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Jacques Corbeil appointed to the prestigious IAB on Health Innovation (CIHR).

Congratulations to Arnaud Droit, recently appointed to the L’Oréal Research and Innovation Chair in Digital Biology.

Save the dates!

October 31, 2016: The Big Data Research Centre is hosting its second annual summit in collaboration with the Institute for Information Technologies and Societies (IITS), Calcul Québec, and the Montréal Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) at Université Laval.

November 1, 2016: Calcul Québec is organizing a training day at Université Laval. It will be divided into two half-days, the first on data analysis and visualization using Python, and the other on big data analysis using Spark.

Health Innovation

The Big Data Research Centre is taking part in three health innovation events organized by Hacking Health Québec in the run-up to the Health Innovation Marathon on November 4, 5, and 6, 2016, at Université Laval.

September 7, 2016, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Camp coworking space
September 21, 2016, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Université Laval
October 5, 2016, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (location to be determined)

The Health Innovation Marathon will be held in November in Québec City.

The marathon is the flagship event of the Hacking Health movement, bringing together programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, and promoters for a weekend of intensive teamwork to arrive at a technological solution (e.g., app, website, game) to a health issue.

For more information or to sign up, click go to


Jacques-Monod Conferences 2016

Researcher and centre member Christian Landry will act as vice chair for the session Evolutionary Genomics and Systems Biology: Bringing Together Theoretical and Experimental Approaches. The conference will be held in Roscoff, France, October 10 to 14, 2016.

Towards numerical and sustainable societies

October 30 and 31+ Novembre 1st 2017, 8h30 to 17h
Université Laval, pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, Grand Salon

Online subscription required
100$ (general admission) | 50$ (students)
* coffee breaks and end of day cocktails are included.

Additional information

Big Data 2016
Big Data and Innovation: An Overview

Opening Address
François Laviolette, Director, Big Data Research Centre (BDRC), Université Laval
Valérie Bécaert, Executive Director, Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), Université de Montréal-Polytechnique-HEC

Deep Learning: Principles and Prospects
Aaron Courville, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, Université de Montréal

Le Big Data : élément clef pour les prochaines percées en robotique intelligente?
Philippe Giguère, Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, Université Laval

Large-Scale Assortment Optimization with a Ranking-Based Choice Model
Sanjay Dominik Jena, Professor, Management and Technology Department, Université du Québec à Montréal, and
Hugo Palmer, master’s student with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision-Making, Polytechnique Montréal

Adaptative Data Analysis via Differential Privacy : General Tools For Post-Selection Inference
Aaron Roth, Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Surveillance de cybercriminels sur le Dark Web (in French)
Richard Khoury, Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Université Laval

Données massives et droit (in French)
Vincent Gautrais, Chairholder, L. R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law, Université de Montréal

Santé publique cyber : les mégadonnées à la base d'une nouvelle science (in French)
José Fernandez, Professor, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering Department, Polytechnique Montréal

Modélisation computationnelle de la signalisation cellulaire (in French)
Simon Hardy, Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Université Laval

Elcano : un prototype de moteur Big Data spatial basé sur Spark (in French)
Thierry Badard, Director, Centre for Research in Geomatics, Université Laval

Allocution : Des nouvelles de Calcul Québec / Canada (in French)
Marc Parizeau, Scientific Director, Calcul Québec

Closing Remarks
Paul Fortier, Director, Institute for Information Technologies and Societies (IITS), Université Laval

SAS Global Forum 2016

Two PhD students from our Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Aurélien Nicosia and Samuel Perreault) competed in a big data analytics competition hosted by the SAS Global Forum Student Symposium. Over 60 teams from universities across North America signed up, and the Aurélien/Samuel duo was one of eight teams to qualify and be invited to the SAS to present their solutions at the finals during the SAS Global Forum 2016 (#SASGF) in Las Vegas April 18 to 20.

Update: Aurélien and Samuel earn first place at the finals in Las Vegas!

Canada Research Chair

Congratulations to Christian Landry, the new chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Cell and Systems Biology.


Congratulations to Andrew Bedford, recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the IFIP Information Security and Privacy Conference 2016. His paper A Progress-Sensitive Flow-Sensitive Inlined Information-Flow Control Monitor, cowritten with Josée Desharnais, Nadia Tawbi, and a Harvard researcher, describes how to analyze program code to prevent data leaks by combining prior static analysis with dynamic analysis on execution. Andrew brilliantly displayed his work today in Ghent, Belgium.

GLBIO/CCBC 2016 Conference, the 11th Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference

Researcher and centre member Jacques Corbeil will be on the program committee for the conference, to be held May 16 to 19, 2016, at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. GLBIO/CCBC 2016 Conference, the 11th Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference

Conference : Big Data: Issues, Potential, Perspectives

Speaker: François Laviolette, Director, Université Laval Big Data Research Centre (BDRC)

Big data has become an essential part of any concept of building and transforming society using digital technology. The hopes and potential of this area are as numerous and broad as the challenges it entails. Professor François Laviolette from the Université Laval Computer Science and Software Engineering Department provides an overview of this new phenomenon, including related issues, the potential for research and innovation, and perspectives for the future.

The conference was presented on Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy (Gérard-Martin Room).


BDRC director François Laviolette spoke at the Big Data Summit Canada. His presentation was entitled Employing ML Solutions to Solve Big Data Problems. The summit was held in Toronto on February 17 and 18, 2016.

Big Data Summit 2015

The Challenge of Data Processing Summit was held on October 29, 2015. The speakers’ presentations are available below (most in French).


Qu'est-ce que le Centre de recherche en données massives de l'Université Laval?
François Laviolette, Director, Big Data Research Centre, Université Laval

Section 1 - Big Data and Bioinformatics

Les applications de la protéomique à haut-débit pour l'étude des interactions hôte-microbiome chez l'humain
Daniey Figeys, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Les nouveaux défis pour l'intégration et l'analyse des données génomiques
Arnaud Droit, Researcher, CHU de Québec Research Centre

Can we measure everything?
Jacques Corbeil, Chairholder, Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics, Université Laval

Allocution : Les données massives à Calcul Québec
Marc Parizeau, Scientific Director, Calcul Québec

Section 2 - Big Data and Unstructured Data Processing

Une forêt de données, une ressource à exploiter
Sophie D'Amours, Chairholder, Canada Research Chair in Planning Sustainable Forest Value Networks, Université Laval

Analyse des données d'utilisation dans un système de recherche d'information
Sébastien Paquet, Product Analyst (R&D), Coveo

Enjeux et défis de la prise en compte de la localisation dans les systèmes Big Data systems
Thierry Badard, Professor, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Université Laval

Section 3 - Big Data and Privacy

Protection statistique de la confidentialité des données
Anne-Sophie Charest, Professor, Faculty of Sciences and Engineering, Université Laval

Sécurité des applications and Sécurité des méthodes formelles
Nadia Tawbi, Professor, Faculty of Sciences and Engineering, Université Laval


L’UMR en sciences urbaines, un écosystème d'innovation dédié à l'efficience, la fluidité et la gouvernance urbaines governance
Sylvie Daniel, Scientific Committee researcher, Joint Research Unit in Urban Sciences

Closing remarks
Paul Fortier, Director, Institute for Information Technologies and Societies (IITS), Université Laval