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Carolyn McGregor

Dr. Carolyn McGregor

Canada Research Chair (Alumni) in Health Informatics, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carolyn McGregor has led pioneering research in Big Data analytics, cognitive computing, real-time stream processing, temporal data mining, patient journey modelling and cloud computing. She has evolved this research within the context of critical care medicine, mental health, astronaut health and military and civilian tactical training. Dr. McGregor received her BSc and her PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.



Steve Liang

Dr. Steve Liang

Director, GeoSensorWeb Laboratory and Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Steve Liang is a researcher, teacher, entrepreneur, and a global influencer of the Internet of Things (IoT) and geospatial technologies. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. Dr. Liang aims to empower any organization to grow the value of their sensor data exponentially. Dr. Liang is the chair of United Nation’s ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication Standardization Sector) working group on IoT data processing and management framework and architectures as well as the chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium SensorThings API standard working group. Organizations around the world are using these standards to build their IoT and geospatial applications.

Dr. Liang is also the founder and CEO of SensorUp Inc, a world-leading IoT platform company. Dr. Liang received numerous awards, including Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, AITF-Microsoft Industry Research Chair, and Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40.


Alys Brett

Alys Brett

Head of the Software Engineering Group, UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Keynote Speaker

Alys Brett is Head of the Software Engineering Group at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) which runs the UK’s national nuclear fusion research laboratory and related technology facilities. She studied physics and was involved in particle cosmology research before becoming a software developer, initially for the University of Oxford. Alys joined UKAEA ten years ago to work on experimental data systems for the Joint European Torus (JET) experiment – the largest fusion reactor in the world. She now leads the group providing data access, analysis and visualisation tools for JET and collaborating with scientists and engineers on software. Alys works to coordinate and improve how software is developed at UKAEA in fields ranging from plasma modelling to robotic control systems.

She became involved in the wider UK research software community through a fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute and is currently joint-chair of the UK Research Software Engineers Association working to improve access to software engineering expertise in research.