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.
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.
"The best thing about my job is knowing that I am part of exploration at the frontier of scientific knowledge. I love working with my colleagues to discover new surprises and share our collective passion for the deep sea with anyone who will listen."