Management team

Marc-Antoine Dilhac

Marc-Antoine Dilhac

Scientific director

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).

marc-antoine.dilhac@umontreal.ca

Pauline Noiseau

Pauline Noiseau

Scientific Coordinator

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.

pauline.noiseau@umontreal.ca

Team

In alphabetical order

Camylle Lanteigne

Camylle Lanteigne

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.

Carl Mörch

Carl Mörch

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.

carl.morch@umontreal.ca

Fatima Gabriela Salazar Gomez

Fatima Gabriela Salazar Gomez

Knowledge Mobilization Officer | Citizen Mobilization Manager | EDI Manager

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.

fatima.gabriela.salazar.gomez@umontreal.ca

Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon

Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon

Postdoctoral fellow

Jean-Christophe is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) under the supervision of Daniel Weinstock and Marc-Antoine Dilhac. He is also Visiting Researcher at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Bioethicist by training, his research lies at the interface of health policies, citizen and patient engagement in research and health governance, as well as business practices. His professional experience, working for both the pharmaceutical industry and the government, provided him with an insider’s understanding of the ethical, policy and social dimensions of health technology development and assessment.

Jean-Christophe uses both empirical and conceptual bioethics methodologies. As part of his research, he makes recommendations on the appropriate management and resolution of ethical issues for health regulators and industry decision-makers.

Starting January 2021, he will be Assistant Professor in Health Ethics at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Simon Fraser University.

Lucia Flores Echaiz

Lucia Flores Echaiz

AI ethics researcher

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.

Quentin Patault

Quentin Patault

Algora Lab Web Communication Manager

Concerned about the craze around artificial intelligence in every industries and its misuse as a keyword in business marketing, Quentin was immediately interested in being part of the team at Algora Lab.

Graduated in Information Technology Engineering, he is specialized in Transport / Internet / Videos technologies. He currently works as a project manager in telecommunications engineering at Videotron.

His education at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), included an introduction to deep learning with tools like Anaconda, Google Collab using the Python language. Quentin has worked with libraries such as Numpy, Pandas, Matplotlib, SciPy and TensorFlow in particular.

Vincent Mai

Vincent Mai

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.

vincent.mai@umontreal.ca

Associate researchers

In alphabetical order

Catherine Régis

Catherine Régis

Christophe Abrassart

Christophe Abrassart

Golnoosh Farnadi

Golnoosh Farnadi

Assistant Professor, HEC Montreal

Golnoosh obtained her PhD from KU Leuven and UGent in 2017. During her PhD, she addressed several problems in user modeling by applying and developing statistical machine learning algorithms. She later joined the LINQS group of Lise Getoor at UC Santa Cruz, to continue her work on learning and inference in relational domains. She is currently a post-doctoral IVADO fellow at UdeM and Mila, working with professor Simon Lacoste-Julien and professor Michel Gendreau on fairness-aware AI. She will be joining the decision sciences department at HEC Montréal as an assistant professor this Fall.
She has been a visiting scholar at multiple institutes such as UCLA, University of Washington, Tacoma, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft Research, Redmond. She has had successful collaborations that are reflected in her several publications in international conferences and journals. She has also received two paper awards for her work on statistical relational learning frameworks. She has been an invited speaker and a lecturer in multiple venues and the scientific director of IVADO/Mila “Bias and Discrimination in AI” online course.

Sasha Luccioni

Sasha Luccioni

Postdoctoral researcher at Mila

Sasha Luccioni is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on AI for Humanity initiatives at Université de Montréal and Mila, under the supervision of Yoshua Bengio. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Computing from UQÀM in 2018 and spent two years working in Machine Learning, specifically in applying Deep Learning and NLP to different industrial applications. She is highly involved in community initiatives, serving on the Research and Policy Committee of Women in Machine Learning (WiML) and as the Content Chair of Climate Change AI (CCAI).

Young researchers

In alphabetical order

Gabrielle Verreault

Gabrielle Verreault

Intern

Gabrielle is a Master’s candidate in Bioethics at the Université de Montréal. Her main interests are artificial intelligence ethics and digital ethics.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, it is under the direction of Bryn Williams-Jones that she seeks to operationalize the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI in an entrepreneurial context. She is particularly interested in the thriving community of startups – which are abundant in Montreal – and challenges herself to instill a culture of ethics in this vibrant environment.

It is also by her involvement at Inven_T that she is always pushing further into this passion for the technological ecosystem. Raised by two teachers, she has education as a strong value, and makes knowledge transfer, public communication and the promotion of digital literacy her priorities in her professional and academic endeavours.

Previous members

In alphabetical order

Jihane Lamouri

Jihane Lamouri

Member of Algora Labs - 2019

Nathalie Voarino

Nathalie Voarino

Member of Algora Labs - 2019