo with a focus on financing the Sustainable Development Goals. He has over 10 years of international development and impact investing experience and is a consultant to the Canadian Government on development finance. 

Brian Arthur

Brian Arthur

External faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute

W. Brian Arthur is an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and visiting researcher in the Intelligent Systems Lab at PARC (formerly Xerox Parc).

Neil Craik

Neil Craik

Associate professor, University of Waterloo

Neil Craik, PhD,  is an associate professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches and researches in the fields of Canadian and international environmental law.

Shreyas Sundaram

Shreyas Sundaram

Assistant professor, Purdue University

Shreyas Sundaram is an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He received his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

Ola Tjornbo

Ola Tjornbo

Assistant Professor, University of Concordia and Principal, Archipelago Consultants

Dr. Ola Tjornbo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, at University of Concordia, and the Principal for Archipelago Consultants. Ola has a PhD in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs looking at the role of social media networks in governance.

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Joe Battikh

PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo

Joe Battikh is a senior sustainability expert with over sixteen years of international experience in the private sector. He has a strong interest in developing corporate sustainability through economic, environmental and social development.

Jukka-Pekka Onnela

Jukka-Pekka Onnela

Assistant professor, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
Sarah Tolmie

Sarah Tolmie

Associate professor, University of Waterloo

Sarah Tolmie, an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, is a traditionally-trained, philologically-oriented medievalist with a master's degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Katharine Zywert

Katharine Zywert

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Katharine Zywert is a PhD student in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, where she studies medicine in the Anthropocene.

Dr. Tejal Patel

Tejal Patel

Clinical Professor, University of Waterloo

Dr. Tejal Patel is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, and a practicing clinical pharmacist with the Memory Clinic at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team in Kitchener, Ontario.  Dr. Patel obtained her PharmD from the University of Kentucky and completed a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Neurology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In her position with the School of Pharmacy, Dr.

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Nicholas Palaschuk

PhD Candidate, Sustainability Management

Nicholas Palaschuk is a PhD Candidate in the Sustainability Management program at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Nicholas works in the fields of corporate sustainability, environmental behaviour, and sustainability transitions. Nicholas holds both a BSc. in Biology (2015) and MSc.

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Dawn Parker

Professor, University of Waterloo - School of Planning


Dawn Parker is a Professor in the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on the development of fine-scale models that link the drivers of land-use change and their socioeconomic and ecological impacts, with completed and ongoing projects on organic agriculture in California’s Central Valley, timber harvest and carbon sequestration in eastern deciduous forests in West Virginia, U.S.A., the effects of HIV/AIDS on smallholder agricultural households in Uganda, interactions between land markets, landscaping, and carbon sequestration in ex-urban landscapes, and the co-evolution of urban transit networks and residential neighbourhoods. Her areas of technical expertise include agent-based modelling, land-use modelling, and environmental and resource economics.

Anthony Masys

Anthony Masys

Defence scientist, Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada

Anthony Masys is a defence scientist for the Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science. Assigned as scientific advisor to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Major Events and Protective Policing Division, Dr. Masys supported both the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and G8/G20 summits.

Fatemeh Jahanmiri

Fatemeh Jahanmiri

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Fatemeh Jahanmiri is currently completing her PhD in urban planning at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Parker.

Brenda Panasiak

Brenda Panasiak

Administrative Coordinator, WICI

Brenda Panasiak joins Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) effective January 2, 2019. She brings over 15 years of administrative experience with a background in not-for-profit, post-secondary education, and healthcare fields. 

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Mark Damm

Founder and CEO, FuseForward

Mark Damm, Founder and CEO of FuseForward, has over twenty-five years of experience implementing and operating complex systems for critical infrastructure providers. As an experienced Systems Architect, Mark is passionate about technology for the utility sector.

He is a noted subject matter expert in the critical infrastructure field, regularly speaking and writing on asset management systems, cybersecurity and the industrial Internet of Things at industry and academic conferences. Mark is focused on using his experience to help critical infrastructure providers move towards a digital future, with expertise across cloud, intelligent systems, real-time analytics, cybersecurity, machine learning, streaming data, automation and much more.

Rob Axtell

Rob Axtell

Chair, Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University

Rob Axtell is department chair of the new Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) and a founding member of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics there.

Owen Gallupe

Owen Gallupe

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Owen Gallupe is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. He received his PhD in criminology from Simon Fraser University (2012).

William Sutherland

William Sutherland

Assistant clinical professor, McMaster University

William Sutherland, MD, is a general practice physician presently working in emergency medicine, general practice psychotherapy, and functional medicine. He is the innovator of the complexity medicine paradigm and the author of the upcoming book on the subject, Grand Rounds: Healing Wisdom for a Complex World.

Haotian Zhang

Haotian Zhang

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Haotian Zhang is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received the MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of network science and design of fault-tolerant algorithms.

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Reza Yousefi-Nooraie

Assistant Professor - Public Health Sciences

Reza Yousefi-Nooraie's main line of interest includes the application of a social network analysis lens to inform and promote the process of knowledge translation and program implementation (https://goo.gl/EIrwfo).

Felix Reed-Tsochas

Felix Reed-Tsochas

James Martin lecturer, complex systems, Saïd Business School

Felix Reed-Tsochas is James Martin lecturer in complex systems at the Saïd Business School, director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Complexity, and a fellow of Green Templeton College.

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Mark Tovey

Postdoctoral Fellow, Public History, Western University
Yu Huang

Yu Huang

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Yu Huang is currently completing her PhD degree in urban planning at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the complex interactions within the urban housing market system and the emergent urban patterns and market dynamics.

Matteo Smerlak

Matteo Smerlak

Postdoctoral Researcher, Perimeter Institute

Matteo Smerlak studies the emergence of pattern in complex dynamical systems, most recently within the context of Darwinian evolution. His recent work has also explored the dynamics of economic inequalities, the quantification of resilience and the origin of scaling in biological growth. Given his background in gravitational physics, Matteo would also like to know what dark matter stands for or what happens inside black holes.

Christopher Greyson-Gaito

Christopher Greyson-Graito

Ph.D. Candidate

Christopher Greyson-Gaito is a PhD student with Dr. Kevin McCann in the department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. For his PhD, he is examining the interactions of ecological processes across scales in a variety of systems.

Stephen Quilley

Stephen Quilley

Associate professor, University of Waterloo

Stephen Quilley, WICI director of development, is an associate professor in social innovation generation and the Department of Environment and Resource Studies in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.

Sergey Melnik

Sergey Melnik

Research fellow, University of Limerick

Dr. Sergey Melnik is a research fellow at the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (www.MACSI.ul.ie), Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Jude Herijadi Kurniawan

Jude Herijadi Kurniawan

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Kurniawan graduated from the inaugural Master of Climate Change program at the University of Waterloo and he is now working towards his PhD.

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Peter Jentsch

PhD Candidate - Applied Mathematics

Peter Jentsch is a PhD candidate in the Department Of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Supervised by Dr. Chris T. Bauch and Dr. Madhur Anand, his research is primarily in the field of mathematical ecology and human-environment systems. 

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David Edwards

CEO, Purpose Built Communities

David Edwards, CEO of Purpose Built Communities, is interested in how complexity science can be applied to redefine how the problem of intergenerational urban poverty is addressed in our cities. Distressed urban neighborhoods are complex adaptive systems out which emerge the outcomes that we worry about: high crime, under performing schools, health disparities, and low levels of economic mobility. Through an improved understanding how these “neighborhood effects” generate these outcomes, we can perhaps design more effective interventions.

Mr. Edwards is  looking to partner with academics, private sector leaders and other community development practitioners interested in applying complexity science to deepen our understanding of the relationship between neighborhood conditions and improved social outcomes.

Yaneer Bar-Yam

Yaneer Bar-Yam

Founding president, New England Complex Systems Institute

Yaneer Bar-Yam is founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He received his SB and PhD in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] in 1978 and 1984, respectively.

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo; Director, The Games Institute

Mark Hancock is an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Management Sciences and associate director of research training for the Games Institute.

Isaac Tamblyn

Isaac Tamblyn

Assistant professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Isaac Tamblyn is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and holds a joint appointment with the National Research Council of Canada.

Jeff Casello

Jeff Casello

Associate Vice-President, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Professor Casello’s interests lie in urban transportation systems and their impacts on healthy and economically viable urban areas. As such, he conducts research on the design and operation of public transportation systems, urban roadway systems, and facilities for non-motorized modes.

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Jeremy Pittman

Assistant Professor, School of Planning

Jeremy Pittman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning, whose research interests include: environmental policy and governance in the Anthropocene, landscape- and seascape-scale approaches to planning, human communities in an interconnected world and social-ecological connectivity.

Marten Scheffer

Marten Scheffer

Leader, aquatic ecology and water quality management group, Wageningen University

Marten Scheffer (1958) currently leads the aquatic ecology and water quality management group at Wageningen University. He is interested in unraveling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems.

Tara Vinodrai

Tara Vinodrai

Assistant professor, University of Waterloo

Tara Vinodrai is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management as well as an assistant director of the Economic Development Program (EDP) at the University of Waterloo.

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Robert Babin

Data Analyst, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

Robert holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of Waterloo. During his time at Waterloo, he developed the residential valuation sub-model for a regional land-market transportation microsimulation project.

Paul Fieguth

Paul Fieguth

Professor, University of Waterloo

Paul Fieguth is Professor and Department Chair in Systems Design Engineering, and a co-director of the Vision and Imaging Processing (VIP) Lab at the University of Waterloo.

Craig Janes

Craig Janes

Professor; Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Dr. Craig Janes is a medical anthropologist interested in and committed to social science approaches to public health and global health policy.

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Paul Thagard

Professor, University of Waterloo

Paul Thagard is a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and author of many interdisciplinary books. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, where he founded and directed the Cognitive Science Program. He is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (PhD in philosophy) and Michigan (MS in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Matto Mildenberger

Matto Mildenberger

Assistant professor, University of California Santa Barbara

Matto Mildenberger is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses on comparative climate policy and dynamics of public climate and energy opinions.

John Lang

John Lang

PhD student, University of Waterloo

John Lang is currently completing a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Hans De Sterck.

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Chrystopher Nehaniv

Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

Dr. Chrystopher Nehaniv is a professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Systems Design Departments at the University of Waterloo.

He is an accomplished senior researcher in mathematics of discrete complex systems. His research interests include Intelligent Systems and Software, Modeling, Simulation and Systems Theory.

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Kirsten Moy

Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute

Kirsten Moy is a Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Her most recent research initiative, conducted for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as a Visiting Scholar, focuses on the application of complexity science to community development.

Mike Batty

Mike Batty

Bartlett professor of planning, University College London

Mike Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). From 1990 to 1995, he was director of the National Science Foundation, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Ed Jernigan

Ed Jernigan

Professor, University of Waterloo

Ed Jernigan is a professor and former chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He joined Waterloo in 1976 after completing his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mohamed A. Tawhid

Mohamed A. Tawhid

Professor, Thompson Rivers University

Mohamed A. Tawhid got his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Maryland, U.S.A. From 2000 to 2002, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Currently, he is a full professor at Thompson Rivers University, B.C. Canada.

Jinny Tran

Undergraduate research assistant, UGC research group

Thesis

Tran, Jinny
Understanding developer’s decision making in the Region of Waterloo
School of Planning, University of Waterloo undergraduate thesis, 2017.

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Robert M. Cutler

Complex Organization & Decision Specialist

Robert M. Cutler is an energy consultant, political anyalyst, communications strategist and organizational designer. Beyond the theory of complex systems, his applications of complex-systems anaysis include international energy geo-economics and organizational resilience and antifragility, emphasizing evolutionary perspectives.