Artificial Intelligence in Consumer Electronics


The IEEE Consumer Electronics Chapter at Montreal Section is pleased to announce a panel discussion to examine how Artificial Intelligence (AI) may impact Consumer Electronics (CE).

The CE industry sector includes emerging technologies for enabling smart homes, autonomous vehicles, wearables, augmented reality and virtual reality. Montreal is now recognized as a world leader in the area of Artificial Intelligence. So, this is the perfect time for local leading experts in this exciting, growing field, to share important insights and perspectives. The discussion will include, but will not be limited to, the following topics:

  • What issues and challenges need to be assessed when bringing AI to consumer electronics?  

  • What will be the impact of AI on consumers?

  • How will a consumer secure his personal data?

  • What are the benefits from these new products and services?



  • Gabriel Duford, SVP Development and Technology and Co-founder at Element AI

  • Erdem Özcan, Co-founder and Head of Research at

  • Gilles Boulianne, Director, Speech and Text Team at CRIM


Moderator: Mehrsan Javan, CTO at SPORTLOGiQ.

Registration is free, but places are limited. Please, click below to reserve your seat!


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  Date and Time




  • Date: 12 Sep 2017
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) America/Montreal
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  • 3 Place Ville Marie
  • WeWork
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada H3B 2E3
  • Room Number: 4th Floor

  • For additional information, please contact:

    Diana Gil
    Chair, IEEE Consumer Electronics Montreal Chapter

  • Co-sponsored by WeWork and IEEE Montreal Section
  • Starts 31 July 2017 05:00 AM
  • Ends 11 September 2017 10:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) America/Montreal
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  • No Admission Charge


Panelists Panelists

Gabriel Duford, SVP Development and Technology, Co-founder at Element AI

Gabriel has over 18 years of experience in software development, management and leadership of high performing development teams. He has worked in a few domains, including internet security, audio middleware for games, workforce management and more recently retail planning and execution, working with scientists to integrate AI capabilities as core functionalities to highly complex solutions and architectures. Before joining Element AI, Gabriel was leading the development and technology at the JDA Software innovation lab based in Montreal. Gabriel was the evangelist and technologist in charge of the transformation to SaaS for JDA. Since he joined Element AI as co-founder, he leads the engineering team as SVP Technology and Development.

Erdem Ozcan 

Erdem Özcan, Co-founder and Head of Research at

Erdem is the co-founder and Head of Research of Automat. Before co-founding Automat, Erdem worked as a Principal Researcher at Nuance Communications and as a Technical Research Lead at STMicroelectronics. His research interests covered many areas including Question Answering, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Parallel Programming for high efficiency systems. While at Nuance, Erdem developed a modular question-answering system that encompasses many technologies including semantic parsing, information retrieval, and textual entailment. He also contributed to enhancing the NLP algorithms and the system performance of IBM Watson while tuning it to medical use cases. Erdem has many patents and academic publications and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, a M.Sc. in Microelectronics Engineering and a B.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology.

Gilles Boulianne 

Gilles Boulianne, Director, Speech and Text Team at CRIM

At CRIM since 1998, Gilles Boulianne is interested in transducer-based search techniques aimed at accelerating system operation and/or increasing the size of the vocabulary of the CRIM speech recognition system. He conducts research in recognition and speech synthesis since 1986. During his graduate studies at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, he has addressed the problem of large vocabulary recognition.

Moderator Moderator

Mehrsan Javan, CTO at SPORTLOGiQ

Mehrsan Javan is the co-founder and chief technology officer of SPORTLOGiQ, the intelligent sports analytics platform. The company’s advanced analytics platform tracks the location and actions of every player on the ice, court, or field, enabling teams and fans to see and understand the game in ways that were not previously imaginable. Mehrsan holds a PhD degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in 2014.

His passion is new technologies with a particular interest in intelligent systems and their positive impacts on our daily life. He is also an adjunct faculty member at ECE department, McGill University, and has published numerous research articles in the fields of computer vision and machine learning and holds several patents and patents pending applications.






5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration, Networking & Refreshments

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Panel discussion

6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Networking