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Thursday January 18th, 2017


6:30 - 6:45 PM  Pizza / drinks and networking

6:45 - 8:15 PM  Technical talk

8:15 - 8:30 PM Q&A and networking


School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Room 5084
University of Ottawa
800 King Edward Ave

registration is required; please register here


Risk-Aware Decision Support for Critical Infrastructure Protection using Multi-Objective Optimization


Nicolas Primeau Inc



Uncertainty is the root of all situational risk. Yet uncertainty remains an ambiguous, fuzzy, far from solved concept. Multiple approaches exist to reduce the consequences of unwanted events, such as reducing their likeliness, predicting their likelihood, or mitigating their effects. However, all of these approaches require computational methods that can handle ambiguous situations that may or may not have a single correct solution. In the end, these methods must be combined into closed loop systems that can be used by organizations to reduce their own situational uncertainty.

This talk will discuss decision support systems for risk management, multi-objective optimization, and interfaces through which these systems can interact with the physical world, such as wireless sensor networks and the internet of things. It will first present important concepts on each of these topics, then delve into three scenarios of increasing complexity pertaining to critical infrastructure protection where these tools are used. As research in many of these topics is nascent, these is no clear roadmap on how these tools can be properly used. Consequently, the talk will end with lessons learnt in the research endeavours that yielded these scenarios, and advice for future research.

Speaker Biography

Nicolas Primeau received his B.A.Sc. (2015) and M.A.Sc. (2017) in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. His research interests included wireless sensor networks, computational intelligence, decision support systems for risk management, and multi-objective optimization. He joined, Inc. in 2017 where he is currently involved in developing Amazon's Alexa services.


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