Darcy Benoit, Ph.D

Acting Director, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics

Director, Jodrey School of Computer Science, Acadia University

Dr. Darcy Benoit is an Associate Professor in and Acting Director of Acadia’s Jodrey School of Computer Science. He earned a BSc in Computer Science from St. Francis Xavier University and his Ph.D. in Computing from Queen’s University. Dr. Benoit joined Acadia University in 2002. Since then, he has received several research grants from groups such as NSERC, inNovaCorp, a Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation Voucher. He is the author or co-author of over 30 publications. Dr. Benoit’s research areas include large-scale data collection, database management systems, and mobile computing.


Andrew McIntyre, Ph.D.

Associate Director & Data Scientist, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics


Andy completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Mount Allison University in 2000, Andy continued his academic pursuits at Dalhousie University, enrolling in the Masters of Computer Science Program and later graduating with a Ph.D. in the field in 2007.  Andy’s focus has mainly been machine learning with specific interest in evolutionary computation, a population-based meta learning technique for model building. His work has most recently included a 10-year role as senior researcher with the Network Information Management and Security group at Dalhousie, working on computer gaming and behaviour mining applications. He was previously a postdoc with the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, investigating shape-based, predictive GP / imaging models and had further postdoctoral collaborations with National Research Council Canada Institute for Biodiagnostics Atlantic at the Neuroimaging Research Laboratory, developing models of functional connectivity with clustering and classification algorithms applied to large-scale, resting-state functional MRI (brain-imaging) data.  Andy currently holds an adjunct professor designation at Dalhousie and an adjunct position with the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University with 19 publications and has been named on five US patents as of 2020. Andy has assumed the role of Data Scientist at the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics (AIDA) as of October 2018.

Keilani Tupper

Administrative/Technical Assistant, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics


Keilani graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a concentration in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations. After graduating, Keilani remained in Newfoundland working in the insurance/financial sector before relocating back to Nova Scotia in 2016. Keilani joined the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics as the Administrative/Technical Assistant in late 2018 following the launch of the Data Runway project.