Alina Andreevskaia juggled
research and family duties
The computer science student recently defended her masters thesis
on the design of a program to personalize e-commerce Web sites. This summer,
she will begin a PhD in natural language processing, a discipline that
uses computers to understand and analyze human language. With this topic,
Andreevskaia will combine her two areas of expertise.
She studied applied linguistics in her native Russia. After moving to
Montreal six years ago, she completed a graduate diploma in computer science
The architecture that Andreevskaia proposed in her masters thesis
allows electronic businesses to gauge a consumers tastes dynamically,
or continuously, by tracking a users choices over numerous sessions
instead of basing them on their first visit.
She said that the design is best-suited for customer relations management
in small e-enterprises who want to maintain a loyal clientele. When you
go to Wal-Mart, you dont expect personal service. However, when
you go to the corner store every couple of days, you hope that theyll
remember you and know what youre looking for. The same holds
true for electronic businesses.
Nevertheless, Andreevskaia received several grants and scholarships,
including a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
scholarship, and has had several papers published. Her graduate supervisor,
Thiruvengadam Radhakrishnan, said that her dedication is responsible for
her success. Whatever she undertakes, she puts all of her effort
TV veteran Christian johnson
refreshed his journalistic skills at Concordia
Hed been here in the 1960s, at what was then Sir George Williams
University. His father brought the family to Canada when he was 18.
He took particular pride in his final-term documentary, a 41-minute piece
about an Ecuadorian jungle doctor who is on house arrest on an Ontario
farm following the death of a woman during a healing ceremony. Black
Jaguar, White Jungle has aroused the interest of a number of television
producers, including the CBC.
There are people here in Montreal who come from all over the world.
They all have a story to tell about how they try to live up to Canadian
expectations, and about how they see their own culture evaporating.
- Clare Byrne
Nathalie Lachance wins Silver
Medal for highest GPA
I was in sales in the food industry, selling dead fish in a can,
she deadpanned. Then I married a man whose grandparents were German
Mennonites. I thought it was such an interesting culture. At first, I
took German part-time at night, and thats how I came to Concordia,
but never regretted it.
She had just come back from Halifax, where, as a new member, she attended
meetings of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German.
Victor Aldea and Shiyan Hu
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
Electrical Engineers Excel