Speaker BIO

Derek Ruths is Associate Professor of Computer Science at McGill University and the co-founder President of Charitable Analytics International, an NGO advancing data science solutions for social good. In his research, Derek innovates responsible ways of using AI and large online data sets to measure and predict large-scale human behavior. As an industry and government advisor, he passionately supports the responsible and impactful use of AI and data science. Recent career highlights include leading the official impact assessment of the Canadian COVID Alert app, designing and deploying a transformational AI-powered health data solution in several East African countries, and preparing a 10-year AI strategy recommendation for the Canadian government. In his free time, he enjoys building LEGOs with his kids, consistently losing at Scrabble to his wife, and scuba diving.