Marek Reformat


Marek Reformat

University of Alberta,

Curriculum Vitae

Marek Reformat received his M.Sc. degree (with honors) from Technical University of Poznan, Poland, and Ph.D. from University of Manitoba, Canada. He is a Full Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta.

The goal of his research activities is to develop methods and techniques for intelligent data modeling and analysis leading to translation of data into knowledge, as well as to design systems that possess abilities to imitate different aspects of human behavior. In this context, he recognizes the concepts of Computational Intelligence – with fuzzy computing and possibility theory in particular – as key elements necessary for capturing relationships between pieces of data and knowledge, and for mimicking human ways of reasoning about opinions and facts. Dr. Reformat also works on Computational Intelligence based approaches for dealing with information stored on the web. He applies elements of fuzzy sets to social networks, Linked Open Data, and Semantic Web in order to handle inherently imprecise information, and provide users with unique facts retrieved from the data. All his activities focus on introduction of human aspects to web and software systems what will lead to more human-aware and human-like systems.

He is interested in and performs research in the following areas: 1) knowledge extraction and knowledge representation, in particular: methods of fuzzy, neuro-fuzzy and evolutionary computing used for discovering and representing knowledge; category theory and type theory applied for constructing novel relations between pieces of information; RDF triples and ontology utilized as knowledge representation forms; 2) semantic-based intelligent systems, where he works on, RDF and ontology used for representing information and knowledge, reasoning engines utilized to provide more human-like outcomes; applications to computing with words, semantic web, and information analysis systems; automatic construction of concepts; elements of fuzziness applied to analysis of social networks; and 3) decision support focusing on different models representing knowledge used to build systems supporting decision-making processes; integrating uncertainty with decision support systems - techniques coming from probability theory (Bayesian networks), Dempster-Shafer theory, and related to fuzzy impression; construction of decision support systems based on multiple models; multiple practical applications including design and development of recommender systems.

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of computational intelligence, knowledge and software engineering. He has supervised 13 PhD students, and has been involved in multiple national and international projects. He is an Associate Editor of 10 international journals including IEEE TFS, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, International Journal of Intelligent Systems, Human-Centric Computing and Information Sciences, and Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering. He has been a general and program chair, as well as a member of program committees of numerous international conferences related to Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering.

He is a past president of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS), and a president of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA).



  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1997. University of Manitoba. Thesis: Application of Advanced Static VAR Compensator at ac/dc interconnection. Advisor: Dr. E. Kuffel.
  • M.Sc.(with honors), Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1988. Technical University of Poznan´. Thesis: Microcomputer implementation of presentation and virtual terminal protocols. Advisor: Dr. W. Cellary
  • Fields Institute Summer School in Logic and Foundations of Computations: Categorical Logic and Linear Logic Department of Mathematics and Statistics. University of Ottawa. June 2-6, 2003.
  • Effective Engineering Teaching Workshop. Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta. May 2-3, 2007.

Awards and Honors

  • Nomination (by students) for Rutherford Teaching Award, 2012.
  • Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006.
  • Nomination (by students) for Rutherford Teaching Award, 2006.
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, 1995 - 1996.
  • Young People and Physical Education Ministry Fellowship, Poland, 1988 - 1989.
  • Deputy Prime-Minister’s Award for Distinguished University Graduates, Poland, 1988.
  • Distinguished Graduate Medal, The Technical University of Poznan´, Poland, 1988.
  • Scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Poland, 1987 - 1988.