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Rodrigo Gomes

Rodrigo Gomes is the CERC Team Coordinator, responsible for the administration of CERC's operations - more specifically the center's financial, people and communications management. He also supports the center's development by assisting with research proposals applications and helping team members to connect with external stakeholders. Rodrigo's background is in International Relations and Business Administration and he has work experience in the education, gaming and digital banking industries. His main interests include sustainable development, social justice and entrepreneurship.

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Ujjwal Khanna

Guillermo Gutierrez is the software architect responsible for the development of the CERC simulation platform. His main duty is to co-ordinate the efforts of the team to create an open software platform that could help researchers, stakeholders, and urban developers to create better cities for us to live. By integrating multiple knowledge areas into one easy-to-use but powerful platform, this platform will help researchers from all over the world focus on their respective topics. He also led the efforts to open the INSEL programing language to the open-source community so they can extend and benefit from this amazing technology.

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Behnam Farsi Balouch

Behnam Farsi Balouch is CERC's Machine Learning Developer. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Ferdowsi University, Iran in 2019, and his master's degree from Concordia University's Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) in 2020. His research interests include machine learning, neural networks, load forecasting, occupancy modeling, and remaining useful life prediction.

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Ali Ahmadi

Ali Ahmadi is the IT Administrator for the CERC Team. He is a Master's student of Quality Systems Engineering at Concordia's Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE). He is currently working on long term forecasting and analysis of transportation behaviours using AI. He was involved as one of the course designers for the CERC Lachine-Est Project. He has a Bachelor's degree in software engineering from IAU. He has a solid background in computer networks and cybersecurity, with almost four and half years of experience as a security analyst in the National Iranian Oil Company.

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Alexa Paikin

Alexa Paikin is the Team Assistant for the CERC Team. Her role includes conducting literature searches, assisting with content creation for CERC's communications platforms, and assisting with the administration of the teams' operations. She is currently an undergraduate student studying building engineering. With previous experience at an engineering consulting firm, she joined the team with the goal of exploring the world of academia. Her professional interests include sustainable architecture and design, urban planning, and marketing and business development. 

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Ujjwal Khanna

Ujjwal Khanna was a Technical Project Manager for the CERC Team. His responsibilities included working amongst all research groups within the team, advising and managing multiple projects. Previously, he worked at Siemens Canada on the Digitalization Project, Industry 4.0. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering, a Master’s degree in Quality Systems Engineering with strong research focus on Machine Learning and IoT, and has filled in various roles such as Developer, Analyst, and Consultant in his professional career. He is a Certified Scrum Master and Project Management Professional. 

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