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Geoff Messier's Projects & Ideas

I’m a Professor in Electrical and Software Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. This site describes my research and teaching at the university as well some side projects that I’m doing for fun :) You can check out a bit more on my background here.

University Contact Information:
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2N 1N4
Phone: +1-403-210-8976
Email: gmessier@ucalgary.ca
Office: Room 308, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Building


My research involves using data science to improve the services provided to people experiencing homelessness, mental health disorders and addiction. This ranges from developing algorithms to help spot folks who need help to creating data visualization tools for staff working directly with vulnerable groups.

We work in cross-disciplinary teams that include researchers and clinicians from psychiatry, medicine and social work. We are also proud to collaborate with some of the amazing community agencies that provide support to this very vulnerable group. These agencies include The Calgary Drop-In Centre, the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Trellis Youth & Family Services.

Data science and machine learning can be used in a variety of ways and it is important to emphasize that we are not developing algorithms that automate support and/or treatment decisions. Instead, our goal is to develop tools that provide information to support the human staff doing front line work with vulnerable individuals.

The following presentations provide a good overview of my research program:

More detail on my research program can be found here:


On my YouTube Channel, you can view my lectures on:

You can also view a list of the classes I’ve taught in the past here.

Hobbies and Diversions

It’s defintely fair to say that I got into electrical engineering mainly because it would help me have more fun with my hobby projects! Here’s some assorted information about some of the projects I’m enjoying. Much of this is frog themed due to a long time love of Kermit and the role of frogs in our ecosystems.