M. Afzal Upal


After finishing school (BSc, MSc Saskatchewan and PhD Alberta) in 1999, Dr. Upal's served as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University's newly formed Faculty of Computer Science.  After two academic years, he left Dal to pursue a lucrative career as a Senior Scientist at IET designing solutions for various defence problems.  After the bursting of the tech bubble, he decided to return to academia to teach at University of Toledo's Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department.  In 2007, after getting thoroughly bored with working in an engineering college, he decided to move to the Occidental College in Los Angeles to teach  Cognitive Science.   Since summer 2008, Dr. Upal has been working as a Defence Scientist at Defence Research & Development Canada in Toronto.


Dr. Upal has published over three dozen technical articles in the areas of cognitive science of culture, artificial intelligence, and agent-based social simulation.  He is an editor of the Journal of Brain and Behavioral Sciences and has served on program committees of a number of international conferences including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, the International Conference of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society (FLAIRS), the Canadian AI Conference, and the IASTED International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. He was chair of the First International Workshop on Cognition and Culture, the 14th Annual Conference of the North American Association for Computational, Social, and Organizational Sciences and the AAAI-06 Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Agent-based Social Simulation. His work has been funded by Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Missile Defence Agency (MDA), Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), and Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL).