June 19, 2020
Dr. Denis Thérien is the Vice-President Research and Partnerships at Element AI. He previously occupied a similar position at CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research), after serving as Vice Principal of Research and International Relations at McGill University. Dr. Thérien was also a researcher and a Professor at McGill for 40 years.
Dr. Thérien received his B.Sc. from the Université de Montréal, and his M.Sc., and PhD from the University of Waterloo. He began his career at McGill in 1978, and was appointed Director of the School of Computer Science in 1997. Dr Therien is interested in complexity theory, i.e., trying to classify problems in terms of resources required to compute their solution. He has done extensive work on developing algebraic characterizations for complexity classes, but he is also a fan of logical tools, combinatorics, probabilistic methods and mathematics in general.
Dr. Thérien was awarded a James McGill Chair in 2002 until 2016 and the Forschungpsreise (research prize) from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in 2000. He has published over 100 research articles on computational complexity in top-tier journals and is a respected expert conference speaker.