ONC Staff Profile
Associate Director, User Services
Dr. Maia Hoeberechts is a member of the Ocean Networks Canada User Engagement division based at the University of Victoria. In her role as Associate Director, User Services, she manages the Data and Learning & Engagement teams, which are together responsible for creating products and services which meet the needs of the scientific, educational and broader user community. Maia joined Ocean Networks Canada in 2010 as the Staff Scientist for Computer Science and Engineering, a role which she held for three years before assuming her current position. She continues her research involvement as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria focusing on interdisciplinary connections between ocean science and computer science, principally in the areas of computer vision, data analytics and scientific visualization. She is also active in building Ocean Networks Canada's involvement in community-based research, citizen science and community-university engagement.
Before joining Ocean Networks Canada, Maia worked as the project manager on an interdisciplinary research project at Western University to develop and market an emotionally adaptive computer music composition engine. She is passionate about science outreach and has been involved in a variety of outreach programs targeted at researchers, students, children and members of the general public. She helped establish the London, Ontario chapter of the IBM Women in Technology program and served as its leader for 3 years. In 2009, she received the Western Faculty of Science Outreach and Recruitment Award.
Maia holds a PhD in Computer Science in the area of computability theory and a BSc in Philosophy and Computer Science from Western University. Her doctoral research focused on the interface between theory and practice in computer science.