The LATECE (Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Technologies du Commerce Électronique) research lab explores the technological (mostly), business, social, and ethical issues of internet applications. LATECE was founded in 2002 by six professors from the département d’informatique of UQAM, specializing in software engineering, artificial intelligence, distributed computing, and telecommunications. Today, LATECE boats 15 regular researchers and 10 associate researchers from 9 research institutions and 4 countries (Canada, Netherlands, USA, Sweden). Since 2010, our regular members have published over 400 papers, supervised more than 250 students and post-doctoral researchers, and earned more than 6,000,000 in research funds.

The LATECE maintains a network of collaborations with a number of labs both within UQAM, and outside of UQAM– and Canada!

  • LARIM (UQO):  Laboratoire de Recherche sur l’Information Multimédia (LARIM) conducting research on multimedia data mining
  • PolyMORSE (Polytechnique Montréal): Polytechnique Montréal Researchers in Software Engineering
  • LASI (ETS) The Laboratoire en Architecture de Systèmes Informatiques, conducting research in information system and software architecture
  • SLTS (ESG-UQAM):  Smart Logistics and Transportation Systems.
  • GRISQ (UQAM): Groupe de Recherche sur l’Information et la Surveillance au Quotidien, conducting research on sociological and ethical issues involved in data mining (“big data”) and surveillance
  • GDAC (UQAM):  Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion, Diffusion et Acquisition de Connaissances, conducting research in knowledge representation, acquisition, and management, with applications in e-learning
  • SPIRALS (INRIA-Lille): Le LATECE holds a formal–and funded– status as an INRIA Associate team with the SPIRALS (Self-Adaptation for Distributed Services and Large Software Systems) team at INRIA-Lille.
  • Our mission

Our research aims at developing models, techniques, tools, and languages for the business design, software engineering, deployment, and exploitation of internet applications that are operational, innovative, effective, efficient, secure, and socially responsible.

The LATECE has three complementary missions :

  • Advancing the state of the art in internet applications through funded fundamental and applied research, working jointly with users and creators of such applications.
  • The training of highly-qualified personnel in internet technologies: currently, LATECE hosts over one hundred graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, who are acquiring highly prized technical skills combined with a profound understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of the underlying challenges
  • Knowledge dissemination and transfer, through a highly attended regular seminar series and an international conference on Internet technologies (International MCETECH Conference on eTechnologies, see
  • Our values :

Even though we work on an eminently technical field, we have quite a bit of latitude in, i) choosing which problems to work on, ii) choosing solution approaches, and iii) choosing how we share the results:

  • Science with conscience[1]: The internet pervades all the spheres of human activity, and manages the bulk of our social and business interactions. Whether we like it or not, our research contributes directly, or indirectly, the actual or potential, benefits or pitfalls, of internet applications, and raise social and ethical questions (security, privacy, profiling, surveillance, etc.). We acknowledge these dimensions, and address them in our research.
  • Open source software: In our work, we use a wide range of software tools, both commercial, and academic (research prototypes). We stronmgly believe in the open-source model, and we constantly seek to contribute to the open-source ecosystem whenever our funding organizations allow it– and most do.
  • Grounded in its milieu, open to the world: We take at heart this UQAM value. At  LATECE, we work tirelessly to develop partnerships with developers of Internet applications (innovative IT companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals with an presence R&D in Québec), and their users who are often public organizations (Héritage Canada, Ville de Montréal, hospitals, etc.), in Montréal, Québec, Canada, and abroad. Our current and past partners include Ericsson, Expedia, Fujitsu, IBM, Orckestra, SAP, Trisotech, Ubisoft, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (, and XEROX PARC (N.Y., USA).
Executive committee  
    Jean Privat Assistant director        Hafedh Mili         Director      Wessam Ajib   Assistant director
[1]” Science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’âme” – Rabelais