Deborah Fels

October 15th, 2010 by Jason

Deborah Fels

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.

Her research interests include access to multi-media computer applications and interfaces for people with disabilities, inclusive media, web-based applications, entertainment and religious interfaces. 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 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. She is also a professional engineer.

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