Professor Kelly Lyons holds a BSc, MSc, and a PhD in Computing and Information Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Professor Kelly Lyons teaches and conducts researches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool). Her expertise lies in the area of information systems, media and design. Among other things, she is currently studying ways in which social media can support human‐to‐human interactions in service systems.
Lyons was initially attracted to the computing and information science field because it allowed her to do two of the things she greatly enjoys: problem-solving, and traveling the world.
“Writing and debugging really hard programs in my second year was the most fun for me. The harder the problem, the more satisfying it was,” she says.
The IBM years
Kelly joined IBM after her undergraduate degree, and worked there in various capacities for over two decades. As Program Director of IBM Toronto Lab Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS), she was responsible for roughly 60 applied collaborative university research projects, 100 visiting academic researchers, and CASCON – a major international general computer science conference hosted in Canada, attended by over 1500 people every year.
As Program Director of IBM Toronto Lab Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS), she was responsible for roughly 60 applied collaborative university research projects, 100 visiting academic researchers, and CASCON.
Her collaborative projects were in areas such as data management, collaboration, distance education, privacy, social computing, and service science. Other projects included the Virtual Workplace for Multidisciplinary Education, Privacy in e-Commerce, and Self-managing Management Database Systems.
Under Lyons, CAS Toronto won the prestigious NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, Leo Derikx category, for “an established innovative model of long-standing university-industry partnership in pre-competitive R & D that has improved the general well-being of an industry”.