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     Date Submitted:17-07-2012
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     Current job:Researcher / Project manager / Engineer
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsLooking for a challenging opportunity in projects development & management: from early design & conception phase to final deliverable functional products. My motto: always trying to provide best practices for achieving the delivery of agreed services.
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    Vitae Summary, Major Professional Realizations & Professional Profile Overview:


                                                                     ****_Summary_****

    Experience:

    Over 12 years of experience as software developer, extracurricular teacher for kids, trainer of computer software for adults, University lecturer and mentor, researcher scientist at Canadian research labs and projects manager of public-private partnership projects in defence & aerospace industry. Mehdi Najjar is a computer engineer who also holds a Master degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Informatics, both from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He has held various positions (1) in software development, as programmer, (2) in education and training, as (a) extracurricular teacher of computer courses for kids, (b) as a trainer of computer software for adults (vocational training) and (c) as a university lecturer and mentor at both undergraduate and graduate levels; (3) in scientific research, as a researcher scientist and (4) in projects management/supervision, as scientific/technical authority for public-private partnership projects.


                                                      ****_Major Professional Realizations_****
    After getting an engineer degree in Computer Engineering (and have worked as software developper for almost a year), a Master degree in Artificial Intelligence, and after finishing my PhD thesis – where I have proposed a novel cognitive computational knowledge representation approach which is inspired by psychological theories that explain the human cognitive activity in terms of memory subsystems and their processes (see reference 1) –, I have worked (in 2007) as a research scientist for the EMAT Laboratory (Canada), specialized in ambient intelligence Research and Development (R&D) and managed by Pr. Hamam, Canada research chair holder in intelligent mobile systems. I have developed a modular generic architecture for intelligent assistance to cognitively impaired people (see reference 2). In 2008, I have worked as a research scientist for the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Emerging Technologies (Canada), subsidiary of Bell Laboratories Corporation, specialized in human-computer interactions R&D. I have designed and implemented a computational model for deciphering the user cognitive intentions via Eye-Tracking devices and probabilistic algorithms (see reference 3). I have also worked for more than five years (2003-2008) as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) and I have also been the advisor/mentor of graduate and undergraduate students. I am actually (since 2009) a research scientist at the Operational Space Medicine division of the Canadian Space Agency where I am working on computational neurocognitive assessment of astronauts’ performance. In early 2009, I was asked to perform the data analysis and interpretation of astronauts and cosmonauts performance results obtained via an experimental simulator (named SMP). Developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), SMP aimed to study the robotic performance of the Canadarm2 operators in order to provide more insight into the individual on-orbit robotic skills degradation and recovery and, ultimately, recommendations and guidelines for an on-board training simulator that would allow astronauts measure, maintain and even improve their skills in space. The SMP project, started in 2000, comprised an experimental study that took place on-board the International Space Station during more than four years (2003-2007) with cosmonauts and astronauts tested in pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight conditions. Data analysis and interpretation (my duties) led to major conclusions and findings (see reference 4). These lessons learned have improved CSA expertise for the development of the next generation of performance assessment tools (named PRET). In late 2009, I was designated to develop PRET (as the project investigator and the technical/scientific authority). In mid 2011, The CSA’s Performance Readiness Evaluation Tool (PRET) was functional, fully tested and ready to use under operational contexts (see reference 5). In late 2012, PRET will be carried on-board Soyouz spacecraft and installed on-board the Russian segment of the International Space Station. The tool will be used in an experimental study that aims to detect variation of the neurocognitive readiness prior to perform critical tasks by astronauts and cosmonauts during long-duration space mission.
    * [References]:
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    1. Najjar, M. & Mayers, A. (2008). AURELLIO – A Semantic Procedural Episodic and Goal-based Cognitive Computational Knowledge Representation Theory. Chapter XVII. 26 pages. In Novel Approaches in Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence. [ISBN: 9781-605566-1704]. Wang, Y. (Ed). IGI Global Publishing. Hershey, PA, USA. (Book Chapter)
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    2. Najjar, M., Courtemanche, F., Hamam, H. & Mayers, A. (2010). DeepKover – An Adaptive Artful Intelligent Assistance System for Cognitively Impaired People. Applied Artificial Intelligence. 24(5):381-413. (Journal Paper)
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    3. Najjar, M. & Dufresne, A. (2008). Using Hidden Markov Processes to Model Users Intentions. The International Conference of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). April 27-30, Banff, Alberta, Canada. (Conference Paper)
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    4. Lange, C., Najjar, M., Gonthier, Y., Tomi, L. & Comtois, J.-M. (2009). SMP – An On-board Tool for Studying Astronauts Performance Evolution and Skills Degradation in Space. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments (HPEE). October 18-19, San Antonio, Texas, USA. (Conference Paper)
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    5. Najjar, M., Lange, C., Tomi, L., Comtois, J.-M., Morukov, B., Bubeev, Y., Salnitskiy, V. & Boritko, Y. (2011). A New Neurocognitive Assessment Tool for Space Missions – The Performance Readiness Evaluation Tool. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Perspectives on Human Behaviour Performance and International Space Station Crews. May 8-12, Anchorage, Alaska, USA. (Workshop Paper)

                                                                    *****_Detailed CV_*****
     

    Actual Position:
    - Research Scientist / Engineer / Trainer / Project Manager & Technical Authority
    * Company: Canadian Space Agency -- [Sector : Defense & Aerospace Industry]

    Education:
    - Post-Doc, Human-Computer Interaction [2008] (U. of Montreal, Canada)
    - Post-Doc, Smart Homes & Ambient Intelligence [2007] (U. of Moncton, Canada)
    - Ph. D., Computer Science, Cognitive Informatics [2006] (U. of Sherbrooke, Canada)
    - M. Sc., Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence [2001] (U. of Sherbrooke, Canada)

    Professional Experience:
    - Research Scientist / Engineer / Simulator Trainer / Project Technical Authority at the Canadian Space Agency: (2009 – Present).
    • Task(s):
    o Design, Validation, Quality Assurance & Documentation of 3D virtual reality simulators.
    o Selection, adaptation, embedding and scientific validation of performance tests within 3D virtual reality simulators.
    o C/C++, Java, Matlab, SPSS source code programming.
    o Training scenarios analysis, data analysis, users profiles analysis.
    o Performance assessment, cognitive readiness evaluation.
    o Managing sub-contractors, defining "Statements of Work"
    o Scientific/Technical Authority for pojects managment and realization
    - Research Scientist at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Emerging Technologies: 01/2008 – 12/2008.
    • Task(s):
    o Project realization: Computational modelling of users/learners intentions deciphering via eye-tracking devices and probabilistic algorithms.
    - Research Scientist at EMAT Laboratory: 09/2006 – 12/2007.
    • Task(s):
    o Project realization: Modular and generic architecture of assisting cognitively/memory impaired people.
    - Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sherbrooke: 04/2003 – 12/2008.
    • Task(s):
    o Teaching courses (computer science/engineering) at the undergraduate level.
    o Research advisor/mentor of graduate/undergraduate students.
    - Teaching assistant at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sherbrooke: 01/2001 – 08/2001.
    • Task(s):
    o Teaching Lab/Practical courses (computer science/engineering) at the undergraduate level.
    - Teacher/trainer at FutureKids Inc: 06/1999 – 10/1999.
    • Task(s):
    o Teaching courses (computer science) and training on software (for kids).
    - Teacher/trainer at PrimatGest Ltd: 09/1998 – 05/1999:
    • Task(s):
    o Teaching courses (computer science) and training on software (for adult).
    - IT Technician at Tanit Computing: 07/1998 – 08/1998.
    • Task(s):
    o Network maintenance, software installation.
    - Software developer at MIT Informatics: 01/1998 – 06/1998.
    • Task(s):
    o C++ / Java software design, implementation and testing.
     


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