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Our goal is to help organizations put together powerful learning solutions that last long, create value, and achieve results.

Our approach to eLearning has been strategic from the onset. We know that it takes more than great developers to build effective learning solutions. That's why for the last two decades we've been consistently acquiring expertise in Education, Pedagogy, Learning Techniques, Knowledge Engineering, e-Learning, and Neural Techniques.

This multifaceted approach combines sound learning methodologies, fresh technologies and dashing design; a symbiotic relationship that guarantees winning products and happy customers.

Our leadership team

Sylvain Abitbol

Co-president

M. Abitbol is a graduate form Ecole Polytechnique in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering in 1973. He worked 6 years for the Xerox Corporation where he was trained in telecommunications in the El Segundo California training center in the late 70’s.

In 1984 He started up a company in the telecom industry that created the first line of cable management solutions.

In 1990, Abitbol was responsible for another startup that went public. His clients were the Ilec’s which included Verizon and France Telecom.

He later became an early investor / technical advisor for a company that designed electronic trading platforms sold to major financial institutions. M. Abitbol is involved in various philanthropic activities. Today, he sits on the Advisory Board of uMind.

Ralph Benatar

Co-president

M. Benatar graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie (Paris-France) and also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburg-UK).

Prior to joining uMind, Mr. Benatar was President of Exchange Market Systems (EMS), a company specializing in the integration and automation of financial markets and networks solutions.

Mr. Benatar has also held senior executive positions at Union Carbide/Chemical Division, Bata Shoes/Research Division, Chimie Industrielle & Agricole/Research and Laboratory Division.

Mr. Benatar is responsible for uMind’s overall operations, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions.

David Abitbol

Business Development

As head of Business Development, David currently manages and monitors daily operations at uMind and reports to the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. He plays a strategic and tactical role in the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver uMind products/services. David ensures efficient business operations for optimized enterprise performance and manages resources to ensure effective production of products and services.

David is a graduate of Concordia University and has significant expertise in Educational Technology, Pedagogy and Emotional Intelligence and is directly involved in R & D activities at uMind.

Our History

Founded by Dr. Claude Frasson, uMind has earned international recognition as a visionary and opinion leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence and e-Learning. Noted for its first commercial application of Intelligent Tutoring Systems, uMind is connected with both academic and industrial communities.

Dr. Claude Frasson

As foudner of uMind and Virtuel Age International, Dr. Frasson is also the founder of the Intelligent Tutoring System Conference (ITS), a forum for the interchange of ideas in all areas of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Learning. Since 1988, ITS attracts over 500 researchers worldwide on a bi-annual basis

Dr. Frasson is at the head of the Heron Laboratory and the GRITI, a group of 75 multidisciplinary researchers across 7 North American universities whose main focus resides in Intelligent Tutoring Systems, a domain which regroups Artificial Intelligence, Education, Pedagogy, Learning techniques, Knowledge Engineering, e-Learning, and Neural Techniques. GRITI’s ultimate goal is to understand how the brain produces, stores and retrieves knowledge while recent research focuses on Emotional Intelligence. Some of Dr. Frasson’s accomplishments figure below:

Some of Dr. Frasson’s accomplishments figure below:

  • Over 300 publications and 4 books
  • Founder of the Intelligent Tutoring System Conference
  • International expert for the World Bank
  • International expert for United Nations
  • Scientific Adviser for Revenue Canada Scientific
  • Adviser for the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology Canada
  • Member of the Scientific Board Committee of Bell Canada, Northern Telecom, Bell Northern Research
  • Mission leader for the Government of Guinea and Sierra Leone
  • Adviser to the Government of Senegal
  • Referee for the Ministry of Industry (Paris)
  • Member of the Executive Steering Committee of internationally renowned Scientific Associations
  • Doctorat d’État in Computer Science from University of Nice (France, 1981)
  • Professor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence and Education) at the University of Montreal for the last 20 years.
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