Special Advisor to the President (Data Strategy) & Associate Professor, Western University
Compute Ontario Board Chair
Mark Daley is the Special Advisor to the President (Data Strategy) and an Associate Professor in the Computer Science, Biology, and Statistics & Actuarial Science Departments, a Principal investigator at the Brain and Mind Institute. He is also the SHARCNET Research Chair in biocomputing and is the chairman of the board of directors of Compute Ontario. Mark also holds an adjunct appointment in the computer science department at the University of Saskatchewan.
Mark is a mathematician and theoretical computer scientist by training and spent his early career contributing to both the theoretical foundations of computing and to the formal mathematical modelling of biological processes. In 2011, Mark took an education leave to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience and has since expanded his research endeavors to include data-driven mathematical modelling in neuroimaging and computational physiology.
Mark has a strong relationship with IBM in which he has led a high profile research initiative applying real-time streaming analytics, based on IBM’s Infosphere Streams technology, to the network analysis of fMRI data. Mark has also been involved in accelerating MR motion correction using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and has a working relationship with IBM’s Austin and TJ Watson labs.
In 2013, Mark was chosen as one of the inaugural University of Toronto Science Leadership Fellows and has been active in both public science policy (as a member of the Ottawa-based Partnership Group for Science & Engineering), the management and governance of high-performance computing in Canada and as a contributor to steering computational biology and bioinformatics funding programs at Genome Canada.