Archive for October, 2010

Lorella Di Cintio

October 15th, 2010

Professor Di Cintio is currently a faculty member with the School of Interior Design and an Associate with the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. She serves as an academic reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design. Her area of research focuses on the social and political positions undertaken by designers. Current projects explore and employ various design strategies in the areas of cross-cultural collaborative design learning, civic engagement and participation, food security activism and human-centered design models.

Dennis Dennisoff

October 15th, 2010

Upon receiving his Ph.D. from McGill University, Dr. Denisoff held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Waterloo before joining Ryerson in 2000. Dr. Denisoff is currently Chair and Professor of English, a member of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Exeter, and a member of the Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University and York University.

Dr. Denisoff held a Ryerson Research Chair in English from 2004 to 2008, is the 2010 recipient of the President’s Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the 2011 recipient of Ryerson’s Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award. He has given keynote addresses and guest lectures at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, Oxford University, Oxford-Brookes University, the University of Exeter, the University of Birmingham and, forthcoming, at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Plymouth.

Dr. Denisoff specializes in: digital humanities; Victorian visual culture and visual modes of digital research; paganism, decadence and aestheticism; queer studies; and children’s studies. He is co-editor of the journal Nineteenth Century Studies, and is serving or has served on the editorial or advisory boards of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net , Victorian Review, Essays on Canadian Writing and torquere: journal of gay and lesbian studies.

The author and editor of 11 books, Dr. Denisoff’s publications include two novels, a collection of poetry, and editions of others’ creative works. His monographs Aestheticism and Sexual Parody, 1840-1940 (Cambridge, 2001) and Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film, 1850-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) both address the influence of mass media, as well as print and visualizing technology, on identity formation. He has recently also edited the essay collection The Nineteenth Century Child and Consumer Culture (Ashgate 2007), expanding his inquiry into the commodification of the child’s body through art and literature.

Kathryn Woodcock

October 15th, 2010

Kathryn Woodcock

Dr. Kathryn Woodcock is an Associate Professor at Toronto’s Ryerson University, teaching, researching, and consulting in the area of human factors and ergonomics. Her research interests include the application of human factors to occupational and public safety issues of performance, error, investigation and inspection, and to disability and accessibility.

She also heads the THRILL lab, researching and developing applications of Human Factors / Ergonomics to amusement ride safety (www.ryerson.ca/thrill) as well as supervising graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program (MEGP).

Before joining Ryerson, she managed a research and policy unit in the Prevention Division of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario. Through the 1980s, she was a hospital vice-president and active in the Ontario health care sector. Dr. Woodcock previously taught graduate and undergraduate courses in industrial engineering and ergonomics at Rochester Institute of Technology (New York) and the University of Waterloo, and is an adjunct scientist of the Institute for Work and Health.

Dr. Woodcock is a registered Professional Engineer and Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist with degrees from University of Waterloo and University of Toronto, a member of national and international professional societies in ergonomics and has presented many papers in the field. Dr. Woodcock is also active in the community, as a member of the Consumer Advisory Council and Amusement Devices Advisory Council of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, and Deaf Women in Science and Engineering. She served the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services to the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, challenged to implement the Access to Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) from 2005 to 2009.

University of Toronto Press published her book on deafness in 2000. She was the first deaf president of The Canadian Hearing Society, and has been active on a variety of other boards and councils including the Ontario Council of Regents for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, Ontario Service Safety Alliance, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Board of Governors of Centennial College in Toronto, the National Captioning Institute’s Board of Directors, the Executive Council of Association of Canadian Ergonomists (formerly HFAC), and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults. Dr. Woodcock has received awards for community service, advocacy, and voluntarism, including the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and honours from professional societies and community organizations including the Citizenship Award from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and the Outstanding Alumni Medal from the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering. She has also been recognized by the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, the Ontario Association of the Deaf, and the International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon (Gallaudet University).

Donna Koller

October 15th, 2010

Marni Binder

October 15th, 2010

Richard Lachman

October 15th, 2010

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.

Matt Gorbet

October 15th, 2010

Abby Goodrum

October 15th, 2010

Abby Goodrum

Abby Goodrum is a journalism professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University where she holds the Rogers Chair in News, Media and Technology. She holds degrees in Radio, Television, and Film Studies from the University of Texas, and began her career in journalism working at CNN in Atlanta as a researcher and librarian before obtaining a Ph.D. in Information Science. She is currently the director for social science and humanities research in the national research network for the study of graphics, animation, and new media (NCE GRAND). As a founding director of the Digital Cinema Laboratory, Dr. Goodrum conducts audience and user studies, and investigates the impact of social networks on broadcast and film. She is also the Canadian representative on a multinational team tracking the flow of foreign news around the world.

Dr. Goodrum’s research is situated at the intersection of Media Content, Media Technology and Media Use – what might be called “Media Informatics.” For over 20 years, she’s explored how people seek out, create, and share multimedia information made possible by new media environments such as search engines, youtube, and social networks. She’s the author of numerous scholarly articles and blogs on media seeking and media use.

Deborah Fels

October 15th, 2010

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.

Dimitrios Androutsos

October 15th, 2010