"... A bunch of badasses that get things done."
-Dan Gunn, Executive Director at VIATEC
Meet the Team
Justin Love B.Sc, M.Sc, C.S.M.
Partner/Director of Business Development
Justin started his academic life in the Remote Sensing branch of the Pacific Forestry Centre working on the Evaluation and Validation of EO-1 for Sustainable Development project and the SAFORAH grid computing project. He later completed an interdisciplinary M.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Victoria. He received the University of Victoria Interdisciplinary Award and Interdisciplinary Fellowship for his work as a graduate student in Artificial Intelligence, Non-photorealistic Rendering and Multi-Agent Systems.
Manjinder Benning B.Eng, MA.Sc, C.S.M.
Partner/Director of Research
Manjinder received his Masters of Applied Science from the University of Victoria in 2007 in Electrical Engineering with a focus on adaptive digital signal processing, data mining and machine learning. He has a variety of experience in both industry and academia with expertise across a wide array of disciplines including High Energy Physics Computing (Stanford University), Grid Computing (University Of Victoria), Computer Vision, Music Information Retrieval, and Environmental Sensing.
Jorge Aranda Ph.D
Lead Scientist / Cloud Computing and Data Science
Jorge received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2010. At Limbic Consulting, he guides the development of cloud-based tools to process and analyze large amounts of real-time data.
In his work he focuses on the transfer of research results into practical applications, and has consulted on fields such as data mining, machine learning, social network analysis, system design, and evidence-based decision making. Jorge also has strong programming foundations, with over seven years of experience developing and managing software projects.
Chris Gat B.Sc, M.Sc
Research Scientist and Full Stack Developer
Gabrielle Odowichuk B.Eng, MA.Sc
Data Science/DSP/Computer Vision
Gabrielle received a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Victoria. During her masters, she developed tools for gesture based control of sound using infrared sensing and real-time multichannel speaker arrays. She has specialized knowledge in the field of multimedia signal processing, and has worked on a variety of projects involving passive sonar, audio localization and spatialization, self-organizing neural networks, software defined radio and atmospheric imaging, computer vision and tracking, machine learning and classification, and automated music transcription.
Mobile/Embedded Systems Developer
Adam started writing software back in the late 90s developing small websites and interactive CD media for the OA Group. From 2002 to 2007 he worked on instant messaging applications and flash development for VintaCOM Media Group Inc. before moving into the iOS space. From 2008 – 2013 he worked as a lead mobile developer as Castle Rock Research Corp. on educational software for iPhones and iPads. After this he started work with embedded systems focusing on lighting installations and since has developed his own lighting software platform, LightString, which has led him to working at Limbic Media.
Paul Leslie B.Eng
Senior Hardware/Firmware Engineering
Paul received a B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2006. From 2005 to 2013 he worked as an electrical design specialist at CanAssist at the University of Victoria designing customized accessibility technology for persons with disabilities. He has since worked as a Research Associate at the University of Victoria for the Neurobiology Department designing customized application specific inertial measurement units. His research interests include the EEG and EMG hardware designs, development of wireless power transfer, inertial measurement unit design and algorithms and wireless embedded sensor systems.
Simon Pearson B.Eng
Senior Hardware/Firmware Engineering
Simon received a B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2003. From 2003-2008 he worked as a hardware and systems designer at JASCO Research Ltd. designing underwater sensor and acoustic systems. From 2008-2015 he worked as a senior software designer for Loud Technologies Inc. designing consumer and professional audio products including the award winning Martin Audio MLA and EAW Anya line array speaker systems. His areas of interest include distributed systems, Linux kernel programming, and IoT product development.
Eric McNiece CAS
Full Stack/IoT Developer
Eric joined Limbic in late 2015. After being introduced to web development in elementary school, digital media grew to become a hobby and eventually a career. A fascination with the magic of electronics lead him to experiment with microcontrollers. When he made it to a semi-final round of a PIC32 Microchip product design contest, he decided to pursue post-secondary education in technology. In 2006 he received the Ted Hamaguchi award for BCIT. He then attended the Computer Automated Systems program at TRU, sparking a passion for bridging the gap between hardware and software. These days, Eric focuses on modern front-end web technologies, IoT startups hardware, and creating multi-platform interfaces to better blend our worlds.
Johanna McBurnie H.B.A, Dip., CSM
Johanna was drawn to Limbic Consulting because of the company’s commitment to people-centered development. As the company’s Agile Process Coordinator, she is able to feed her thirst for knowledge in institutional economics and organizational design. From both her honour’s research and work with community-based organizations, she brings experience in project and product evaluation through survey design and administration, focus group facilitation, and both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Johanna’s commitment to social justice and non-hierarchical community development influence her to put autonomy and empowerment at the centre of organizational health and process improvements.
Steven A. Bjornson M.Sc.
Data Science / DSP / Embedded Linux
Steve graduated in 2017 from the University of Victoria with an M.Sc. in a combined program between the faculties of Computer Science and Visual Arts. His research specialties include data science and machine learning techniques for music information retrieval (MIR). He also has years of embedded system development experience under his belt. His interests include interactive digital media and techno. When he’s not coding, you can find him drinking coffee, riding his bike, or spinning records.
Dr. Ajay Kapur Ph.D
Director of the Music Technology, California Institute of the Arts
Ajay Kapur is currently the Director of the Music Technology program (MTIID) at the California Institute of the Arts, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Development in Digital Arts. He also runs a PhD Research Group in Wellington New Zealand called Sonic Engineering Lab for Creative Technology. He is also Founder and CEO of Kadenze, the Creative Arts MOOC. He received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2007 from University of Victoria combining computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, music and psychology with a focus on intelligent music systems and media technology. Ajay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 2002.
Kapur has published over 100 technical papers and presented lectures across the world on music technology, human computer interface for artists, robotics for making sound, and modern digital orchestras. His first book “Digitizing North Indian Music”, discusses how sensors, machine learning and robotics are used to extend and preserve traditional techniques of Indian Classical music. His latest book “Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists” is a textbook for artists to learn computer science.
Dr. George Tzanetakis Ph.D
Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria
Dr. Tzanetakis is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science with cross-listed appointments in ECE and Music at the University of Victoria, Canada. Since 2010 (renewed in 2015) he is Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Computer Analysis of Audio and Music. In 2012 he received the Craigdarroch research award in artistic expression at the University of Victoria. In 2011 he was Visiting Faculty at Google Research. He received his PhD in Computer Science at Princeton University in 2002 and was a Post-Doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002-2003.
George is one of the pioneers in the emerging area of music information retrieval and content-based audio searching. He has extensive experience with large scale retrieval systems and audio processing both in academic and industrial settings. His research spans all stages of audio content analysis such as feature extraction, segmentation, classification with specific
emphasis on music information retrieval.
Dr. Peter F. Driessen
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria
Peter Driessen is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria with cross-appointments in Music and Computer Science. He worked for 5 years designing modems for data communications. He spent 10 years part time at AT&T Bell Laboratories working on wireless communications systems. He was papers co-chair for the International Computer Music Conference held in Cuba, www.ve7ab.com
PhD Candidate, University of Victoria
Jakob is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria researching how new programming languages and compiler techniques can contribute to more elegant, error-proof and efficient programs for digital signal processing. His passion for computer science was sparked by a desire to improve the ways we interact with technology to create art. He received a master’s degree in computer music and sound engineering from the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, and has collaborated with musicians, dancers and poets in complex multimedia performances. Jakob is a passionate proponent of open-source software, and has contributed to popular projects like SuperCollider, Marsyas and VLC Media Player. At Limbic Media, he develops signal processing algorithms for computer audition and computer vision.