Key Staff


Dr. Byron Chu
Callysto Project Manager
Data Scientist, Cybera

Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and network-enabled projects. As a burgeoning data scientist, Byron is interested in the intersection of data analysis and storytelling, and how numbers can inform on every level of society: from networks and the environment, to the health issues we could potentially face.

Dr. Cathy Adams
Department of Secondary Education, Computing Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Drawing on links between phenomenology, pedagogy, and philosophy of technology and media scholarship, Dr. Adams’ research program addresses digital technology integration across K-12 and post-secondary educational environments; ethical and pedagogical issues involving digital media in schools; Phenomenology, Actor-Network Theory, and related sociomaterial approaches to qualitative inquiry (e.g. interviewing objects); and K-12 Computing Science curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Adams is affiliated with the Faculty of Education’s Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS). She was recently appointed as a board member of Mitacs Research Council (MRC). She has served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, and more recently joined the editorial executive of the open access journal, Phenomenology and Practice.

Dr. Ian Allison
Systems and Network Manager, PIMS

Ian Allison has a Master in Science in Mathematics and Physics, and a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Glasgow. He has worked in High Performance Computing, as well as System and Network management for over 10 years and is responsible for creating and operating the syzygy.ca JupyterHub service.

Professor James Colliander
Director, PIMS

James Colliander is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia and serves as the Director of PIMS. Colliander is an award winning teacher with an active research program at the interface of partial differential equations, harmonic analysis and dynamical systems. Colliander is also the Founder and CEO of Crowdmark, an education technology company with investors including MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto.

Maria Cutumisu
Callysto Research Assessment Team Lead

Dr. Maria Cutumisu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta, in the area of Measurement, Evaluation, and Data Science. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta. Her research draws on computing science and education and is funded by NSERC and SSHRC grants. She graduated with an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta and she trained as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include computational thinking and serious games, as well as the application of psychophysiological techniques (e.g., eye-tracking and electrodermal activity measures) to understanding students’ learning processes and memory using online game-based assessments.Cut

Meagan Hampel
Communications Director, Cybera

An expert in technology communications, Meagan is well-experienced in translating complex topics into stories that can be understood by the general population. She spent four years as a science reporter in London, UK, covering research and industry breakthroughs. Meagan has led Cybera’s communications team since 2014, and has launched several new programs, events, and media platforms to increase awareness of the company’s many digital initiatives. She strongly believes in the power of innovation for social good, and is excited to continue promoting Cybera’s message to the world.

Professor Michael Lamoureux
Innovation Coordinator, PIMS

Michael Lamoureux is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Calgary who serves as the Innovation Coordinator of PIMS. Lamoureux has previously served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary. Lamoureux has an active research program at the interface of harmonic analysis, wave propagation, and numerical methods with applications to problems in geoscience. Courses in complex variables and industrial mathematics leveraging Jupyter have been developed and delivered by Lamoureux.

Lamoureux is also the lead author of an e-book on Jupyter and the platform’s usage in teaching and research.

David Hay 
Callysto Ambassador for Alberta

David has undergraduate degrees in science and education, and a master’s degree in education. He is currently working for Cybera on a one-year leave from Elk Island Public Schools where he has been a Grade 6 teacher, an educational technology consultant, and a high school physics teacher.

Professor Richard Hoshino
Mathematics Professor, Quest University & Callysto Ambassador for British Columbia

Richard is a mathematics professor at Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC. He has published 32 research papers, including two that received the Deployed Application Award from the world’s largest Artificial Intelligence research society. In 2017, Richard became the youngest-ever recipient of the Adrien Pouliot Award, a lifetime recognition for significant and sustained contributions to math education in Canada.