Professor at the Department of Computer Science


Esma Aïmeur is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Montreal. She is the Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity laboratory. She obtained her Ph.D. in computer science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Paris 6 (France). She works on privacy and security, applying artificial intelligence techniques to manage personal data in e-Learning, Finance, and Medicine. Her most recent research focuses on online deception, fake news, ethics of artificial intelligence, social networks, security awareness, recommender systems, and privacy preservation. She was the director of a Master in Electronic Commerce, a joint program between HEC Montréal, the Faculty of Law, and the Department of Computer Science for 10 years. She was appointed a member of the Data Protection Advisory Committee of the University of Montreal. Her responsibilities include helping to improve policies and decision-making in cyber education by providing best practices to protect personal data. In 2018, she was among the experts consulted by the development committee of the Montreal Declaration of Responsible Artificial Intelligence. In 2019, she was the representative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) on the panel “Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative: building competitive and resilient economies and Societies through Responsible AI”. She was the PC co-chair of FPS, the 14th International Symposium on Foundations & Practice of Security, Paris, France, 2021, and Guest Editor of the special issue “Understanding and Mitigating Online Deception”, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, ‘AI for Human Learning and Behavior Change 2021. She was also PC chair of the track “Toward Adaptive Systems that Care: Privacy, Fairness and Transparency” of the 27th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization. (ACM UMAP 2021), Cyprus, 2021. Since 2021, she chairs the annual "IJCAI workshop on Adverse Impacts and Collateral Effects of Artificial Intelligence Technologies” (AIofAI). In 2023 it was held in Macao, China. In 2022 she participated in the University of Montreal’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Artificial Intelligence with three capsules (Learning bias, anonymity, and ethics of artificial intelligence). She is currently associate editor for Ai-Open, IEEE Transactions on Big Data, and for Artificial Intelligence for Human Learning and Behavior Change. She is a newly appointed regular member of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Society.

Speaker on

The New Facets of Cybersecurity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Keynote AI Today & Tomorrow
02/09/2024 | 09:40 - 10:05 | The Ambassadors Theatre