Dr. AIMEUR, Esma

Dr. AIMEUR, Esma

Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity laboratory, University of Montréal


Esma Aïmeur is Professor at the Department of Computer Science at University of Montréal. She obtained her Engineering degree from the  University of Sciences & Technologies Houari Boumedience, Algiers, Algeria and her Master and Ph.D. in computer science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Paris 6 (France).

She works on privacy and security, applying artificial intelligence techniques to manage personal data in e-Learning, Finance and Medicine. Her most recent research focuses on online deception, the ethics of artificial intelligence, social networks, security awareness, recommender systems, and privacy preserving.

She was director for 10 years of a Master in Electronic Commerce, a joint program between HEC Montréal, the Faculty of Law and the Department of Computer Science. She was  appointed a member of the Data Protection Advisory Committee of University of Montreal. Her responsibilities include helping to improve policies and decision making in cyber education by providing best practices to protect personal data.

She has served on more than 250 international conference program committees and has also published more than 300 papers in international journals and conferences.

She was program chair for the 24 workshops of the 2016 World Web Conference, one of which was co-hosted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web. In 2017, she co-chaired the 7th MCETECH international conference on electronic technologies.

Esma Aïmeur received an award in 2018 from the CMQ (Maghrebian Congress of Quebec), she is one of the six best Québec scientists of Maghrebian origin. The congress was chaired by Mrs Baig (President of the Order of Engineers of Québec).

In 2019, she was the representative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (CRSNG) on the panel of the panel “Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative: building competitive and resilient economies and societies through responsible AI”. She also co-chaired the same year the “Confidentiality, fairness and transparency” section of the ACM UMAP (User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization) conference.

In fall 2019, the Canadian Bank Desjardins called on Professor Esma AĂŻmeur to sit on the expert advisory committee to establish a strategy for the protection of personal information and digital identity.

This year, she is a program committee member of almost all the international conferences on Artificial Intelligence including (IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI and CAI). She is currently co-editor of the International Journal of Privacy and Health Information Management, associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Big Data and for Artificial Intelligence for Human Learning and Behavior Change.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, UniversitĂ© Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France
  • Engineer, Computer Science, UiversitĂ© des Sciences et Technologeis Houari Boumedience, Alger, Algeria