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Nathalie Japkowicz is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of the Laboratory for Research on Machine Learning for Defense and Security at the University of Ottawa.
Recently she has been elected the President of the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association.
Professor Japkowicz received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1999.
After teaching at Ohio State University and Dalhousie University, she accepted a position at the University of Ottawa in 2000 where she has worked ever since, except for academic leaves at Monash University (Australia), Tufts University (USA) and Northern Illinois University (USA). Throughout her career, she has supervised or co-supervised over thirty Master’s and Ph.D. students. She has received a number of grants and contracts totaling over a million dollars in direct outside funding.
She is the author or co-author of over 100 book chapters, articles and papers and she co-authored the book entitled Evaluating Learning Algorithms: A Classification Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2011). In the past five years, she and her students have received two best paper awards at conferences.
Recent applications of her research include: the monitoring of threats to public safety by detecting Gamma-emitting hazardous materials, the detection of underwater mines or improvised explosive devices with multiple autonomous unmanned vehicle operations, the monitoring of international conformation to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and the detection of serious threats to computer networks.