The School of Information Studies welcomes new faculty members Dr. Benjamin Fung, Dr. Ilja Frissen & Dr. M. Max Evans


Professor France Bouthillier, Director of the School of Information Studies (SIS) is pleased to welcome three new faculty members:

  • Dr. Benjamin Fung joined SIS as an Associate Professor in September 2013. Dr. Fung holds a PhD, an MSc, and a BSc in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University and is a licensed professional engineer in software engineering. As well, Dr. Fung is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) at Concordia University, and a Research Scientist of the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada). He is currently leading the Data Mining and Security Lab at the McGill School of Information Studies.

    Dr. Fung’s research interests include data mining and databases, information security and privacy, information sharing and integration, and cloud computing. His research has been supported in part by the Discovery Grants and Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), and Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), and National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA)Canada. Dr. Fung’s data mining works in crime data mining and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide.
  • Dr. Ilja Frissen joined SIS as an Assistant Professor in August 2013. Dr. Frissen holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from Maastricht University, also in the Netherlands. He has also completed postdoctoral research at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes (IRCCyN) in Nantes (France), McGill University School of Information Studies, and at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Multisensory Perception and Action Group in Tübingen, Germany. Other research activities include “CyberWalk: Enabling Omni-directional Walking in Virtual Worlds”, an international project funded by the European Commission. Dr. Frissen’s research focuses on multisensory perception, multimodal cognition, human-computer interaction, auditory perception and cognition, and spatial information interaction.
  • Dr. M. Max Evans joined SIS as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Information Studies (Knowledge Management), Collaborative Program (PhD) in Knowledge Media Design, and a MISt (Information Systems), Collaborative Program (MISt) in Knowledge Media Design, both from the University of Toronto, and a BS in Marketing (International Business) with a Minor in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. His research area is related to the strategic management of information and knowledge, with a specific focus on human and social factors influencing knowledge sharing. Dr. Evans’ academic experience includes designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic management, innovation, business process reengineering, technology management, information system analysis and design, information architecture, and decision-making. His professional experience includes working in investor relations, marketing, project management, operations analysis, system design, and technology deployment. 
    Dr. Evans is an associated researcher at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), where he is involved in a global research study focusing on human and social factors in knowledge management. He is also presently working with the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre (along with other researchers, students, artists, and designers) to build a visual display (exhibit) of his doctoral research findings. As part of designing the exhibit, he is exploring how the concept of knowledge is understood and represented through visual and textual abstraction.
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