Dr. Alexis Morris Interviewed on CBC Spark

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Friday, May 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

Assistant Professor Alexis Morris, director of ACE Lab and Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things, has been featured in an interview with CBC Radio's Spark, hosted by Nora Young. The segement, titled "What living in a hyper-connected city means for human beings", explored the critical nature of context awareness when designing smart cities.

Listen to the full segment here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/spark/what-living-in-a-hyper-connected-city-means-for-human-beings-1.5107888

[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
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

IoT Collaboration

About IoT Collaboration:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad emerging technology that touches upon a host of industries and applications as a backend coordination and interaction medium. It typically involves sensing, analytics, visualization, and network communication.

This work targets the exploration and development of a new IoT platform, LACE-Net, for bridging users with their environments and each other. As such, it considers:

a) how to display information to users and allow for fluent user interactions in IoT spaces;
b) how to maintain trust and privacy between users of IoT information in their  interactions; and
c) how to apply these designs for effective user to user interaction, coordination, and collaboration in IoT environments, while gauging the dynamics of IoT organizations in action.

The potential use cases of the adaptive and privacy elements of IoT are vast, impacting varied stakeholder domains. With the combined perspectives of users, groups of users, and the overall IoT system, managers of IoT deployed systems of all kinds can gain valuable insights that can have an impact on policy-making and governmental decisions. Such a system can have an impact on mitigating the number of information silos within organizations by allowing for multi-level collaborations to be formed.

 

Click below to learn more about the Internet of Things and current ACE-Lab research:
IoT Interaction
IoT Assistants
IoT Frameworks and Platforms
IoT Privacy
 

Creator: 
Blue Internet of Things Project Banner. Digital images of a planet, world map, and devices connected by glowing blue networks.
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:15am
Lab Member: 
Alexis Morris
Nadine Lessio

IoT Frameworks and Platforms

About IoT Frameworks and Platforms:

The Internet of Things refers to the addition of both computation and connectivity devices to existing objects in the environment (this includes human users in the environment, as well as other kinds of actors); allowing for new forms of communication and interaction. Making things “smarter” by embedding sensors, actuators, and a control unit (to makes sense of incoming information and corresponding actions) opens the door for adaptive ambient intelligent behaviors, which can be as simple as dynamic heating, lighting, and ventilation when a person enters a room, or when a user requests a remote-interaction with their home from an online service that turns on appliances in their environment. It can also be as complex as driver assistance for self-driving vehicles, and user attention modeling and interaction. The potential applications are many. This project investigates platforms, and architectures for the development of IoT systems that will be applied to future projects.

Click below to learn more about the Internet of Things and current ACE-Lab research:
IoT Interaction
IoT Assistants
IoT Privacy
IoT Collaboration

Read more about ACE Lab and the standard definitions of IoT here.

 

 

Creator: 
Blue Internet of Things Project Banner. Digital images of a planet, world map, and devices connected by glowing blue networks.
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:15am
Lab Member: 
Alexis Morris
Nadine Lessio

IoT Assistants

About IoT Assitants:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad emerging technology that touches upon a host of industries and applications as a backend coordination and interaction medium. It typically involves sensing, analytics, visualization, and network communication.

Transforming the way people interact with everyday technologies requires approaches for an adaptive Internet of Things.

This ongoing project space hones in on the question of how to introduce artificial intelligence for personal context-based adaptive and assistive interfaces, and how to maximize the value of such systems to users. Advancing this work considers a mixture of methods, several of which includes technology development related to exploration of a human-centered approach to IoT.

 

Click below to learn more about the Internet of Things and current ACE-Lab research:
IoT Interaction
IoT Frameworks and Platforms
IoT Privacy
IoT Collaboration

Read more about ACE Lab and the standard definitions of IoT here.

Creator: 
Blue Internet of Things Project Banner. Digital images of a planet, world map, and devices connected by glowing blue networks.
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 2:00pm
Lab Member: 
Alexis Morris
Nadine Lessio

IoT Privacy

About Privacy in the IoT:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad emerging technology that touches upon a host of industries and applications as a backend coordination and interaction medium. It typically involves sensing, analytics, visualization, and network communication.

Privacy in the Internet of Things, due to the inherent need to collect and share large sets of personal, sensory data, is essential, and is a present and clear challenge. Research is needed to ensure that the sensitive information being obtained is safely and securely handled, designed, and distributed. This is a significant research challenge and has an impact that is cross institutional, governmental, and global-impacting, for both individuals, organizations, and groups. This work aims to address this challenge with a new privacy-enabled IoT approach, particularly for adaptive IoT.

 

Click below to learn more about the Internet of Things and current ACE-Lab research:
IoT Interaction
IoT Assistants
IoT Frameworks and Platforms
IoT Collaboration

Read more about ACE Lab and the standard definitions of IoT here.

Creator: 
Blue Internet of Things Project Banner. Digital images of a planet, world map, and devices connected by glowing blue networks.
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:45pm
Lab Member: 
Alexis Morris
Nadine Lessio

IoT Interaction

IoT and Interaction:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad emerging technology that touches upon a host of industries and applications as a backend coordination and interaction medium. It typically involves sensing, analytics, visualization, and network communication.

The IoT adds a revolutionary layer of  networked physical devices and intelligent environment services to the web-based client-server internet of computers and smartphones. As IoT deployments become commonplace, with many devices, users will inevitably face challenges in understanding and interacting within smarter, complex, and dynamic environments while using traditional information system interfaces and also focusing on active tasks. IoT information ecosystems need technologies that understand situations and present contextually relevant user interfaces. This ongoing project aims at immersive interfaces for context management systems in IoT and prototype experimentation toward future human-aware, adaptive, and immersive environments.

 

Click below to learn more about the Internet of Things and current ACE-Lab research:
IoT Assistants
IoT Frameworks and Platforms
IoT Privacy
IoT Collaboration

Read more about ACE Lab and the standard definitions of IoT here.

 

Creator: 
Blue Internet of Things Project Banner. Digital images of a planet, world map, and devices connected by glowing blue networks.
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:45pm
Lab Member: 
Alexis Morris
Nadine Lessio

Alexis Morris

Dr. 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.

An illustrator explores the Internet of Things

Internet of Things by Meghan Dearlove

INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Meg Dearlove for her take on the Internet of Things. View more of Meg’s work online.

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DIGITAL ECONOMY TRADING ZONES (DETZ)

This SSHRC Partnership Development Grant examines novel forms of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships necessary for creating world class academic research on digital media. It also intends to provide novel insight for private industry and for commercialization, as well as new venues for the innovative work of artistic and cultural organizations. This research partnership develops a digital economy trading zone that connects the diverse interests, knowledge and values from a diverse set of partners. Its focus is on a developing aspect of digital media, namely, the increasing materialization of digital media and the related interweaving of physical and virtual modes of engagement. The project therefore brings together working groups in order to develop concrete projects that provide value to each of these groups. The three groups include members from academic institutions, cultural organizations, and private SMEs, and are organized around the following inter-related themes; Space, Play, and the Self.

The grant includes as co-applicants, Professor Sara Grimes from the Faculty of Information, Professor Megan Boler from OISE, and Professor Mary-Lou Lobsinger from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, as well as Professors Kate Hartmanand Professor Emma Westecott from OCAD University, and Professor Jason Nolan from Ryerson University. The project runs for three years and primarily provides salaries and stipends for masters and PhD students.

 

IOT Theme # 2 - Play

In this working group, we will explore how digital games and other play technologies enable multi- modal practices that traverse and integrate the virtual and the material in a variety of ways. Examples of this include the production of tangible “ludic artifacts” (Tolino, 2009), the interplay of situated and digital practices within mobile gaming, the phenomenon of alternate reality games (ARG), and the incorporation of physical motion within kinetic game systems (such as Wii Sports). With the rise and spread of pervasive gaming and portable devices, digital play becomes resituated as a transitory, in- between and oftentimes liminal activity, as play is reintroduced into a broader range of the spaces and activities of everyday life. Our academic team includes Sara Grimes, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information who has published extensively on the political economy of games and game play, Associate Professor Jason Nolan who runs the EDGE gaming lab at Ryerson University, and collaborator Emma Westcott, an assistant professor at OCAD. Game developers Play Dynamics Inc. and HugeMonster are our private partners.

Sponsor(s): 
Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 7:15pm

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