About Me

Welcome to you visitor, my name is Kevin Bouchard, I am native to the province of Quebec in Canada and I am currently an assistant Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. I am an active member of the Laboratoire d'Intelligence Ambiante pour la Reconnaissance d'Activités (LIARA). Our team is focused on ambient intelligence through the development of multimodal smart homes. These smart homes aim to provide day to day assistance to semi-autonomous residents in order to enhance their quality of life and promote autonomy. The LIARA team also focus on developing smaller assistive technologies targeted at smaller restrained sets of problems (e.g.: independent smart stove to assist while cooking).

Here is my complete curriculum.

I invite the reader to consult the "Scientific Activities" page for research project opportunities, datasets, and other fun things.

My Interests
My main  interests of research include:
  • Data mining/ machine learning
  • Qualitative Spatial Reasoning
  • Localization and tracking 
  • Ambient intelligence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assistive technologies
  • Smart home
  • Multiagent systems
In addition to research which I am passionate about, I am the kind of person which like to try new things whether they are extreme or not. For example, I have been to Cedar Point and Magic Mountain to try the biggest rollercoasters in the world, I bungee jumped in Outaouais, the highest jump in Canada, and I have driven a Lamborghini at more than 250km/h on a closed circuit. I also discovered a new passion for stock trading in 2011 and I particularly enjoy trading on market sentiment by using both technical and fundamental analysis (which is, in fact, comparable to the work I do on spatiotemporal series). I also created my own six GPU mining rig to extract LTC during the cryptocurrency gold rush. I am currently learning to fly Ultra Light Aeroplane and I earned my Student Permit Pilote. I'm flying a paramotor (you can see my very first flight here !). I love road trips, the great outdoors. I have been to 38 states in the USA, I have seen around 50 national parks/monuments, hiked hundreds of miles and drove 35 000 km (traveling in the USA). I am always seeking new experiences and amongst the list of what I want to do next, there are: watching lava flow, assisting to a tornado storm, restoring a car, climbing Kilimanjaro (or any other major mountain) and scuba diving in a shipwreck.

Latest news

July 3rd, 2018
     Tracking objects within a smart home published in Expert Systems With Applications, Elsevier.

January 15th, 2018

November 30th, 2017
    Presentation at the GOODTECHS conference in Italy.

May 18th, 2017
    Presentation at the 2nd Quebec Congress in Adaptation-Rehabitlitation Research at the Mont-Royal center in Montreal.

May 16th, 2017
    Presentation at the Colloque TI des professionnelles et des professionnels SPGQ about Big Data opportunities at the Cégep de Chicoutimi.

April 21st, 2017
    Awarded an NSERC discovery grant of 100 000$/5 years as principal investigator.

December 21st, 2016
    The video game team I mentored in collaboration with  the NAD publish the "Inner Strike" game demo. 

October 24th, 2016
    Won a Best Paper Award during the The 7th IEEE Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference which was held at Columbia University, New York, USA.

August 1st, 2016
    New appointement as assistant Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. 

April 12th, 2016
    Won a Postdoctoral scholarship B3 from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) 35 000$/year for two years.

December 11th, 2015
    Full paper accepted at PAKDD 2016! Acceptance rate of 17%. The datasets of the experiments are available on my website.

November 4th, 2015
    Won a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Rhodes University based on my curriculum and research potential (international contest). Declined for my new contract at UCLA.

November 1st, 2015
    New postdoctoral position at UCLA. Research manager for the Wireless Health Institute.

February 6th, 2015
    A paper accepted for publication in the IEEE Intelligent systems journal (impact factor of 1.92).

September 21th, 2014
    Two book chapters accepted in Trends in Ambient Intelligent Systems: Role of Computational Intelligence published by Springer and a new journal paper will appear in the Journal of Smart Home.

July 3th, 2014
    Ph.D. thesis defended with success. The mention of excellence was attributed for the contributions to smart home research and to data mining.

April 14th, 2014
    A paper accepted for publication in the proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI'14) as part of the AAAI.

March 24th, 2014
    Two papers accepted to appear in the proceedings of the 7th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA'14) published by ACM.

February 6th, 2014
    Two book chapters accepted to appear in Opportunistic Networking: Vehicular, D2D and Cognitive Radio Networks published by Taylor & Francis.

25th, 2013
    Journal paper accepted to appear in the International Journal of Wireless Information Networks (IJWI) published by Springer.

October 15th, 2013
    Provisional patent issued to the LIARA's team (acting as co-inventor) on the smart stove project.

August 28th, 2013
    Nomination to the pretigious "Cercle d'excellence" of the Quebec University network (UQ). To see full list of nomination: click here. Media coverage here

August 7th, 2013
    Journal paper accepted to appear in the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (AIHC) published by Springer.

December 14th, 2012 
    Won the prize of best presentation at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Networked Embedded Systems for Every Application. Media coverage here and here (french).

October 10th, 2012
    Invited to speak at the "Informatique-Santé" symposium regrouping the main actors of the technological development in health & social services and the healthcare professionals & administrators on a National scale.