[CANCELLED] Human-Centered IoT: Designing for the Human-in-the-Loop: Research Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This talk by Dr. Alexis Morris will introduce the need for a more human-centered focus in the development of smart, ubiquitous systems and highlights the opportunity to improve the bandwidth between system software and the people that it supports every day. 

 Designing for the Human-in-the-Loop

About Dr. Alexis Morris:

Dr. Alexis Morris is an assistant professor in the Digital Futures program at OCAD University, and the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Internet of Things. He is the director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab, where his team spearheads core research in adaptive interfaces and collaborative approaches to smart context-aware environments, for a host of domains, advancing the Internet of Things. He is a computer scientist, specializing in the overlapping research domain of software engineering for adaptive systems based on the incorporation of fuzzy human-factors in socio-technical systems, bridging a cross-section of approaches in artificial intelligence (i.e., soft-computing via neural networks and fuzzy logic), virtual and augmented reality, passive brain-computer interfaces, adaptive risk management, multi-agent systems modelling, organizational culture simulations, and pervasive technologies. 

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? 

Simply put, the “things” in Internet of Things are the everyday objects in your house, only hooked up to the internet. It’s really that simple. So think a thermostat that can be controlled from an app on your smartphone (handy on those cold winter mornings) or a coffee maker that switches itself on when it can tell you’ve gotten out of bed (Source: Cloudwards.net).

Research Wednesdays

Human-Centered IoT: Designing for the Human-in-the-Loop is a part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (dpayne@ocadu.ca)

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Keeping our information safe: IT security at OCAD U

Every institution faces cyber security threats 24/7 and it's important to keep in mind that OCAD U's IT department has an abundance of helpful information about computer security. If you haven't visited IT's security tips section on our website lately, you may want a quick refresher, not to mention, catch another glimpse of those funky animal posters designed by IT's very own Stephanie Bailey. 

2020 Media Futures

2020 Media Futures is an ambitious, multi-industry strategic foresight project designed to understand and envision what media may look like in the year 2020; what kind of cross-platform Internet environment may shape our media and entertainment in the coming decade; and how our firms and organizations can take action today toward capturing and maintaining positions of national and international leadership.

The purpose of 2020 Media Futures is to use open-source strategic foresight for the benefit of the creative cluster — the book, magazine, music, film, television and interactive digital media industries – to help organizations and individuals “future-proof” themselves and their creative livelihoods. These creative professionals include writers, filmmakers, producers, music label executives, game developers, programmers, and other media franchise specialists. To help them prepare for the future, we employed strategic foresight research methods and practices. You can learn about our strategic foresight research methodology and project structure. But before recounting that material, we present the heart of the project, the narrative and contextual scenarios developed through this consultative, participatory process.

These scenarios are the result of analytical and synthetic work described in the pages that follow: horizon scanning for signals and trends in consumer behaviour and the media industries; collaborative workshops with industry experts and professionals; and sense-making exercises led by sLab team members to understand the data that we gathered.

In many ways, the scenarios were the ultimate goal of the project: four unique visions of possible futures that members of the creative cluster could read, critique and engage with. But as we discovered, the research process that led to their writing was its own reward. Ontario’s creative community is diverse, highly opinionated and innovative.

Through our interactions together we gained experiential learning about the needs of these industries, but also a rich understanding of their hopes and fears for the future. Our participants in turn clearly took advantage of opportunities to establish new network connections with one another at our events. We are grateful for the honesty and energy of their contributions to this project.

–Greg Van Alstyne and Madeline Ashby

Other Partners Include:

  • Achilles Media
  • Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
  • Breakthrough New Media
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
  • Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)
  • Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC)
  • Corus Entertainment
  • GestureTek
  • GlassBOX Television
  • Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE)
  • Marblemedia
  • National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
  • Nordicity
  • OCAD University
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
  • Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), Sheridan Institute
  • St. Joseph Media
  • Universal Music Canada
  • York University


For more information, please visit http://slab.ocadu.ca/project/2020-media-futures.

2020 Media Futures: Cover Image featuring title in white font on a purple background with OCADU and sLab logos
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:30am
Lab Member: 
Greg Van alstyne
Lenore Richards
Suzanne Stein

CopyCamp 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm

Ever wondered how you’ll make a living after art school? Or whether copyright helps or hinders artists? CopyCamp is one way for artists to find out.

What is CopyCamp?
CopyCamp is a day-long ‘unconference’ about making art and making a living on the Internet. A forum organized by artists (www.cra-adc.ca) for debate and exchange on the super hot copyright issues affecting creators in all disciplines. The first CopyCamp was held at Ryerson last year. The second will be coming to OISE in April.

Want to volunteer for CopyCamp 2008?
Come meet the CopyCamp Team* on Friday, March 14 at 1:15 pm and learn more.

(*Writers/artists Denise Bolduc, Susan Crean, Misha Glouberman and Patrick Dinnen)

Venue & Address: 
Rm 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Little Sister (is watching you, too)

screenshot of North America
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 5:00am

Nancy Paterson, Ph.D [Faculty of Art] is exhibiting her work in Internet infrastructure visualization at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery December 11, 2015–January 30, 2016 ---[https://www.pratt.edu/events/exhibitions/pratt-manhattan-gallery/]

Curated by Christiane Paul

Nancy Paterson’s contribution to this group exhibition has 2 parts: the original interactive visualization which became located at a hidden URL [flash based animation] entitled CHmaps - http://www.vacuumwoman.com/hidden/url/
and the project collaboration with the University of Toronto entitled IXmaps - http://www.ixmaps.ca

Artist statement:
Cyberfeminism gave rise to networked feminism a development that paralleled the transition in my creative practice/research. The Internet based mediawork Stock Market Skirt led directly to creative visualization of Internet infrastructure in an early first generation flash project depicting Internet carrier-hotel interconnection points in NAmerica. This early work was entitled CHmaps, now located at a hidden URL. The visualization attracted attention from potential collaborators including Dr Andrew Clement at the Faculty of Information University of Toronto and the project transitioned to UofT database servers and became re-titled IXmaps. After a period of time it became more driven by research aims at UofT and at this time the database is still hosted there.

Curator statement:
This exhibition will investigate the strategies and social relevance of digital art works exploring surveillance, the rights of the individual, and the transparency (or lack of transparency) of government programs. The exhibition features artworks and activist projects that look back at the apparatus of government agencies and systems of control, addressing issues surrounding ethics, accountability, and the visual and sonic vocabulary used to see or hear the individual or systems of power. Neither a surveillance nor sousveillance exhibition per se, the show is supposed to ask questions about limits of transparency and visualization and what we can know from data. How are we being watched and how are we watching government agencies and systems of control? What are the differences in how citizens see the state apparatus and how systems of power see the citizen? Where are the boundaries between the protector and traitor and where do we need to protect ourselves from our protectors (the governments trying to ensure our safety)?

Venue & Address: 
144 West 14th Street, 2nd floor New York, NY 10011 212.647.7778

Etsy 101 Workshop

Etsy 101 Workshop
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:30pm

Everything you need to know to get started on Etsy!

Led by OCAD U's Etsy Ambassador, this hands-on workshop will introduce you to the dynamic Etsy online market place, teach you how to set up your shop, photograph your first item, and create a listing that effectively displays your item.

RSVP: http://www.etsy101workshop.eventbrite.ca

Etsy is an online marketplace 30 million members strong with 42 million unique visitors per month. As a student, Etsy provides a great opportunity to start your own business. A business that works on your time and around your schedule. As a new shop owner you will have to opportunity to redeem 20 free listings on Etsy. Etsy allows people to turn their passion into a business.

What if I can't make it to workshop?
If you can't make it to the workshop you still have an opportunity to redeem your 20 Free listing on Etsy with the promocode "OCAD" (for new shops only). Use it at https://www.etsy.com/promotions.







Venue & Address: 
Room 665 100 McCaul St., 6th Floor Toronto, Ontario