Marc-Antoine is professor of philosophy at the Université de Montréal, associate member of Mila, and holds the CIFAR Chair in AI ethics (he held the Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics and Political Theory 2014-2019, SHRCC). Since 2013, he has been Director of Ethics and Politics at the Centre de recherche en éthique (Center for Ethics, Montréal). He specialized in theories of democracy and social justice, as well as in questions of applied ethics. His current research focuses on the ethical and social impacts of AI and issues of governance and institutional design, with a particular focus on how new technologies are changing public relations and political structures. In 2017, he instigated the project of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI, and chaired its scientific committee.
Marc-Antoine Dilhac is co-director of Deliberation at the Observatory on the social impacts of AI and digital technologies (OBVIA). He sits on the AI Advisory Council of the Government of Canada.
He holds a PhD in political philosophy from the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and was awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (SHRCC).
The members of Algora
In alphabetical order
Researcher in AI Governance
Camylle is a Researcher in AI Governance at Algora Lab. She is a Research Manager and Researcher in AI Ethics at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, and is part of the steering committee for the Zone d’innovation IA santé project. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University, and has a Bachelor’s in Honours Philosophy from McGill University. She also has extensive experience working and volunteering in the environment and waste management sector at the municipal level.
As a result, her research interests revolve around AI policy and governance (in Quebec, Canada, and internationally), AI ethics, as well as how these topics intersect with environmental policy and ethics. She is one of three researchers working on “SECure”, a project that aims to create a certification process for socially and environmentally responsible AI systems.
Postdoctoral fellow, Senior Analyst
Carl is currently postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal and Mila, and has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA).
He is a lecturer and adjunct professor at UQÀM (Montréal, Canada). His research is oriented towards the creation of AI Ethics Tools. His objective is to contribute to the concrete application of high-level ethical principles by developing lists of standards in high-risk areas (Health, Finance).
In general, he is interested in the responsible development of technologies in society, health care and psychology. He co-created canadaprotocol.com, an open access tool for AI developers working in Mental Health. He is also working on the ethical evaluation of free mobile applications and on the concept of moral competence in AI. Finally, he is leading “Reach Me” an m-health project to improve pregnant women’s access to prenatal services, using text messaging.
He holds a M.Psy. (ICP, France), and a Ph.D. in Psychology (UQÀM, Canada). Since October 2019, he is actively involved in the organisation of the AI Civic Forum.
Fatima Gabriela Salazar Gomez
Responsible for citizen mobilization
Fatima has a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is pursuing a master’s degree in research-creation in the department of communication at the University of Montreal. She is particularly interested in her thesis about the issues of representation of people of colors and community art as a form of citizen participation.
Since 2019, she has been working as a consultant for the MTElles project which aims at the equal participation of women in municipality and community life. Her participation in the project allowed her to acquire a better knowledge of the systems of governance and citizen participation within the city of Montreal. In particular, she participated in the evaluation and development of inclusive and intercultural practices for various boroughs.
As an anti-racist and decolonial feminist activist, she has at heart the issues of representation and inclusion of BIPOC, especially women. In 2019, she initiated and coordinated a citizen contribution activity with the research team ERASME. Bringing together thirty citizens, practitioners and researchers, the project took part of the public consultation on racism and systemic discrimination in the City of Montreal.
Within the AI Civic Forum project, she hopes to put to good use her expertise on citizen participation, social inclusion and social issues relating to people of colors.
Lucia Flores Echaiz
Holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Minor in Philosophy.
Lucia holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Minor in Philosophy. She is currently completing aMaster’s degree in Law and Society at Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her research explores how AI systems can lead to discrimination of vulnerable populations and how Canadian constitutional law responds to this issue.
Her academic path is marked by a continuous social involvement in various projects related to human rights protection, which earned her the Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré scholarship and the Natasha Binsse-Masse award. She also has experience in domestic violence intervention at a women’s shelter.
In 2019, Lucia had the opportunity to conduct research at UNESCO regarding AI ethics (especially on AI and human rights as well as AI and gender), which concluded in the co-authorship of the Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies: a ROAM perspective publication. Her research interests include AI ethics, continental philosophy of technology, theories of discrimination, as well as feminist and decolonial perspectives. She wishes to bring her theoretical expertise and social justice dedication to different projects at Algora.
Pauline is the coordinator of ALGORA, an interdisciplinary lab deliberating digital innovation ethics and creating dialogues between AI experts, civil society and citizens.
Passionate about the issues of representation, participation and deliberation, her role is to develop deliberative workshops between different stakeholders on the algorithmic society or algodemocracy. She was a member of the steering committee of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI, an ethical framework for inclusive, fair and responsible AI deployment. She organized numerous deliberative workshops in Montreal in marginalized communities.
She holds a double bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a master’s degree in political and moral philosophy from University of Montreal. In her research, she is interested in the gender issue within the AI and has notably worked on her master’s thesis on the ethical issues of sexual robotics from a feminist critical perspective. Very concerned about the issues of representation of women and minorities, she chaired for two years the Sofépum (Societies Feminism and Philosophies of University of Montreal), a committee aimed at the inclusion of women and minorities in the academic life of the philosophy department.
More recently, she has been working on the concept of vulnerability in the field of AI and particularly on the issue of the relationship between humans and AI.
Doctoral Student, Mila
Vincent Mai is a Ph.D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence at Mila. His research focuses on the application of AI techniques in robotics. As part of the Algora team, he hopes that his technical knowledge in AI can contribute to the lab’s mission.
He has always been interested in how technologies impact society. He believes in the benefits of education and deliberation about AI and its uses.
He had the opportunity to take part in the development of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI, from the deliberations to the redaction of the report. He has also been involved in several other projects, such as a robotics summer school in Ghana or a student thinking group about the use of AI at the workplace.
He holds a Masters degree in Robotics from ETH Zurich and an engineering degree from Polytechnique Montreal.
In alphabetical order
Member of Algora Labs - 2019
Member of Algora Labs - 2019