Bruno Emond

Roles and responsibilities

  • Contribute to increase competitiveness and wealth generation capacity for companies with a Canadian presence/footprint, or to important improvements in government services capability.
  • Serve as an ambassador and catalyst in developing and closing deals with external parties that brought diverse elements of NRC together in significant collaborative activities.
  • Contribute to a substantial impact on and advanced a field of science or technology and contribute to the achievement of NRC’s goals.
  • Lead in developing teams; defining team structures, roles and accountabilities; proposing and gaining broad acceptance for methods and means of maximizing input and involvement of team members; acknowledging the abilities and contributions of team members; and helping create an environment of active participation and trust.

Current research and/or projects

One of Dr. Emond strength is his broad interdisciplinary knowledge including a strong foundation in philosophy, educational psychology, cognitive modeling, knowledge representation, logic, natural language processing, networked multimedia, and adaptive training technologies.  Dr. Emond interdisciplinary interests has also allowed him to build strong competencies in facilitating communication between client and science and technology stakeholders. Of recent, he has refined those competencies at the level of project leaderships, managing simultaneously client expectations and demands, science and technology outcomes, and NRC staff talent, expertise, and motivation.

His current research projects focus on the application of cognitive modeling for the optimization of adaptive training systems, and the development and evaluation of virtual reality training systems in the area of dangerous goods incident management. 


  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology (Laboratory of Applied Cognitive Science), McGill University (1995)
  • M.A. Philosophy, Université de Montréal (1987)
  • B.A. Philosophy, Université de Montréal (1982).


  • 2018 Leadership Achievement Award (Digital Technologies Research Centre, National Research Council Canada).
  • 2011 Leadership Achievement Award (Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council Canada).

Key publications

Emond, B., Smith, J., Musharraf, M., Torbati, R. Z., Billard, R., Barnes, J., & Veitch, B. (2022). Development of AIS Using Simulated Learners, Bayesian Networks and Knowledge Elicitation Methods. In R. A. Sottilare & J. Schwarz (Eds.), Adaptive Instructional Systems (pp. 143–158). Springer International Publishing.

Emond, B., Lapointe, J.-F., Kinateder, M., DeMarbre, E., Berthiaume, M., Kondratova, I., Cooper, N., Bénichou, N., & Downes, S. (2022). HCI Issues, Design and Development for a First Responders VR Training System on Dangerous Goods Transportation Incidents. In P. Zaphiris & A. Ioannou (Eds.), Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Novel Technological Environments (pp. 48–60). Springer International Publishing.

Emond, B. (2021). Formal Methods in Human-Computer Interaction and Adaptive Instructional Systems. In R. A. Sottilare & J. Schwarz (Eds.), Adaptive Instructional Systems. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 12792 (pp. 183–198). Springer.

Lapointe, J.-F., Vinson, N. G., Katsuragawa, K., & Emond, B. (2021). A Review of Distributed VR Co-Design Systems. Human-Compute Interaction International, 1–14.

Lapointe, J.-F., Vinson, N. G., & Emond, B. (2020). A Comparative Study of 3 DOF Travel Techniques for Immersive Virtual Flythroughs: the Leap Motion and the Oculus Rift S Hand Controllers. IHIET 2020 Conference Proceedings.

Emond, B., & Vinson, N. G. (2017). Modelling Simple Ship Conning Tasks. 15th Meeting of the International Conference on Cognitive Modelling, 42–44.

Emond, B., Buffett, S., Goutte, C., & Guo, R. J. (2016). Analyzing and Refining Pilot Training. In T. Barnes, M. Chi, & M. Feng (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (pp. 682–687). International Educational Data Mining Society.

Emond, B., & Comeau, G. (2013). Cognitive modelling of early music reading skill acquisition for piano: A comparison of the Middle-C and Intervallic methods. Cognitive Systems Research, 24, 26–34.

Emond, B. (2009). Multimedia at work: Harvesting resources for recording concurrent videoconferences. IEEE Multimedia, 16(2), 92–95.

Emond, B. (2006). WN-LEXICAL: An ACT-R module built from the WordNet lexical database. Seventh International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, 359–360.

Emond, B., & West, R. L. R. L. (2003). Cyberpsychology: A Human-Interaction Perspective Based on Cognitive Modeling. Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 6(5), 527–536.

Emond, B. (1993). Operations on conceptual structures and Peirce’s system of existential graphs. In G. W. Mineau, B. Moulin, & J. F. Sow (Eds.), International Conference on Conceptual Structures (pp. 401–410). Springer.


Previous work experience

September 2010 - …
National Research Council Canada
Senior Research Officer

September 2001 - August 2010
National Research Council Canada
Senior Research Officer

September 1996 - August 2001
Université du Québec en Outaouais, 
Department of Education
Associate professor

September 1992 - August 1996
Université du Québec en Outaouais, 
Department of Computer Science
Assistant professor


Bruno Emond

Bruno Emond

Senior Research Officer
Digital Technologies
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: French
Telephone: 613-993-0154


Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-computer interaction