Dr. Sara Diamond moderates panel discussion at BIO International Convention

Dr. Sara Diamond with panel members
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:15pm

This week, President Sara Diamond moderated a panel discussion on gamification at BIO 2017, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry. Titled Game Theory and the Brain – How Gamification is Leading to Better Brain Heath and Outcomes, the panel discussion explored the relationship between internet quizzes and video games with better brain and mental health. Attendees learned about new gamification approaches in the guise of an internet quiz, which can identify markers for brain health and help lead to earlier assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients.

Panel members included Michael Meagher, president and CEO, Cogniciti; Patrick Dwivedi, chief executive officer, Ehave, Inc. and Dr. Graeme Moffat, vice-president, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, InteraXon Inc. The speakers led an engaging and educational panel discussion on brain research, commercialization and care while confirming Ontario’s role as a world leader in these categories.

Advanced Visualization: A Boom with a View

ORION summit
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

A session – leading up to a full-day workshop at co-hosted by OCAD and SHARCNET – exploring the impact of advanced visualization technologies in science and design. Advanced visualization is transforming the approach, implementation and outcomes of collaboration and research in such diverse fields as bioinformatics, human-computer interaction, geography, language visualization, environmental sciences, physics, as well as collaborative, interactive teaching and learning.

Note: There is a half-day workshop on this topic being held at OCAD on Wednesday, November 5. If you are interested in attending, please contact Hilary Krupa at hkrupa@ocad.ca for more details.

Session Chair: Sara Diamond, President, Ontario College of Art & Design
President of OCAD University (Ontario College of Art & Design), Canada's largest and most diverse art and design university. Diamond is building OCAD's capacities in undergraduate learning, research and graduate studies, as well as building links with medical and scientific research. Before moving to OCAD in 2005, she was the award-winning Director of Research at The Banff Centre and Artistic Director of Media and Visual Arts for fourteen years. She founded the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and since then, with her team at Banff and a number of national and international partners, has built the BNMI into a globally recognized content incubator, workshop and think tank. Diamond's network reaches from Asia to Eastern Europe, Brazil, and the Arctic; from research labs to Silicon Valley; from television to software development. She is currently co-principle investigator on the Mobile Digital Commons Network. Her research and publications explore software visualization and the history of media art.

Pierre Boulanager, Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

Dr. Boulanger graduated from Laval University in Engineering Physics. He also received his Masters in Physics from the same university and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Montreal. He worked for 18 years at the National Research Council of Canada as a senior research officer where his primary research interests were 3D computer vision, rapid product development, and virtualized reality systems. Since 2001, he has been a professor at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta doing research and teaching on virtualized reality systems. He is also an adjunct scientist and principal investigator for new media at TRLabs and at the Banff Centre. In 2004, Dr. Boulanger was awarded an iCORE industrial chair in Collaborative Virtual Environment. He is also the Director of the Advanced Man-Machine Interface Laboratory. On the commercial side, Dr Boulanger is the president of PROTEUS Consulting Inc., an Alberta-based consulting firm specializing in Virtual Reality Applications.

Chaomei Chen, Associate Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University
Dr. Chaomei Chen is associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University and a visiting professor at Brunel University in the United Kingdom since 2002. He received his bachelor degree in mathematics from Nankai University, China, his master's degree in computation from the University of Oxford and his doctorate in computer science from the University of Liverpool. His research interests include information visualization, knowledge domain visualization and mapping scientific frontiers. Dr. Chen is the author of Information Visualization: Beyond the Horizon and Mapping Scientific Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization. He is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information Visualization. He received the 2002 ASIST/ISI Citation Research Award. He is a member of the Thomson Scientific Strategic Advisory Board and the principal investigator of research grants from NSF and other sponsors. Dr. Chen created the widely used software CiteSpace for visualizing and analyzing emerging trends in scientific literature.

Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario


Friday, November 29, 2013 - 5:00am to Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 5:00am

Opening: November 29, 2013 from 6 to 9PM

A Biomapping Project

“The boundary is permeable between tool and myth, instrument and concept, historical systems of social relations and historical anatomies of possible bodies, including objects of knowledge. Indeed, myth and tool mutually constitute each other.”
- Donna Haraway

Proofofproofofconcept presents both proof and concept in double entendre—as words that produce the science machine, data, desire and self. Here, we scatter remnants of output and process of the Biomapping project—research creation experiments performed with biodata machines over the past four years at OCADU. Mapping is an epistemological feedback loop; any aestheticization of information creates a story. Biomapping durationally slows practices with biometric machines, stilling the time of data capture, processing and mapping to probe moments rather than bodies. In these intervals we capture expectation, longing for data, desire for being made by machines and for conquering them. In these spaces, we stall norms of processing and output. Through durational and sensorial contact with data and machines, we face the human machine to the biometric technology, tarrying with proof, concept, and making.

Sitting in sensorial experience, data comes into play, and in playing with data’s sense, texture, space, time, and aesthetic, we intervene in it. The ephemera presented provide snapshots of interludes where we reify, submit to and rally against machinic productions. In ongoing loops—pulling, processing and recrafting biodata—we face our desire for data, proof and to play as subject producing machines.

Curators: Paula Gardner and Leigh Ann Pahapill
Team Members: Bohdan Anderson, Patricio Davila, Paula Gardner, Barbara Jenkins, Rob King, Hyein Lee, Ken Leung, Symon Oliver, Leigh Ann Pahapill, Yifat Shaik, Steve Surlin, Andrei Vassilev, Amber Whitenburg, Britt Wray




Venue & Address: 
Graduate Student Gallery 205 Richmond St. Toronto, Ontario