Dr. Chris Venour, Computer Scientist

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Chris Venour has a PhD in Computer Science from
the University of Aberdeen.  His research in Artificial
Intelligence explores how computers can use corpus
statistics, clustering and vector spaces to recognize
and generate a specific kind of humorous incongruity.
This is leading-edge research into the automated
extraction of very subtle information from speech
and text.

Salience Analyst

As a contractor for Salience Analytics, Chris designs and
develops software. His work with Salience includes:

· Design and programming of visualizations using Java, PHP, Javascript, MySQL, REST, KML and the Google Earth API to visualise Air Domain Awareness for Canada's Air Force, under contract to Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier.

· Creation of a system for automating anomaly detection in the Maritime environment. The system automatically retrieves and collates shipping data, creates an OWL ontology from this information, uses a Reasoner to automatically search for anomalies in the ontology, and displays these anomalies in a Google Earth visualization of the Maritime domain.

· Integration of a hyperspectral program into the Hyperspectral Operational Support Tools (HOST) system for DRDC Valcartier.

Other Expertise

· Machine Learning: Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Convolutional Neural Networks, Tensorflow, Keras, Principal Components Analysis, Natural Language Processing (i.e. Computational Linguistics)

· Internet of Things: AVR programming (i.e. programming micro-controllers such as the ATmega328P), Raspberry PI 3, Arduino.

· Visualization programming: D3.js, Unity 3D (game engine), Google Earth API.

· Technical Writing: With degrees in English and Computer Science, Chris is also a respected technical writer.  He has worked as a technical writer for Salience, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Calgary, Shell Canada, and Canadian Pacific Railways.

· Web programming and document management: Chris also worked as a programmer and Systems Analyst for Shell Canada's intranet, internet site, Livelink portal and document management system.


· PhD, Computer Science, University of Aberdeen, 2013.

· M.Sc., Computer Science, Queens University, 1999.

· MA, English, University of Victoria, 1992.

· BA (Honours) English, University of Calgary, 1990.

Contact Chris Venour for a full curriculum vitae.

Chris Venour

PhD, MSc, MA

Salience Analyst