3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

3 Minute Thesis Competition
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

An opportunity to present your thesis or MRP topic to the community, gain feedback, and network

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.
The competition will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Auditorium (Room 190) at 100 McCaul Street. The top two presenters will also represent OCAD University at the second annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition in April at McMaster University.

We hope to see you then!

Office of Graduate Studies
205 Richmond Street West, Level 5

3MT History
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

During 2011 and 2012 the 3MT competition became even more widely known throughout the world and is now held in twelve countries.

See some of the past 3MT presentations from around the world here: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
4169776000 x 423

Dot Tuer receives OCAD U Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Dot Tuer. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

OCAD University recognized Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Dr. Dot Tuer with its 2013 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity at the university’s convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 6.

The Award is conferred on the basis of a strong portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.

Dr. Tuer’s contribution of a critical voice to contemporary Canadian art that embraces historical and cultural breadth distinguishes her accomplishments as a scholar and teacher. As exemplified by her collection of essays, Mining the Media Archive (2005), her writings explore the artistic practices of new media, photography and performance in the larger context of the Americas, and the relationship of cultural expression to issues of colonialism, technology and social memory. In the past year, her curation of the highly regarded Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting represents a significant milestone of creative and scholarly achievement. This laudable exhibition followed the completion of her PhD in Latin American history.

Dr. Tuer’s colleagues regard her as a leader in her fields of study at both national and international levels. “Dot maintains both a tremendous diversity and a tremendous depth in her scholarly practice,” wrote Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences associate deans Dr. Robin Kingsburgh and Eric Nay in their nomination letter. “Her scholarly work has created value within the OCAD U community, the artistic and cultural communities of Toronto and, globally, for a number of years.”

The importance of Dr. Tuer’s scholarship in addressing Canadian and Latin American post-colonial perspectives is recognized through numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards and SSHRC research grants. As a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, which has been funded by SSHRC since 2007, she has pursued her research interest in photography and new media art as socially engaged practices. As co-applicant on the Canadian Consortium of Performance and Politics in the Americas — a SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Peter Kulchyski at the University of Manitoba and affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute in New York City that has just been awarded $2.5-million in funding over seven years — Dr. Tuer will play a significant role as chair of the curatorial committee and board member.

This SSHRC Partnership Grant includes OCAD U as an institutional collaborator and will offer substantial research and travel opportunities for the university’s students. This summer two OCAD U graduate students are funded through the grant to attend a course hosted by the Hemispheric Institute in Chiapas, Mexico and Dr. Tuer will join them for a capstone celebration of performance and activism. In addition, the grant will support Dr. Tuer’s participation in the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro hosted by Concordia University in Montreal in 2014, as well as her individual research initiatives.

For more than two decades, Dr. Tuer’s commitment to a research practice that is academically rigorous and community-based has resulted in a lengthy publication list of books, chapters in books, and essays in contemporary art magazines and refereed journals; service on public gallery boards, juries, and editorial boards; participation in research groups, public conferences, symposia, panels, and workshops; and the realization of diverse curatorial projects.  With the completion of the AGO exhibition Frida and Diego marking a watershed moment in a long and distinguished career, Dr. Tuer is at work on two new book projects, the first exploring the thematic of historical memory in Canadian art and the second the relationship of witnessing to testimony in Latin American photography.

OCAD University included among Top 50 Canadian Research Universities

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 4:00am

Institution grows research income by 2,317.5%

(Toronto — October 19, 2010) For the first time in its 134 years, OCAD University (OCADU) is featured among Canada’s top 50 research universities by Research Infosource Inc. Even more impressive, the institution has experienced a growth in research income of 2,317.5% between Fiscal 2008 and 2009, more than any other Canadian university.

“Our inclusion in the Top 50 Research Universities list for the first time is a testament to OCAD University’s importance as a research university,” said Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer, Associate Vice-President, Research and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. “A greater focus on research was a major objective of our strategic plan, Leading in the Age of Imagination 2006 – 2012. OCADU’s position on the list demonstrates that we have arrived as a major player amongst Canadian universities. Our research culture incorporates undergraduate and graduate students, enriching their experience at OCADU, and contributes to the knowledge and creative economy of Ontario, Canada and the world.”

Among dozens of faculty and graduate student research projects, OCAD University has several major ongoing research initiatives underway now. These include:

  • The addition of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) to its campus (the IDI is funded by an $18 million grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ministry of Research & Innovation;
  • The Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD) led by York University in partnership with OCAD University, working to develop the next generation of data discovery, design, and visualization techniques by developing new computational tools, representational strategies, and interfaces ($11.5 million in combined funding from the Ontario Research Fund-Research Excellence Program, industry and institutional partnerships);
  • A multidisciplinary strategic foresight project called 2020 Media Futures, designed to understand and envision what media may look like by the year 2020 (funded by Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund, industry partners and OCADU, totaling $226,500);
  • The founding of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that supports design leadership, innovation and applied research in Canada's mobile and wireless industries;
  • The Fluid Project, an initiative of the Inclusive Design Institute, creates web application building blocks that infuse accessibility and inclusive user experience design into the software ecosystem. Fluid components are part of the software toolkits broadly used to create interactive Web programs, thereby ensuring they are accessible to users with disabilities (funded at $1.26 million USD by The Andrew M. Mellon Foundation);
  • The Inclusive Design Institute’s Accessible Digital Office Document project, supported by UNESCO and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, is developing international guidelines for creating accessible office documents including spreadsheets and presentations;
  • FLOE (Flexible Learning for Open Education), a project of the Inclusive Design Institute and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is creating a global infrastructure to address the learning needs of learners, including learners with disabilities, by matching each learner's individual accessibility needs and preferences with a learning resource that meets those needs;
  • OCADU participates in the National Centres of Excellence-funded Graphics, Animation and New Media initiative (NCE-GRAND), a research program engaging fifty network investigators to understand underlying technologies from the new media, animation, and games sectors, and to make selective advances in a coordinated, multidisciplinary setting that lead to social, legal, economic, and cultural benefits for Canadians;
  • Biomapping: Mobile Experiments in Self-computation and Spatial Aesthetics, a project by OCADU Associate Professor Paula Gardner; and Exploring Urban Resistance: street vending and negotiations over public space livelihoods in the Philippines and Vietnam, a project by Professor B. Lynne Milgram, both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

For more information about OCAD University’s ongoing research initiatives visit http://www.ocad.ca/research.htm. To read more about Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities, visit http://www.researchinfosource.com/top50.shtml.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University receives $359,800 for research commercialization

Friday, January 14, 2011 - 5:00am

(Toronto — January 14, 2011) OCAD University has been granted $359,800 in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) through the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative. The funds support the commercialization of research projects with 12 distinct OCADU research partners and their private sector partners.

The announcement was made today by MP Paul Calandra (Oak Ridges—Markham), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario.

“This investment will create jobs and sustain economic growth by helping small businesses get new ideas into the marketplace faster,” said MP Calandra. “Our government is committed to supporting families, businesses and communities of southern Ontario.”

“The projects funded through the FedDev Ontario program are game changers in their respective fields and reflect OCAD University's diverse design and digital learning and research environment,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. “OCADU is a proud incubator of student innovation and commercially viable faculty research. We have demonstrable links to the SME sector. By bringing this talent together with the help of FedDev Ontario, we are fostering the creation of innovative products and services in the fields of mobile, health, environmental and digital technologies. We thank the Government of Canada for their support.”

The projects are wide-ranging, involving the development of haptic holography technologies; gesture control technology to leverage interactivity between children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their peers; toys that teach children the fundamentals of digital technology; swimming devices that aid those who are physically challenged; social, mobile games encouraging pro-environmental behaviour; and more.

The projects are:

  • The Haptic Holography Project, joining OCADU’s 30+ years of experience in innovation in holography with private sector partner Entact Robotics, will develop haptic holography technology, allowing users to interface with 3D displays that provide sensory feedback; this technology is foreseen to have many interesting future applications such as superior medical training technology (OCADU Faculty Lead: Assistant Professor Michael Page, Faculty of Art);
  • The Extend Project partners OCADU with marblemedia, a content creation company that specializes in broadcast television and interactive content, to leverage OCADU’s expertise in design thinking and independent game development with the aim to develop original IP, market opportunities and business models (OCADU Faculty Lead: Assistant Professor Emma Westecott, Faculty of Design);
  • With You, designed by OCADU alumni Haniyeh Khosravi Fard, is a social interactive experience product that has the potential to become a passive diagnostic tool and a significant contributor to therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); With You partners Khosravi Ford with GestureTek, a world leader in interactive gesture control technology (OCADU Faculty Leads: Professor Job Rutgers and Associate Professor Suzanne Stein, Faculty of Design);
  • Logic Blocks, designed by OCADU alumni Greg Crossley, is partnered with Nytric, an innovation consulting firm focused on turning innovative ideas into successful products; Logic Blocks are designed to teach children about the most fundamental concept in digital technology: boolean logic (OCADU Faculty Lead: Professor Job Rutgers, Faculty of Design);
  • OCADU has partnered with moulded and fabricated foam product supplier kristoFOAM to further develop swimming device prototype Mantiro, designed by OCADU alumni Farhad Shabani, with the goal of creating a device that will assist physically challenged people and the elderly to enable them to have a safe water experience (OCADU Faculty Lead: Associate Professor Diane Croteau, Faculty of Design);
  • A partnership with DuROCK, called Visible Campus, will create pavement elements, street furniture and way finding that express the vibrancy and innovation going on at OCADU, as a means of linking the corridor of the 12-building campus (OCADU Faculty Lead: Professor Job Rutgers, Faculty of Design);
  • Albedo Informatics, a social games start-up company, will collaborate with OCADU to create My Green City, a cross-platform game/application for the iPhone and Facebook that will encourage players to engage in pro-environmental behaviour through a green rewards system (OCADU Faculty Lead: Assistant Professor Emma Westecott, Faculty of Design);
  • Info Viz pairs OCADU researchers with Echo Mobile to map contributions and conversations on social networks, using information visualization (OCADU Faculty Lead: Associate Professor Judith Doyle, Faculty of Art);
  • OCADU will engage in research towards further commercialization of Media Lab Toronto's TXTris tangible social messaging platform (OCADU Faculty Lead: Associate Professor Judith Doyle, Faculty of Art);
  • The Neutral Carbon Product project pairs Zerofootprint with OCADU to develop a visualization aesthetic that communicates the carbon foot print of a product, for all its components, including the distance travelled, to give consumers information leading to greener choices and purchasing behaviours (OCADU Faculty Leads: Associate Professor Suzanne Stein, Faculty of Design, and Assistant Professor Barbara Rauch, Faculty of Art);
  • OCADU’s Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) is partnered with Guardly, a mobile personal/home alarm and monitoring security service, to broaden the number of supported devices that can run its mobile application, such as BlackBerry® Smartphones and/or Google Android Smartphones;
  • The Sousveiller Project, an initiative of OCADU MEIC partner and interaction design/research firm Normative Inc., is a web and mobile application focused on creating a publicly accessible data set of urban locations that contain visual surveillance technology; the resulting data set would be public as a research, design and technology resource for both private and public sector organizations and is expected to impact the field dedicated to “designing for data shade.”

For more information about these and OCADU’s other research initiatives, visit http://www.ocad.ca/research.htm.

Today's release from Federal Economic Development Agency of Southwestern Ontario (FedDev Ontario):
Government of Canada Supports Innovation at Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses in Greater Toronto Area
Economic Action Plan invests in jobs and growth through research and development

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD U embarks on education mission to Brazil

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 4:00am

AUCC Presidents’ mission to build research, innovation and higher education partnerships; OCAD U signs agreements with four major universities in Brazil

(Toronto—April 26, 2012) OCAD University has formed four new partnerships with universities in Brazil, including Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Universidade Anhenbi Morumbi (UAM) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS).

The partnerships include two-way faculty and student exchange opportunities, joint research collaborations and opportunities for jointly organized scientific events, conferences, workshops, and seminars. The announcement was made as part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Presidents' Mission to Brazil.

"We believe that growth and prosperity are hinged on our ability to be innovative and globally competitive," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond, who, with Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer, OCAD U's Associate Vice-President, Research & Dean, Graduate Studies, is a member of the AUCC mission in Brazil. "These new partnerships pair OCAD U with leading institutions in the fields of information and communications technology research, data visualization, science, and art and design practice. These agreements create new pathways for students and faculty of both institutions to collaborate and represent a significant investment in Canada's knowledge economy. We have dedicated graduate scholarship funds to help to support Brazilian students who would choose to spend a semester at our university."

  • With PUC-Rio, OCAD U will explore design thinking, practice, mobile technologies and intersections between art and technology.
  • OCAD U will continue its biomedical visualization research and data analytics with UnB.
  • UFGRS and OCAD U are exploring multi-screen platforms for data visualization, text and social media analysis and visual analytics.
  • Finally, OCAD U will explore mobile and wearable technology design for health and for fashion with UAM.

"We will continue to link Canadian companies to our research partners through the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, the Rio Content Market and other partnered events and conferences," said Diamond, who currently serves on the Canada/Brazil ICT Working Group with private industry and the Government of Canada.

The AUCC mission is the largest-ever education mission undertaken by Canadian university presidents. Key events include the AUCC Canada-Brazil University Presidents' Roundtable, the Canada-Brazil Innovation Forum and visits to universities across Brazil in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Campinas, and Brasilia. The mission is led by Canada's Governor General, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, a former university president of two Canadian universities. President Diamond is moderator of the panel entitled, "How Canada-Brazil Academic-Private Sector Collaboration can drive Innovation for Commercialization" during the mission's upcoming Canada-Brazil Innovation Forum in São Paolo.


OCAD University's new partners in Brazil:

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) was established in 1914 as Brazil's first private, non-profit institution. The Brazilian Ministry of Education has consistently ranked PUC-Rio among the best universities in the country. Through its academic curriculum and research activities, PUC-Rio is committed to high-quality teaching, applied research and scientific development, in order to constantly contribute for the education of critical and conscious citizens. The Arts and Design department of PUC-Rio originated in the Department of Literature and was based on a group of theoretical disciplines such as art and artistic manifestations and history of art. In 1978, the Department of Arts was established as a result of the number of students who had graduated from the various arts-related disciplines. In later years, PUC-Rio launched a Masters in Design that drew on over 20 years of work in that field; in 2003, PUC-Rio added a PhD in Design to its offerings. Both programs are the first of their kind to be offered in Brazil and PUC-Rio is recognized as a leader in this field in South America.

The Universidade de Brasília (UnB) was founded in 1962 on the principle of providing high-quality education, research and outreach programs to the community-at-large. It is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious public universities in Brazil. The University has four campuses spread throughout the Federal District of Brasilia. UnB is the ideal institution to combine the rigour of science with the boldness of art using its three-dimensional approach of teaching, research, and extension that is respectful of all forms of knowledge and committed to the public. UnB offers 61 undergraduate programs, 49 master's degrees and 27 doctoral programs. More than 260 formally constituted research-groups work in more than 400 different laboratories, investigating close to 890 different areas. As well, UnB runs 115 community outreach projects, offering a total of 438 courses and events that involve the direct participation of professors and students.

Universidade Anhenbi Morumbi (UAM) is a Brazilian private university located in São Paulo and owned by the Laureate Education Inc. It was established in 1970 with a Faculty of Social Communication and Tourism and in 1997, UAM was officially constituted as a university. In the years following its establishment, UAM quickly developed a number of degrees with the intent of providing students with innovative academic programs, leading-edge facilities and unique opportunities for academic advancement. UAM has four campuses in São Paulo which house state-of-the-art laboratories, training centers, and libraries for more than 32,000 students. It is currently ranked one of the top three private universities in São Paulo by the Guia do Estudante (Student's Guide).

In 2002, UAM created the Centre of Design and Fashion and subsequently offered Brazil's first bachelor's degree in Game Design. In 2005, UAM the University sealed an agreement with the International Network of Laureate Universities - a prestigious global network of universities which allows students to complete their studies through exclusive exchange programs at 55 higher education institutions in 28 countries. At UAM, students are encouraged to adopt the broad vision of becoming global citizens while exploring business opportunities and travelling the world to seek avant-garde research. Today, UAM continues to enjoy its reputation for pioneering as it promotes production and transmission of knowledge based on respect for human values and aimed at benefitting society.

The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS) is one of the largest federal universities in Brazil with four campuses in Port Alegre. UFRGS originated as a School of Pharmacy and Chemistry in 1895, expanded in 1896 with an engineering college and became the Universidade de Porto Alegre in 1934. In 1950, control of the university passed to the Federal Government at which time it was formally known as Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. As a public institution, UFRGS provides free education to students who pass its annual competitive exam.

UFRGS ranks among the best Brazilian universities. It has achieved national and international recognition for academic program quality, faculty excellence, the breadth of student assistance programs and constant investment in infrastructure. The university strongly supports the production of knowledge through high-quality research, community involvement and fostering diversity inspired in the ideals of freedom and solidarity. Since its inception, UFRGS has become a leader in terms of publications and scientific production.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD University opens Inclusive Design Institute

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—May 24, 2012) OCAD University celebrates the official opening of the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) today.

The Inclusive Design Institute is a leading applied research centre established to ensure that everyone can participate in our digitally transformed society. With eight postsecondary partner institutions and more than 100 multi-sector collaborators, this regional centre of expertise will prepare Ontario to respond to the increased demand worldwide for inclusive digital systems and practices, a demand that is intensified by an aging population and the adoption of accessibility legislation by all major trading partners.

Many essential activities today require going online whether it is finding a job, applying for government services, participating in education or communicating with friends. Many people face barriers to online access because systems are generally designed for the typical user. The number of people facing barriers due to a disability is increasing as our population ages. The IDI will ensure that the online systems and services we depend upon are designed to work for everyone.

Supported by both the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry for Economic Development and Innovation, the IDI will help train highly qualified personnel to fuel ongoing innovation in inclusive design and enable Ontario to take a leadership role globally.

"The Inclusive Design Institute is destined to be a world-class facility that will make technology accessible to everyone, everywhere," said Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. "With its core of accomplished researchers, this vibrant hub of innovation and training will create opportunities for working with industry to improve their products and processes."

"The McGuinty government has made real progress in ensuring the province maintains the highest standards of accessibility, and our investment in the Inclusive Design Institute is an important step towards making the province fully accessible," said Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid. "The work of this Institute will lead to greater inclusion in the digital world, and that means a higher standard of life, education and employment for all Ontarians."

"We're very proud to officially launch the Inclusive Design Institute, where we bring together a community that values collaboration, broad participation, transparency and openness," said OCAD University's Jutta Treviranus, Director of the IDI and the Institute's principal researcher. "Inclusion and diversity are Ontario's richest untapped resources. Research at the IDI will help Ontario sustain and develop this resource and foster the inherent potential to create a vibrant, productive generator of innovative, inclusively designed information and communication systems and services."

Inclusion and diversity are not only values or rights to be protected, but also catalysts for new ideas, design principles that lead to better design, business strategies that make good business sense and potential economic drivers with ubiquitous social benefits.

The Institute's work is focused into four research clusters:

  • Design and Development: creating tools, strategies, resources and exemplars that proactively address the early stages of application development;
  • Business Case, Policies, Standards & Legislation: exploring the role of policies, standards, and legislation in promoting digital inclusion and examining the economic impact of inclusive design and new emerging markets addressing digital inclusion;
  • Mobile & Pervasive Computing: focusing on the potential of mobile, context-aware and location-aware technologies, pervasive computing and ambient intelligence; and
  • Information & Implementation Practices: examining the role of information and communications technology and inclusive design in four sectoral domains: education, health, culture and civic engagement.

The Institute's eight postsecondary partners are OCAD University, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Sheridan College, George Brown College and Seneca College.

Some of the multi-sector, international projects using the IDI facilities include:

  • Fluid, an open-source software community that designs user interfaces, builds Web tools, teaches inclusive design and integrates interface components into open source applications;
  • FLOE, flexible learning for open education;
  • AEGIS, which works towards integrating accessibility into emerging information and communication technology;
  • Cloud4All, which aims to develop a complete new paradigm in accessibility by replacing adaptation of individual products and services for a person with automatic-personalization of any mainstream product or service using cloud technologies;
  • IDRC Mobile research consists of open-ended research and development on accessible, usable, intelligent, context- and location-aware mobile technologies; and
  • Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII), a software and service enhancement to ensure broadband infrastructure is barrier free.

In addition to many cloud-delivered accessible research applications and collaboration tools, the IDI infrastructure includes several central research labs, including the:

  • Distributed Collaboration Network;
  • Participatory Inclusive Design Lab;
  • Cross-platform testing facility;
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing research platform;
  • Accessible Gaming Platform;
  • Sensory Mode Translation and Media Access Facility;
  • Accessible Performance Lab; and the
  • Experimental Inclusive Meeting Facility.

The IDI's laboratories and collaboration spaces are located in three main areas on the OCAD University campus, with additional laboratories located at IDI partner facilities. At OCAD U, the IDI spans the Distributed Collaboration Network and Cross Platform Testing Facility at 205 Richmond Street West, the Experimental Inclusive Meeting Facility and Sensory Mode Translation and Media Access Facility (including captioning and description) at 230 Richmond Street West and the Participatory Inclusive Design Lab and Accessible Performance Lab at 49 McCaul Street.

20120524_IDI_opening_releaseAbout OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Media are invited to attend. To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University partners with Mitacs to offer funded Internships

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—October 15, 2012) OCAD University and Mitacs, a not-for-profit research organization, have signed an agreement that will give OCAD University's graduates and current graduate students access to a federally funded internship program.

Mitacs Enterprise is funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and provides substantial subsidies to companies for six-month internships in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields.

"We're thrilled to be working with Mitacs to provide access for our student to these career-boosting opportunities," said Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students at OCAD U. "The Enterprise Internship Program is just one of the latest additions to our Career Development offerings at OCAD U. We'll be working toward developing even more opportunities in industries and companies related to our programs as part of our commitment to building Ontario's economic and cultural prosperity."

"In order to build a strong, knowledge-based economy, we must provide opportunities for recent university and college graduates to work with companies and gain on-the-ground experience right here in southern Ontario," said Dr. Arvind Gupta, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of Mitacs. "OCAD U's agreement with Mitacs Enterprise will enable future innovators to gain new skills and connect with potential employers."

Graduates and students are eligible to apply for existing opportunities through Mitacs, or can encourage potential employers to apply for the FedDev subsidy through Mitacs.

The program is expected to benefit primarily students and graduates of OCAD U's Digital Futures, Inclusive Design, Industrial Design and Environmental Design programs, though other students may be eligible if they meet the requirements.

Through the Mitacs agreement, up to 15 graduates (undergraduate or graduate alumni within five years of graduating) and 11 current graduate students will be placed in the funded internships between now and March 31, 2014.

Eligible companies receive up to $15,000 in funding for each internship, to be matched by the company. "We encourage potential employers to get in touch with us about the program," said Fisher. "We will work with them to develop a partnership that benefits both our alumni and students that will also contribute valuable talent to their enterprises."

The program is a competitive six-month internship and business mentorship program that gives graduates of STEM disciplines an opportunity to work with small to medium-sized companies (SME) operating in a STEM sector throughout Southern Ontario. In addition to the valuable employment opportunity, interns also receive three days of business and management training, a peer support network, and progress monitoring to encourage skill and knowledge transfer to the SME.

Companies interested in offering an internship opportunity, and recent undergraduate alumni or graduate students who wish to submit an application should contact Zev Farber, Career Development Coordinator, Student Success Programs at OCAD U at 416-977-6000 x3843. Visit www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment for more information.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada's most valuable resource — its people. For more information visit http://www.mitacs.ca/.

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Graduate School: Options, Applications and More

Graduate School: Options, Applications and More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

A Career Development Info Session

This session will provide a practical overview of how to effectively research and prepare yourself for putting forward an application to pursue a Graduate degree within Canada or elsewhere.







Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Research Rendezvous

Research Rendezvous
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 4:00pm

A monthly lunchtime series for faculty and students to share and learn about research at OCAD U.

This month’s Research Rendezvous will showcase three extraordinary research projects funded through FedDev Ontario's Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Initiative:

Bright Riders Bike Lights
(PI: Kate Hartman, Assistant Professor and Director, Social Body Lab)

The Nudgeables Accessory Kit
(PI: Kate Hartman, Assistant Professor and Director, Social Body Lab)

Hot Wood
(PI: Paul Epp, Chair, Industrial Design)

Come share your ideas, connect with potential collaborators and find out how you can get involved in research!






Venue & Address: 
Room 187 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

SSHRC and OGS Workshop

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 7:30pm

SSHRC and OGS Workshop for Graduate Students, and students applying to Graduate Studies at OCAD U for 2014.

Please be advised that an information session on SSHRC and OGS awards is scheduled for Monday, October 7, 3:00 – 4:30 pm in room 7401, 4th floor of 205 Richmond Street West.

You are encouraged to attend and if eligible, to apply for these funding opportunities and are going into your second year of your graduate program or considering applying to Graduate Studies at OCAD U for 2014.

• Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) seeks to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. These scholarships are valued at $17,500 over 12 months (non-renewable) and are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only.

OCAD U has a limited allocation of applications that we may submit to SSHRC. Details will be provided at the information session, including application deadlines.

• Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. The scholarship is valued at $5,000 per academic term for either two or three consecutive terms.
OCAD U has a limited allocation of applications that we may submit to OGS – one of which may be allocated to an international student.

For more information please contact:


T 416 977 6000 x4367
E abrummell@ocadu.ca



Venue & Address: 
7401, 4th Floor 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario