Work and interests
Philippe Giabbanelli was an Investigator Scientist in the Public Health Modelling team, which is part of the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), and left the Unit in July 2015.
He is a computational modeller and data scientist with expertise in computer simulations applied to health. In particular, he studies how social and environmental factors shape health behaviours such as physical activity behaviour, food behaviour, or drinking behaviour. He believes that these problems require an interdisciplinary approach, and thus enjoys working with colleagues from a variety of fields such as statistics, health promotion, or psychology. His training is also interdisciplinary, with degrees in both computing science and biomedical physiology.
Philippe has published over 20 articles in venues such as the American Journal of Public Health, Advances in Complex Systems, and the Journal of Computational Science. The variety of venues illustrates his interest in both the technical and applied aspects. For example, he has developed new frameworks in artificial intelligence with Dr. Vijay Mago at Troy University and Dr. Diane Finegood at Simon Fraser University. He has also applied agent-based modelling and social networks to specific problems with Dr. Rik Crutzen at Maastricht University, and with the Provincial Health Services Authority of British Columbia.