Core Personnel

Jason Nolan

Primary Investigator
Dimitrios Androutsos

Co-Primary Investigators

Jason Nolan
Alexandra Bal
Abby Goodrum
Deborah Fels
Matt Gorbet
Richard Lachman

Senior Researchers
Jeremy Hunsinger
David Bouchard
Steve Daniels


Skype w Melanie working on a paper.Jason Nolan is director of the EDGE Lab and is a professor of Early Childhood Studies. He is also cross-appointed faculty in the joint-program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson. He has a PhD in Education (Toronto 2001) based on research into collaborative virtual learning environments. Prior to coming to Ryerson, he taught curriculum theory at OISE/UT, environmental science (Division of the Environment) and knowledge media theory (Knowledge Media Design Institute) at the University of Toronto. Nolan co-edited the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (2005), and was co-editor of the journal Learning Inquiry. His research interests focus on science and technology education, privacy and autonomy, informal learning/play, social media and adaptive design, all in the context of young children. Present funded research projects include: Television programming as explicit learning environments; A first look at Outdoor Play in Canadian early childhood education settings; Adaptive Design for Young Children with Disabilities; Voices of Digital Natives: informal learning and sociable media in child and youth cultures. His current research is supported by grants from the School of Early Childhood Education, the Faculty of Community Services, SSHRC, MITACS NCE and GRAND NCE.


dimitri Dimitri Androutsos is NSERC Chair in Design Engineering (Associate Chair) and Program Director – Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Ryerson University. Research interests include: image & video processing, multimedia archiving & retrieval, image & video compression, image enhancement & filtering, signal processing, and 3D digital cinema.


Alex Bal Alex Bal is an associate professor in the new media program in the School of Image Arts; and associate director in the EDGE Lab (on sabbatical 2012). After acquiring a PhD in information and Communication Sciences from Paris University, she became an associate researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, in Paris. Her current research explores how social and experiential media influence learning. More specifically, she is trying to understand how virtual informal communities, that exist in web 2.0 apps and virtual worlds, generate their own forms of knowledge and culture which are based on informal production of knowledge.


Abby Goodrum is Vice President of Research at Wilfrid Laurier University and also the Director for Social Science and Humanities Research in the nationwide Network of Centres of Excellence in Graphics, Animation, and New Media (NCE GRAND). At Ryerson University she held the Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News, Media, and Technology, and where she served as Associate Dean for Scholarly Research and Creative Activities in the Faculty of Communication and Design.


Deborah FelsDeb Fels  is 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: emotive captioning and music visualization including software application, EnACT for adding animation to text; descriptive audio (live and post production) including software tool, LiveDescribe, and associated description wiki for amateur describers; SignLink Studio co-creator for creating online sign language web pages see; and 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.


Matt Gorbet Matt Gorbet is a technology artist and designer. Matt uses technology in creative ways to create delightful experiences for exceptional spaces. He and his partners are currently implementing a comprehensive physical, technological and human systems infrastructure for technology-based public art at the new San Jose International Airport in Silicon Valley.


Richard Lachman 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.


Jeremy Hunsinger is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research agenda analyzes the transformations of knowledge in the modes of production in the information age. His current research project examines innovation, expertise, knowledge production and distributions in hacklabs and hackerspaces. At Virginia Tech, he was one of the founders of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture and a 2006 Scholar Fellow. He attended the Oxford Internet Institute’s 2004 Summer Doctoral Programme and was an instructor there in 2009 and 2011. He was co-editor of the journal Learning Inquiry and has published in FastCapitalism, The Information Society, Social Epistemology and other leading academic journals. He recently also co-edited a special issue on Learning and Research in Virtual Worlds for Learning, Media, & Technology. He co-edited the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments and the International Handbook of Internet Research and has edited or contributed to several other volumes.


David Bouchard ( is an omnivorous New Media artist, technologist and educator. His work explores the expressive potential of computation, both in software and hardware forms. His research interests include generative art, interactive and responsive environments, digital fabrication, display technology for public spaces, electronic music interfaces and wireless sensor networks to name a few. David has worked as a freelance consultant on a wide range of multi-disciplinary interactive projects at the intersection of art, design and science. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media within the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Concordia University and a Masters of Media Arts & Sciences from MIT.


Steve Daniels uses electronics and communication technologies to create hardware agents, kinetic sculptures, ubiquitous spaces and networked events. He is currently interested in the non-utilitarian possibilities of DIY social devices. Through his practice Steve juxtaposes disparate knowledge systems and experiences in an effort to reveal their underlying structures and assumptions. Steve’s has recently presented his work at: Mobile Nations, Future Sonic, DorkBot (Toronto), GOSH! Summit (Banff Centre), Bay Area Maker Faire (San Francisco) and thelivingeffect (Ottawa Art Gallery).


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