Who We Are
IDI is a community that values collaboration, broad participation, transparency, and openness. IDI research projects engage a range of disciplines, sectors, and collaborating organizations from around the world.
With senior leadership roles spanning the United Nations to Silicon Valley and the University of California, Lon Addison has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, research, and management of information technology in heritage, design & engineering, culture & the arts, and the environment. He has guided research in new media/VR as Director of UC Berkeley's Center for Design Visualization, served as Vice President of 3D laser scanning pioneer Cyra Technologies, and reformed online knowledge and communications as Director in External Relations and Information at UNESCO.
A leading authority on 'digital heritage' he has led field conservation projects at heritage sites across the globe. Mr. Addison is a frequent speaker on technology, culture, and design, and has authored numerous papers and books, including "Disappearing World" (HarperCollins, 2007-09) published to acclaim in 9 languages. With degrees in engineering, architecture and computing from Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley, he serves as President of the Int'l VSMM Society, VP of the ICOMOS Int’l Scientific Committee for Interpretation & Presentation, and on the boards of multiple philanthropies and non-profits.
Ronald Baecker is Professor of Computer Science, Bell Universities Laboratories Chair in Human-Computer Interaction, and Director of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAGlab) at the University of Toronto. An ACM Fellow, he has been named one of the 60 Pioneers of Computer Graphics by ACM SIGGRAPH, has been elected to the CHI (Computers and Human Interaction) Academy by ACM SIGCHI, and has been given the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award.
Professor Haim Bresheeth is a highly experienced researcher and group leader in the fields of Critical and Media Theory and Practice, including filmmaking and documentary. He has worked as an advisor and evaluator on many international programmes and has won and directed several major international funding bids for research in the arts and technology.
Mary Jane Carroll
Mary Jane Carroll has a Master of Architecture (Inclusive Design) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently employed as a professor in the Sheridan College ITAL Bachelor of Applied Arts (Interior Design) program, and has a cross-appointment in the CCIT program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga to teach universal design. Additionally, she is a Research Associate at the Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) Center at UB, and is the author of “Universal Design and the Interior Environment”, a chapter in the recently released “Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments” book by Dr. Ed Steinfeld and Jordana Maisel. Mary Jane has been teaching and researching person-environment fit for the past 12 years and has delivered conference papers both in Canada and abroad. She has had papers published in the US, India, and Canada.
Current research projects include inclusive design and public housing, with a particular focus on accessibility; the development of federal standards for the home modifications industry in the US, in conjunction with the IDeA Center; and an aging in place certificate program for working professionals.
Sambhavi Chandrashekar is an Adjunct Professor in Research and Graduate Studies with the OCAD University and a Sessional Instructor / Research Supervisor in their Masters program in Inclusive Design. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the iSchool, University of Toronto, complemented by two-years of postdoctoral research with the University of Toronto funded by a MITACS Elevate Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship. She holds two Masters degrees–M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London (UK) and M.Sc. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in India.
Sambhavi has been working with the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / Inclusive Design Research Centre since 2005, both directly and indirectly, on several research projects involving people with disabilities. She supervises a variety of student projects in the Masters program in Inclusive Design. Her primary research interest lies in the inclusive design of information, communication and mobility systems with special focus on the needs of people with disabilities. She also works towards promoting the use of tablet devices as assistive technologies for people with cognitive and speech-language impairments through the design and development of appropriate software. She was one of the expert evaluators of W3C’s WebContent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 prior to their publication in December 2008.
Tom Chau, Ph.D., P.Eng., received his education at the Universities of Toronto (BASc, MASc) and Waterloo (PhD). From 1996-97, he worked on a number of consulting contracts with KPMG Management Consulting and subsequently joined IBM Canada as a consultant in the Enterprise Resource Planning practice (1997-1999). In 1998, he was awarded an IBM Special Achievement Award as one of the highest grossing technical consultants in the Canadian practice. In 2000, Tom received the Duncan L. Gordon post-doctoral fellowship from the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. He was appointed Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2004 and a Scientist and Theme Leader at the Bloorview Research Institute in 2005.
Tom occupies his time with a combination of research, teaching, advocacy and fund raising. He draws motivation from witnessing the courage and tenacity of children with disabilities and their families. Tom cherishes the multidisciplinary milieu of health and allied health professions at Bloorview and within the University of Toronto community. In particular, he is inspired daily by the passion of his graduate students to make a difference through excellence in applied science and engineering.
Kathryn Church studied Psychology at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan (Masters 1983) and Sociology at OISE/University of Toronto (PhD 1993) during radical periods in the history of these departments. But it was psychiatric survivors who truly politicized her as she encountered them, their stories, and their activism while she was employed as an organizer in the mid-80s. These relationships propelled her into a decade of post-doctoral engagement as a “freelance” researcher working for and with psychiatric survivor organizations. Then, in 2002 she was drawn into Ryerson by the challenge of building a research program for the School of Disability Studies that would resonate with issues and debates in this emergent field.
Cristóbal Cobo collaborates in four research projects founded by the European Commission: Network of Excellence in Internet Science; OportUnidad; K-Networks and Socio-Economic Services for European Research. In 2009 he was visiting researcher at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford, granted by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). His second book "Invisible Learning" (co-written with John Moravec) has been presented in a dozen of countries and has registered over 20,000 downloads. Doctor Cobo has recently collaborated with institutions the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning (COL), International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Canada), and International Labour Organization and European Commission (Seventh Framework Programme). At the University of Oxford, he supervises master students at Oxford Internet Institute and Department of Education. He has held lectures all over Latin America, France, Portugal, United States, Spain, UK, Netherlands and China. He edits http://blogs.oii.ox.ac.uk/cobo.
Leslie S. Conery, CAE, PhD, Deputy CEO and ISTE Conference Chair, holds an MS degree in computer science and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with research emphases in the areas of educational technology and professional development. Dr. Conery brings a learner-centered perspective to her work on education transformation based on extensive classroom teaching and school administration experience. She serves on ISTE's leadership team for the NETS, the widely recognized and adopted educational technology standards. Recent projects include increasing the representation of women in technology, developing assessments for digital age learning skills, and serving on the board of ICIE, ISTE's affiliate in India.
Una Daly is the Community College Outreach Director at the OpenCourseWare Consortium where she promotes awareness and adoption of open educational practices to improve teaching and learning and expand access at community and technical colleges. Prior to joining the consortium, she was the Director of the College Open Textbooks Collaborative promoting adoption of open accessible textbooks through faculty adopter communities and accessibility awareness for creation and reuse of open educational materials. Her expertise also includes computer technologies and the use of ePortfolios for learning assessment in health licensing and engineering. She worked as a software manager and engineer at Apple Computer, 3 Com, and Motorola prior to a career shift into higher education. Ms. Daly also serves as a Masters’ Research Project adviser at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.
Dr Desjardins' academic career has been focused on the study of the role technology can play in the learning process at different levels. In the past few years, that interest has moved towards mobile-learning and it’s potential to alter our thinking about pedagogy.
As the former Associate Dean of Education (UOIT), Dr Desjardins was responsible for launching the Masters in Education and Digital Technology as well as the BA program in Adult Education and Digital Technology, both entirely offered online with regular face-to-face meetings in a desktop videoconferencing system.
He is also the founding director of the Educational Informatics Lab at the Faculty of Education at UOIT, with projects focused on the study of the user experience with digital technology for learning, including work on adaptive technologies. So far this has lead him to develop an epistemological model of Human-Computer-Human Interaction that served as the framework for the development of COLE (Collaborative Online Learning environment), a prototype designed to study student online preferences and interactions. These and other projects in the EILab’s can offer the possibilities of examining how learners and their instructors interact not only with each other but with any other resources in real time and with a multitude of data collection systems.
Recently appointed to the Order of Ontario, Sara Diamond holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications. She was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995. She currently serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation, ORANO (Ontario’s high-speed network), the board of National Centre of Excellence GRAND, IO (Interactive Ontario), and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's SACUR (Standing Advisory Committee on University Research). She is founding Chair of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre and current co-chair.
Since 1972, Victoria Dickenson has worked full-time within the museum sector, beginning as a cataloguer in the East Asian Department at the Royal Ontario Museum, and now working as Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Toronto. Throughout her career, she has been engaged with issues around acquisition, preservation and access, not only to collections but to knowledge.
Dr. Donegan is an internationally recognized expert who has published and presented widely in the field of assistive technology. He has extensive experience in both the development and application of leading edge assistive technologies from both a clinical and research perspective. His experience applies to the areas of assistive technologies for special education, alternative and augmentative communication, and creativity and leisure application including eye-controlled and brain-controlled games for learning. He brings a combination of extensive special needs teaching and clinical experience with university-level teaching, research and examination at the PhD level.
Dr. Doruff is widely published in academic and professional circles and knowledgeable of practice-based post-graduate pedagogical methods in the field of creative praxis, at the Masters and PhD levels. Dr. Doruff has thus far supervised four PhD candidates to completion and is a senior researcher in charge of a start-up PhD program at the Rietveld Academy of art and Design in the Netherlands.
Dr. Doyle is widely published in academic and professional circles. She is a highly experienced researcher and group leader who has worked as an advisor and evaluator on the European Commission programs in the areas of art, design and technology. Dr. Doyle is an innovator in the use of virtual worlds for learning, including for artists and for people with disabilities.
Dr. Duffy has strong experience in robotics, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction. He has developed extensive experience in managing critical real-world situation on both a technical and project level. This, in conjunction with his research interests and motivations, provides a robust experience-based context to the research objectives of the Inclusive Design Research Centre and Institute.
Dr. Fels has a PhD (1994) in Human Factors from Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Health Science (1987) in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto. She is currently employed as a professor in the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, and the Director of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University.
Current research projects include: 1) emotive captioning and music visualization including software application, EnACT for adding animation to text; 2) descriptive audio (live and post production) including software tool, LiveDescribe, and associated description wiki for amateur describers; 3) SignLink Studio co-creator for creating online sign language web pages see http://www.signlinkstudio.ca; and 4) sensory substitution techniques for access to sound and visual information contained in film and television content for people with disabilities – including creation of a vibrotactile system called the Emoti-chair. She received one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 awards for the year 2001. Finally, she is currently participating as a member of the Canadian Tri-council Panel on Research Ethics.
In addition to his role as Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Dr. Florida is professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School. He is the founder of the Creative Class Group, a global think tank based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the Rotman School he was the Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. Prof. Florida taught for nearly two decades at Carnegie Mellon University and has been a visiting professor at MIT and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He earned his bachelor’s from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His books include three best sellers: The Rise of the Creative Class (Basic Books, 2002), The Flight of the Creative Class (Harper Collins, 2005) and Who’s Your City (Basic Books, 2008).
Catherine Frazee is a writer, an educator and an activist. These three identities come together for her at Ryerson, where she happily indulges her activist inclinations and curiosities about disability rights, disability arts and the place of disabled people in moral and political culture. Drawing from her own experience of disablement as point of entry, she seeks to write and teach pathways into ethical and cultural dialogues about citizenship and personhood. Her present work is informed by many years of involvement in the equality struggles of disadvantaged and marginalized groups, most notably during a term as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1992.
Professor Goodman is an expert on lifelong learning models, and creative and assistive technologies. With extensive academic and professional experience in CTI, Professor Goodman has written widely on this subject and has run many successful funded projects in this domain.
Dr. Sara M. Grimes is an Assistant Professor of Children's Literature and New Media at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, and Visiting Professor at the University of St. Michael’s College. She researches and teaches primarily in the areas of children's digital media culture(s), play studies and critical theories of technology, with a special focus on digital games. Sara's work has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, The Information Society, The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, and Communication, Culture & Critique. Her published work includes explorations of children's virtual worlds and online communities, examinations of online marketing targeted to children, the articulation of a critical theory of digital game play, and discussions of the legal and ethical dimensions of virtual property in online games. In addition to her own research on child-generated content in digital games, Sara is currently collaborating on a number of play-related projects. She is associate director of the Inclusive Design Institute UofT Mobile and Pervasive Computing Cluster, heading the Adaptive Gaming and Inclusive Play research area. She is co-applicant on a recently awarded Partnership Development Grant on Digital Economy Trading Zones, leading a reference project on Play. Sara is on the advisory boards of the Media Awareness Network’s Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase 3, TIFF Nexus New Media Literacy, and Atmosphere Industries' "Privacy: The Game!."
Before joining Sheridan College as a faculty member in 2005, John worked for over twenty years as a freelance director, production manager, and writer within the Canadian film and television industry. His credits include production management for children’s series television such as Degrassi and OWLTV; multiple series as a writer for TVOntario; and directing of independent shorts, children’s television and a feature film.
At Sheridan John has taught directing, visual effects and previsualization, a new course he developed that is jointly taken by directing, cinematography, and production design students. He is principal researcher and initial Director of the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre established by Sheridan College in conjunction with industry partners at Pinewood Toronto Studios. This studio and post-production facility serves as a collaborative workspace for integration of new production and post-production technologies within the film, television, gaming, and interactive industries. Most recently, John was presented with the ORION 2012 Leadership Award for Higher Education, recognizing his innovative work within the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre.
David Humphrey is a professor in the Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) at Seneca College. His teaching and research focus on open web standards, web browser architecture, and open source development practices, with a special focus on the development and creation of multimedia web standards and technologies. He is also a long time contributor and developer with the Mozilla project, working on the Firefox web browser. David works closely with the Mozilla Foundation on educational projects, and is the Foundation's Educational Liaison.
Alejandro (Alex) R. Jadad
Dr. Jadad is a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate, whose mission is to help improve health and wellness for all, thorough information and communication technologies (ICTs).
He has been called a «human Internet», as his research and innovation work seeks to identify and connect the best minds, the best knowledge and the best tools across traditional boundaries to eliminate unnecessary suffering. Such work focuses on a radical 'glocal' innovation model designed to improve the capacity of humans to imagine, create and promote new and better approaches to living, healing, working and learning across the world. Powered by social networks and other leading-edge telecommunication tools, his projects attempt to anticipate and respond to major public health threats (e.g., multiple chronic conditions, pandemics) through strong and sustainable international collaboration, and to enable the public (particularly young people) to shape the health system and society.
Erin Jones holds a Master’s in Information Studies, and has extensive experience working in research methodology design and analysis, as well as conducting usability studies and user centred design research. Currently, she holds a Research Project Management role within the Office of Applied Research that positions her well to oversee and coordinate the planning, design, and execution of research projects conducted through the ARO in the new lab facilities of I-PORTAL, and to assist in the training and instruction of faculty conducting usability and design research in the labs.
In his over 25 years at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Avrim Katzman has been the senior professor in the internationally renowned Computer Animation Program as well as the founding Director and principal investigator of Sheridan’s first research institute, the Visualization Design Institute. His research has been supported by significant grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, the Ontario Innovations Trust, NSERC, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, as well as numerous private sector contracts. He is the architect of Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Game Design and serves as the Coordinator of Game Design Programs in the Faculty of Animation Arts and Design. His current research interests are in inclusive game design, and the applications of game technologies in transmedia production.
Axel Leblois spent over 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the United States including as CEO of Computerworld Communications, CEO of IDC - International Data Corporation, President of Bull HN Worldwide Information Systems - formerly Honeywell Information Systems, CEO of ExecuTrain and President of W2i, the Wireless Internet Institute. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities organized for policy makers, civil society and the private sector to foster collaboration among multiple stakeholders. In his capacity, Mr. Leblois oversees all the publishing, capacity building and advocacy activities of G3ict. Mr. Leblois served as a Senior Special Fellow of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and is a founding trustee of its North American affiliate CIFAL Atlanta. He served as chairman of the board of the Atlanta International School and is currently chairman of the board of CASIE, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education and a trustee of the Clarkston Development Foundation. Mr. Leblois holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.
Robert Luke is Assistant Vice President of Research and Innovation for George Brown College where he works with industry and community partners to address business and social innovation. Dr. Luke is also responsible for institutional research including corporate planning and strategy, and educational quality measurement and improvement.
Maintaining an active research program in participatory innovation design and the application of innovative technologies in healthcare and education, Dr. Luke’s current research investigates the role of students in applied research and graduates with innovation literacy fostering innovation and productivity in firms. He is chair of the Polytechnics Canada Research Group, a member of the Toronto Community Foundation Toronto Vital Signs Advisory Group, a member of the George Brown College Board of Governors, and a member of the Programs and Quality Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Rhonda McEwen is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, and Information Technology at the University of Toronto in Mississauga. She holds an MBA in Information Technology from City University in London, England, an MSc in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Information from University of Toronto. Dr. McEwen's research and teaching centre around information practices involving new media technologies, with an emphasis on mobile & tablet applications, social media design, and youth. She has designed and researched digital communications media for 15 years, both in companies providing services, and in management consulting to those companies. Dr. McEwen is currently researching the use of tablet devices by non-verbal autistic children for communication and sociality in two Toronto school settings.
McIntyre has been a member of faculty since 2000 in microelectronics, mechanical and electro-mechanical programs, with teaching experience in math, physics, electronics, manufacturing and project design. McIntyre is the Innovation Coordinator for CCET, having lead responsibility for faculty engagement in applied research, business development and project intake. McIntrye’s expertise in new product development is widely utilized across the college in all areas, particularly health technology. His role as lead investigator for I-PORTAL will be to continue capacity development and industry innovation activities.
Dr. Dawn Mercer PhD is a Research Coordinator in the Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) at Seneca College. CDOT conducts applied research into many aspects of open source software including inclusive design. Dawn has been involved with numerous inclusive design projects, including the MonAmi system and the inclusive design of learning objects. Dawn coordinates CDOT's participation in the Inclusive Design Institute and many of the day-to-day activities of the Centre.
Rod Michalko, PhD, Associate Professor of Equity Studies, New College at the University of Toronto teaches disability studies in the Department of Equity Studies, New College, University of Toronto. He is also adjunct professor of Disability Studies in the Critical Disability Studies program at York University. Rod is author of numerous articles and three books, the most recent, The Difference that Disability Makes(Temple UP 2002). He is currently in the final stages of completing his forth book, Double Trouble: Disability and Disability Studies. All of Rod’s work is committed to the exploration of disability as a cultural phenomenon and his starting point is his own blindness experience.
Alex Mihailidis, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehab Institute. He is also the Graduate Coordinator for the Clinical Engineering Program. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (U of T) and in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (U of T), with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science (U of T). He has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing and intelligent systems in health for the past 13 years, having published over 150 journal papers, conference papers, and abstracts in this field. He has specifically focused on the development of intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications. He currently holds several major research grants from internationally recognized funding agencies to support this work (including both the Canadian and American Alzheimer Associations, NSERC, and CIHR). He is also a CIHR New Investigator. His research has been completed through collaborations with other researchers in this field from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and with various industrial partners. Dr. Mihailidis has also co-edited two books: one from CRC Press entitled “Pervasive computing in healthcare”, and the other from IOS Press entitled “Technology and Aging”, which resulted from him being the conference chair for the 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging. Dr. Mihailidis is also very active in the rehabilitation engineering profession, currently as the President-Elect for RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America).
Dr. Morie is widely published in academic and professional circles. She is a highly experienced researcher and group leader who has worked as an advisor and evaluator on the European Commission programs in the areas of art, design and technology. Dr. Morie has won and directed several major international funding bids for research in the arts and technology.
Bill Muirhead is currently the Associate Provost, Academic and Information Technology at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology (UOIT) located in Oshawa, Ontario. Prior to relocating to the Greater Toronto Area, Bill was the founding Executive Director of the Alberta Online Consortium (AOC) and served as a senior advisor to Alberta Learning in areas of e-learning, professional development, and policy areas involving information and communications technologies (ICT) on K-1 and postsecondary education. Bill has extensive experience in teacher training, online education, policy development and e-learning. His research interests include professional practices in online education; design of hybrid teaching-learning environments; policy support for learning object repositories; and implementation issues surrounding the use of ICT in postsecondary institutions. An internationally recognized speaker, Bill is the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and innovation in e-learning.
Professor Murphy is widely published in academic and professional circles. She is a highly experienced researcher and group leader who has worked as an advisor and evaluator on many European projects in Access, Inclusion and Women's Leadership.
Dr. Ron Owston is Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies (IRLT) and co-director of the Technology Enhanced Learning Institute (TELi) at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In June 2007, York University awarded him the honorary title of University Professor for his "extraordinary contribution to the University as a colleague, teacher, and scholar." He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and published in a variety of fields including technology in education, program evaluation, and teacher development in journals such as Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Computer-Based Instruction, Journal of Information Technology in Teacher Education, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Internet & Higher Education, and Journal of Research on Computing in Education. Currently, he is researching university course re-design through blended learning and is collaborating with the Inclusive Design Institute, a project aimed at increasing the accessibility and usability of academic software. In the latter project, he is leading the development of the Open Virtual Usability Lab (OpenVULab), an open source application for remote accessibility and usability testing
Professor Pennefather is academic director of the Laboratory for Collaborative Diagnostics. Current research focuses on the process of collaborative diagnostics and data sharing infrastructure used in health systems. His particular focus is on digital machine and internet assisted mapping and formatting of physical signature data and information associated with human ascribed attributes and qualities of biological systems, medicinal products, and therapeutic outcomes. He is outreach director for the UofT Knowledge Media and Design Institute and a member of the Institute of Medical Science and department of Physiology graduate departments. Outside of UofT he is president of gDial Inc..
Dr. Pereyra's academic focus centres on interdisciplinary aspects of our multicultural society, as expressed through art, music, film, worship, multimedia, technology and sacred spaces. He is particularly interested in ritual spaces as iconic points of reference that provide unique meanings to the collective memory of a culture, and how creative experiences of transmitting information and communication can reach users and vice-versa. His Latin American, European and North American multi-cultural background greatly enrich his experience of the world and his scholarly work. Dr. Pereya organizes collaboration and community engagement of over 90 collaborating research organizations at the IDI, including managing the events and exhibits at the Open Gallery at 49 McCaul Street in Toronto.
Matt Ratto received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 2003, writing his dissertation on the social organization of the Linux development community. Following this, he completed a 2 year post-doc at the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information (NIWI) and in 2005 helped create the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam (VKS-KNAW). In 2005, he was awarded a Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) grant to study the use of computer simulation and modeling technologies in Archaeology and in 2007 was given a 1 year fellowship in the HUMlab, an innovative digital humanities laboratory located at the University of Umea, Sweden. He moved to the University of Toronto in 2008.
Matt is the director of the Critical Making lab at the University of Toronto. This facility provides students and faculty researchers with basic electrical, craft, and computing equipment that can be used to design, develop, and explore material fabrication and technical prototyping.
Matt is also the director of the ThingTank Lab, a private-public-academic consortium interested in investigating, exploring, and building capacity around new developments in tangible interfaces, smart objects, and digital infrastructures. Departing from the traditional model of the hackerspace, ThingTank is a “digital economy trading zone”, a virtual and physical space where Ontario companies, academic institutions, and community organizations can leverage their joint knowledge and skills in order to support each other in doing novel research, creating innovative products and services, and fostering creative and engaging work in the Internet of Things.
Marcia Rioux is a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management MA and PhD (Critical Disability Studies) as well as the Director of the York Institute of Health Research. She also teaches a core course in the newly inaugurated PhD (Critical Disability Studies) at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. With Bengt Lindqvist, she is the co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally. Professor Rioux’s research includes health and human rights, universal education, international monitoring of disability rights, the impact of globalization on welfare policy, literacy policy, disability policy, and social inclusion. Dr. Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been an advisor to federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGO's as well as United Nations agencies. She has edited a number of collected volumes and nearly 70 book chapters and articles on disability rights. She has just completed an appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her PhD is in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley.
Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Care Network. She has a private practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and leads MBCT groups. Additionally Dr. Rockman supervises medical residents and has been an educator of healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness based practices.
Marlene Scardamalia holds the Presidents' Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies at OISE/University of Toronto and directs IKIT, the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology—a worldwide network of innovators working to advance the frontiers of knowledge building in various sectors. "Knowledge building," a term now widely used in education and knowledge management, originated with the CSILE/Knowledge Building project. Marlene led the team that created CSILE (Computer Supported Intentional Learning Environments), which was the first networked knowledge building environment for education. The second generation version of this technology, Knowledge Forum®, is in use in countries worldwide, in education, health, business, and professional organizations. Knowledge building theories, models, practices and technologies have been developed in partnership with Carl Bereiter and team members.
Geoffrey Shea is a Canadian media artist and researcher whose work highlights the intersections and opportunities between technological systems, belief systems and identity. His productions incorporate interactive programming, site-specific installation, mobile phones, a philosophical twist and a critical voice.
Shea was a founder, in the 1980s, of InterAccess Electronic Media Art Centre in Toronto and an editor of the video journal, Diderot. Later he was the co-director of the international artist-in-residence program at United Media Arts Studies. He has curated numerous exhibitions and film programs, and is currently the Co-Artistic Director of the Common Pulse Media Art Festival.
Shea is an Associate Professor at OCAD University where he teaches part-time. He is the Co-Director of the Mobile Experience Lab at OCAD, where he is leading research into the intersections between artistic expression and physical disability, and the potential role of emerging technology. He recently piloted student projects in collaboration with the CBC and Holland Bloorview Kid’s Hospital.
Jim Slotta is an associate professor of education in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at The University of Toronto, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Education and Technology. In 2006, he established the ENCORE lab, a talented team of students, designers and developers who investigate collaborative inquiry learning in formal (K-12) and informal (home, field and museum) settings. In collaboration with researchers from Oslo, Chicago and Berkeley, Slotta and his team have developed the Scalable Architecture for Interactive Learning (SAIL), as well as a framework for smart classroom research called SAIL Smart Space. Recent funded projects have examined the use of embedded phenomena in elementary classrooms, distributed and ubiquitous learning in high school physics, and an immersive rainforest simulation for high school biology. Together, these projects have advanced a theoretical model known as Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI). Professor Slotta and his team have published their work widely, with more than 50 papers presented at major conferences in the past three years. Taken together, this work examines how students can become a knowledge community, supported by technology, to enable inclusive participation and promote the growth of ideas.
Brian Cantwell Smith is a Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, with additional appointments in Philosophy, Computer Science, and the Program in Communication, Culture and Technology. Dr. Smith served as the Dean of the Faculty from 2003-2008, where he also held a Canada Research Chair in the Foundations of Information. He is a senior fellow at Massey College, and a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Dr. Smith received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. In the 1980s and 1990s he held senior research and administrative positions at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) in California, was an adjunct professor in the Philosophy and Computer Science departments at Stanford University, was a founder and principal investigator of the Stanford-based Centre for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), and was a founder and first President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR). In 1996 he moved to the Indiana University at Bloomington as professor of cognitive science, computer science, philosophy, and informatics, and a fellow of the Center for Social Informatics in the School of Library and Information Sciences. From 2001 to 2003 he held the Kimberly J. Jenkins University Professorship of Philosophy and New Technologies at Duke University, with appointments in Philosophy and Computer Science.
Dr Smith's research focuses on the conceptual foundations of computation and information, and on new forms of metaphysics, ontology, and epistemology. He is the author of On the Origin of Objects (MIT, 1996) and two volumes of papers forthcoming from Harvard University Press entitled "Indiscrete Affairs". A seven volume series entitled "The Age of Significance: An Essay on the Origins of Computation and Intentionality" is being published simultaneously online and on paper by the MIT Press.
Kevin Stolarick, PhD is the Associate Director and Research Associate at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has held faculty positions at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and for over a decade worked with technology in the insurance industry as a manager of strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Honors in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University. He has taught numerous courses in statistical analysis, Information Systems and in Regional Economic Development. His research interests include the relationship between firm performance and information technology and the impacts of technology, tolerance, talent, and quality of place on regional growth and prosperity. Kevin provided quantitative research and analytical support for Richard Florida during the development of his books The Rise of the Creative Class, The Flight of the Creative Class and Who’s Your City?. He continues in collaboration with Richard and others researchers. This research includes primary development of measures, indicators, and benchmarking approaches with significant impact on theory growth and development related the Creative Class theory. He developed all updated indicators and measures for the paperback version of the book, and continues to work on theoretical and measurement-based advances associated with the Creative Economy. One of the few statistical analysts who has the complete works of Edward Tufte and Donald Norman on his shelves, Kevin presents informative, accessible and entertaining insights into the Creative Economy and the role of the Creative Class in increasing regional growth and prosperity.
Dr. Sudol is an internationally recognized expert who has published and presented widely in the field of assistive technology and computer vision. He has extensive experience in both the development and application of leading edge assistive technologies from both a clinical and research perspective. His experience applies to the areas of computer vision and mobile technologies for the blind.
Lynne Teather is Assoc. Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, where she has been teaching since 1980. She is Principal Investigator for the AMICO Testbed - focussing on the museological perspectives of museums and new media, especially the user context of museum meaning-making.
Tanya Titchkosky pursues research and teaching in Disability Studies (DS). She does this work from her perspective as dyslexic and with an interpretive sociological approach informed by phenomenology; hermeneutics; critical disability, race, and queer theory. Along with being a full member of School of Graduate Studies (SGS), and part of the Women and Gender Studies Institute, U of T, she is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick.
All of her work in disability studies aims to explore the social meaning of embodiment as it is made manifest between people situated in world orders not of our own choosing. Disability studies is then a place of critical inquiry where the meaning of our intersecting lives as bodies, minds, senses, emotions within complex webs of power and interpretations of normalcy can be explored and understood in new ways.
Through both teaching and research, Tanya aims to examine how everyday life and social theory exclude and include disability within the politically charged interpretive milieu of social differences and desires, conflicts and commitments. As Principal Investigator of a standard SSHRC research grant, “The Cultural Production of Disability as an Excludable Type in University Life,” with co-investigator Dr. Rod Michalko, she is examining the ways in which educational contexts continue to include disability as an excludable type and how this relation is represented by images, texts, policy and programs that aim to fix, control, contain or manage disability within educational contexts.
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto, formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre. The IDRC conducts proactive research and development in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise on inclusive design. Jutta has led many international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion. These include the Fluid Project, Fluid Engage, CulturAll, Stretch, FLOE and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specification internationally (including ISO 24751 , and AODA Information and Communication).
Chris Tyler is a faculty member in the Seneca College School of ICT and a researcher in the Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology. He focuses on open source technology, particularly Linux on emerging platforms. Chris is the author of two O'Reilly books, Fedora Linux and X Power Tools. His current research is centered on building Fedora Linux for ARM low-energy computing devices, including investigations into the role that these devices may play in inclusive pervasive computing.
Professor Stuart Walker is Director of Design and Co-Director of the ImaginationLancaster creative research lab at Lancaster University, UK. He is also Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK and Adjunct Prof. of Sustainable Design at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada. His research papers have been published and presented internationally and his conceptual designs have been exhibited at the Design Museum, London, across Canada and in Rome. His books include: Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice, Earthscan, London, 2006; Enabling Solutions, co-written with Ezio Manzini and Barry Wylant, University of Calgary Press, Canada, 2008; and The Spirit of Design: Objects, Environment and Meaning, Taylor and Francis/Earthscan, Abingdon, 2011. He is also lead editor of the Handbook of Design for Sustainability, due to be published by Berg in 2013.
Evan Weaver is a Chair of the School of Information and Communications Technology at Seneca College. He is one of the co-founders of Seneca's Centre for Development of Open Technology, and is the administrator of record for research projects taking place in the Centre. Under his guidance, the Centre has grown from an association of like-minded faculty to a formal research facility with significant industry involvement and funding from agencies such as NSERC, Canadian Heritage, FedDev and OCE.
Dr. Weisman is an anthropologist and computer scientist by training, who has led some of the USA's most influential long term studies into the area of children's health and design for well-being. He is widely published in academic and professional circles. He is a highly experienced researcher and group leader who has worked as an advisor, grant committee chairperson, and evaluator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Carl Sagan Discover Center, among others. Dr. Weisman serves as CIO of the Children's Health Fund, Dir. of Strategic Technologies for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, founder of the Center for Community Health Technology, and a founding partner at Collaborative Data Systems and Analytics LLC. Dr. Weisman has won and directed a variety of international funding bids for research in the areas of health and well-being and health data presentation and visualization.
Mr. Williams has a stellar career in media production, management and leadership including design of accessible learning tools. He served for years as Head of BBC Open University media groups, and then as Head of Research for the BBC, before taking up his most recent post as Head of IT for the London Olympics and Paralympic Games. He is a highly experienced researcher and group leader who has worked as an advisor and evaluator for many European programmes and projects. Mr. Williams has won and directed several major international funding bids for research in the areas of media futures and educational technologies.