Visiting Fellows

a map of the world showing home locations for past and current Visiting Fellows in western Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Australia, Israela map of the world showing the home locations of our current and previous visiting fellows


The Western Academy facilitates collaborations with internationally recognized and emerging scholars, thinkers and leaders.  Drawn from different communities and nationalities across Canada and the world, Western Academy Visiting Fellows enrich research themes by introducing new perspectives and ways of thinking about humanity's greatest challenges.

Current and Upcoming Visiting Fellows


 

Katharine Willis

Katharine Willis
School of Art, Design, and Architecture, University of Plymouth (Plymouth, UK)

Theme 4:  Interdisciplinary Research to Address Technical and Social Barriers in Smart Cities and Communities
JulyAugust 2024

A leading expert in smart cities and communities, Dr. Katharine Willis brings insights into how technologies connect with the places where we live. Dr. Willis is particularly interested in social and digital inclusion, and in how smart city technologies may be used to encourage citizen participation.

As a Professor of Smart Cities and Communities at the University of Plymouth (Plymouth, UK), Dr. Willis developed Smart City Futures, a graduate-level program that trains future leaders in smart city design. Currently, she is a member of the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the United Nations that focusses on information and communication technologies.

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Dr. Paola Giudicianni

Paola Giudicianni
Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (Naples, Italy)

Theme 3:  Nature-Inspired Solutions for Carbon Transformation
JulyAugust 2024

Dr. Paola Giudicianni is a recognized expert in the chemical and physical characterization of biomass, a renewable energy source that is derived from plants.  She has also made contributions to the study of chemical and physical pre-treatments and thermochemical conversion processes (including torrefaction, pyrolysis, and gasification). Currently, Dr. Giudicianni is a researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR) at the Institute of Science and Technologies for Sustainable Energy and Mobility, which a public research entity in Italy.

Dr. Giudicianni contributes extensive knowledge about new and innovative downstream processing technologies for biomass. Her research explores the role of sustainable and economical production chains, especially on-site production of biochar, in improving the circularity of waste processing methods.

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Dr. Mojtaba Jarrahi

Mojtaba Jarrahi
Université Paris-Saclay (Saclay, France)

Theme 3:  Nature-inspired solutions for carbon transformation

JulyAugust 2024

Microalgae is gaining attention as a potential source for carbon capture and sequestration. Dr. Mojtaba Jarrahi (Université Paris-Saclay) specializes in algae's biophysical behaviour in fluids.  He is interested in microalgae's potential applications in many different industries (e.g., pharmaceutical, nutracutical, water treatment, and renewable energy).

Dr. Jarrahi has also studied cyanobacteria as a possible source for biofuel, a renewable energy source drawn from agricultural or industrial biowaste.  

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Dr. Jalel Ben-Othman

Jalel Ben Othman
Université Sorbonne Paris Nord (Villetaneuse, France)

Theme 4:  Interdisciplinary Research to Address Technical and Social Barriers in Smart Cities and Communities
Fall 2024 (TBA)

Dr. Jalel Ben Othman (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord) is a leading researcher in mobility management and traffic forecasting in the urban environment, as well as mobility modelling for multi-lane highways. A noted expert on security in wireless networks, Dr. Ben Othman's areas of interest include mobility management in urban environments, wireless adhoc and sensor networks, and IoT. His work appears in IEEE ICC, Globecom, LCN, VTC, and PIMRC.

Dr. Ben Othman is an editoral board member of Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Inderscience International Journal of Satellite Communications Policy and Management. He serves as an Associate Editor of Wiley International Journal of Communication Systems.

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Damien Batstone

Damien Batstone
Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biology, University of Queensland (St. Lucia, Australia)

Theme 3:  Nature-Inspired Solutions for Carbon Transformation
TBA

Dr. Damien Batstone is an internationally recognized expert in water resource recovery, anaerobic digestion, and photobioreactor design. Currently he serves as the Director of the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biology, a world-leading water research group at the University of Queensland, and is an active member of the International Water Association.

Dr. Batstone brings a wealth of experience related to photobioreactors and phototropic bacteria for wastewater treatment. He was among the first to consider purple phototrophic bacteria for these applications and has commissioned a number of successful pilot reactors based on his research. Dr. Batstone provides critical expertise in the area of photobioreactor design and process modelling.

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Past Visiting Fellows

Lucy Jones, Seismologist; Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, Pasadena, CA, USA
Theme 2:  Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Buildings | January, May, November 2023; March 2024

Becky Denlinger, Deputy Minister (ret.), Emergency Management, Ministry of Public Safety, Province of British Columbia, Victoria, BC
Theme 2:  Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Buildings | January, May, November 2023

Christian Maire, Franche-Comté Electronics Mechanics Thermal Science and Optics – Sciences and Technologies (FEMTO-ST), Besançon, France
Theme 1:  Mathematics of Neural Networks | JuneAugust 2023

Frédéric Chavane, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Marseille, France
Theme 1:  Mathematics of Neural Networks | April 2023

Alex Lubotzky, Hebrew University, Weismann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Theme 1:  Mathematics of Neural Networks | April 2023

Maria Chudnovsky, Princeton University, Princeton, USA
Theme 1:  Mathematics of Neural Networks | February 2023