M.Math. (Computer Science), MBA
Charles is a seasoned technology business leader, with experience in building cross-functional teams to drive highly specialized technologies to markets. He has worked on large scale software products at major high tech companies including Microsoft Corporation and DSPC (Intel). He has also founded a data security company and has guided technology start ups in values and opportunities creation. Working with municipalities, transportation leaders and traffic engineering firms from various parts of the world today, he is helping to reshape and bring new insights to the world of traffic safety.
Charles has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Waterloo and an MBA in Management of Technology. He holds a patent in disaster recovery architecture and has a number of publications under his name.
Ph.D. Transportation Engineering
Luis is a specialist in traffic engineering in the area of traffic data collection and monitoring technologies and methods, as well as road safety. He received his PhD degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University. He has worked on many projects for various transportation agencies and major cities in North America such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Transport Canada, Mexican Ministry of Transportation, Quebec and Ontario Ministry of transportation, City of Toronto, City of Montreal, City of New York, and Mexico.
Ph.D. Transportation Engineering
Sohail has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran and a PhD degree in Transportation Engineering from McGill University. Sohail specializes in intelligent transportation systems, video processing and automated road safety evaluation. He has developed analytic algorithms and methodologies to extract road user movements and behavior from video data for automated monitoring and safety purposes.
Julie serves as the project manager at Brisk Synergies. She works closely with municipalities across Canada, US and Latin America to define project scopes and ensure timely deliveries. She has worked on numerous vision-based road safety projects including safety performance at intersections and improvement measurements at before/after interventions. Julie travels extensively and is fluent in English and French, and advanced in Spanish. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University, specializing in Transportation.
John has a background in platform development. Under his technical leadership, many companies have succeeded in designing and building high performance large scale platform solutions. He has worked at some of the world’s largest companies such as Microsoft and Oracle, and some of the world’s smallest. He has also co-founded a company that builds a smart energy saving platform.
John received his PhD from California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and was a silver medal recipient at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Bruce has over 20 years of senior product marketing management expertise assisting teams with successful commercialization of their software products and services.
He has spent the past few years assisting technology and healthcare start-ups across North America with business and channel development, go-to-market planning and demand generation strategies. Previously, he worked 12 years in senior product and channel marketing leadership positions with BlackBerry. As Senior Director, he led the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution marketing team that was responsible for product launch into new markets across Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He started his career working for 5 years at Hewlett-Packard as a UNIX Server Product Manager and Enterprise Systems Channel Account Manager.
Bruce has a Master of Business Administration degree from the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph.
Terezinha has over 14 years of B2B purchasing and selling experience. In previous roles, Terezinha has helped well established as well as disrupted organizations find and keep their valued clients. At Brisk Synergies, Terezinha is working with North American cities, counties, DOT’s, as well as engineering and consulting firms to increase road safety and mobility. Having worked with dozens of government agencies and road authorities, Terezinha understands the challenges and opportunities associated with developing and executing a complete streets plan and enjoys learning from traffic, transportation and road safety experts worldwide.
As a Client Engagement Manager at Brisk Synergies, Harpreet helps Departments of Transportation gain a strong understanding of leading edge technologies in road safety measures. He has over 25 years of experience working in high growth software companies with innovative technologies like Cognos, DNB and Vindicia and is a thought leader in the field of enterprise software and SaaS.
M.Sc. Electrical Engineering
Behnam serves as a Computer Vision Researcher at Brisk Synergies where he develops algorithms for improving road and traffic safety using automated video analytics. Behnam’s passion broadly lies in Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) and M.Sc. from McGill University. During his Master’s degree, he worked on a frame selection mechanism for surveillance videos at Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM).
Dr. Liping Fu is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Innovative Transportation System Solutions (iTSS) Lab at the University of Waterloo. He was the past Chair of Transportation of Division and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Dr. Fu has a long track record of research contributions to the areas of intelligent transportation systems, public transit, road safety, and winter road maintenance. Dr. Fu holds several international patents and software copyrights. He is the Principal Investigator of a large number of projects funded by NSERC, Transport Canada, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, City of Toronto, Region of Waterloo with many industry partners. Dr. Fu received Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)’s 2011 Academic Merit Award sponsored by Transport Canada for his long-term contribution to the advancement of the academic field and to the development of tomorrow’s transportation leaders.
Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
Lev is a passionate executive and entrepreneur who believes that technology can make our lives better.
In 2005, he co-founded Connexon Telecom (DBA 911 Enable), a software and cloud service company specialized in IP-based emergency solutions for enterprises and VoIP service providers. As president and general manager, Lev played a key role in identifying new business opportunities, managing product roadmaps, negotiating deals with Fortune 500 customers and partners, and developing sales and marketing strategies. The company became a market leader in its field, supported millions of subscribers, and won multiple awards for technological innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth. In late 2014, the company was sold to West Corporation (WSTC).
Lev has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University.
Dr. James Clark is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, and is the Director of the McGill Research Centre for Intelligent Machines. Prior to coming to McGill University in 1996, he was an Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He also spent two years as a visiting scientist at the Nissan Motors Inc. Cambridge Basic Research, studying visual cognition in driving. He has a substantial research track record, working in the areas of computer vision and visual attention modeling. His recent research work deals with using deep learning for traffic video analysis, quality assessment of cinematic stereo imagery, modeling visual attention in social images and video, and development of cognitive display enhancement algorithms. He has an extensive publication record with many highly cited papers, receiving many best paper prizes. In 2014 he was honoured with the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS/ACTIRF) Award for Research Excellence. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a licensed Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He is a General Chair for the International Conference on Computer Vision to be held in Montreal in 2021.