Faculty

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Optimization; heuristic search; constraint programming; scheduling; hybrid algorithms; dynamic and uncertain problems; problem modeling.

Laboratory: Toronto Intelligent Decision Engineering Laboratory (TIDEL)

Email: jcb@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-8854 | Office: BA8126

Research Areas

  1. Operations Research
  2. Information Engineering

Biosketch

J. Christopher Beck is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto in 1999 on the topic of knowledge-based heuristic search algorithms for constraint-directed scheduling. Chris then spent three years on the Scheduler Team at ILOG, SA (now part of IBM) in Paris, France, developing industrial constraint-directed scheduling software. He then was a Staff Scientist at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre in Cork, Ireland for two years. Since 2004, he has been at the University of Toronto. Professor Beck’s research interests continue to include scheduling, heuristic search, and constraint programming but have widened to include hybrid optimization combining mixed-integer programming and constraint programming, constraint integer programming, optimization under uncertainty, queueing theory, online algorithms, and multi-agent negotiation for coupled combinatorial optimization problems.

Professor Beck holds editorial positions at the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research; Constraints (Letters Editor); Constraint Programming Letters; the Knowledge Engineering Review; and the Mathematical Programming Glossary. Chris has served as program chair or chair of four international conferences and symposia and is the President-Elect of the Executive Council for the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling.

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Human factors approaches to information technology; mobile computing; healthcare ergonomics; social computing; advanced user interface design; smart internet and personal web. Applications to healthcare and e-commerce.

Laboratory: Interactive Media Lab

Email: chignell@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-8951 | Office: BA8171A

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering
  2. Human Factors/Ergonomics

Biosketch

Mark Chignell has been a member of the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering faculty since 1990. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California from 1984 to 1990. Professor Chignell taught in the Psychology Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia from 1980 to 1982. He has a PhD in Psychology (University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1981), and an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). He is currently the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto, and the BUL Chair in Human Computer Interaction. He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto since 2002 and he was a visiting scientist at Keio University from 2005 to 2010.

Professor Chignell has co-authored books on expert systems and intelligent databases (published by John Wiley & Sons) and he has co-edited three books. He has many journal and conference papers on topics such as hypertext and information retrieval, user interface design and healthcare applications. His research has been funded by the Bell University Laboratories, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, TELUS, Oki Corporation, Ricoh Corporation, and Apple Computer. He has founded two start-up companies, and currently runs Vocalage Inc., a high tech consulting and product development firm.

Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Data management and the web; big data and analytics; linked data on the web; data visualization; information retrieval; data modelling; business process engineering; privacy and healthcare data management; autonomic systems.

Email: consens@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-8851 | Office: BA8128

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering

Biosketch

Mariano Consens received his PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. He also holds a Computer Systems Engineer degree from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. Professor Consens has over 60 publications, including journal publications selected from best conference papers and several patents.

Professor Consens has been a faculty member in Information Engineering in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, since 2003. Before that, he was research faculty member at the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, from 1994 to 1999. In addition, he has been active in the software industry as a founder, director, and CTO of a couple of software start-ups. He was as a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo! Research during his sabbatical, and is currently a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies in Toronto.