Richard Lachman

October 15th, 2010 by Jason

Richard Lachman is Assistant Professor, Digital Media in the School of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, and a Technology and Creative Consultant for entertainment and software-development projects.  Richard has a Bachelors in computer-science graduate of MIT, holds a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab’s “Interactive Cinema” group, and is completing a doctorate in Computer Science at the University of New England in Australia. Lachman often makes his research an experimental collaboration with industry, and his projects have been honoured by the Gemini awards, Canadian New Media Awards and the Webbys. Prior to his time at Ryerson, Lachman worked on some of the top new media/broadcast projects in the country, and with many of the major networks in the country, as well as publishing and presenting his works around the world.  Prior to returning to Canada, Lachman served as Lead Designer and Lead Engineer for the US “Petz” product line: entertainment software shipping 3 million units worldwide, and which garnered awards from ID Magazine, Communications Arts, and Invision Children’s Entertainment, was featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Time Magazine, and was part of an exhibition at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York.  His research interests include transmedia storytelling, digital documentaries, applied gaming, and locative media.

At the EDGE Lab, with partners the Royal Ontario Museum and Kensington Communication, Richard’s team is developing methods of using documentary content and augmented reality techniques in the museum context.  Edgelab will also host DocSHIFT, a partnership with DocToronto, the NFB, the CFC Media Lab and HotDocs around digital media and documentary.

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