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 and Data Scientist, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics


Andy completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Mount Allison University in 2000 and 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 been Machine Learning (ML) with specific interest in Evolutionary Computation algorithm development with ML tasks being the focus. 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 behaviour mining applications. Andy previously worked as a postdoc with the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and had further postdoctoral collaborations with National Research Council Canada Institute for Biodiagnostics Atlantic at the Neuroimaging Research Laboratory, developing models of functional connectivity and brain imaging.  Andy currently holds an adjunct professor designation at Dalhousie University and an adjunct position with the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University. Andy has 19 publications and has been named on five US patents as of 2022.  Andy joined AIDA as a Data Scientist in October of 2018 and in October 2021 was promoted to the role of Associate Director.


Kyle Rhodenizer

Administrator / Technical Assistant, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics


Kyle is a recent Acadia Alumni who graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science with a specialization in Game Development in May 2022. Kyle’s role is focused on Administrative duties within AIDA and helping data scientists with their projects.