OCAD Faculty conduct King Street Pilot Survey

A photograph of the OCAD University survey booth on King Street
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 9:45am

As part of Visual Analytics Lab's large urban design research project, iCITY, researchers have been conducting a survey (the "Walkable Street Survey") for the King Street Pilot. 

iCITY project member Jeremy Bowes, MARCH, AOCA and Professor in the Faculty of Design, states, "It would be great if any of you who visit the art and King street experience, especially now with the 'unzipped pavilion' by BIG architects, could comment. The survey takes about 12 to 14 minutes, so it has a lot of detailed design related questions, and the usual demographic questions from the city at the end."

The survey, which is still open to anyone interested in providing their pedestrian experience of streetscapes in urban Toronto, can be found here: https://bit.ly/2ycrbil

Learn more about the iCITY research project

Research Wednesdays: Century of Ontario Photographs

Simple drawings of an open book and an open laptop. The images are surrounded by text from the event description.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This presentation examines some of the highlights from the Archives of Ontario’s extensive photograph collections, and showcases the work of government, amateur and professional photographers. It reveals the importance of the Archives’ photograph collections to understanding Ontario’s past, and explains how these records are managed and preserved. 

Danielle Manning has worked at the Archives of Ontario for five years, first as an archivist and now as an Outreach Officer. She is currently responsible for the Archives' tour program, social media, and Speakers Bureau presentations. Danielle holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in art history from the University of Western Ontario.


Research Wednesdays is a 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 supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
416-977-6000 ext. 217

Faculty member presents research on self-driving cars and pedestrians

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dr. Sowmya Somanath, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Design, will be presenting research on Autonomous Vehicle–Pedestrian Interaction at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal April 21 to 26.

Collaborating with student Karthik Mahadevan, and Dr. Ehud Sharlin from University of Calgary, the team’s work examined a possible replacement for driver cues using interfaces that communicate the vehicle’s awareness of pedestrians and the vehicle’s next action to the pedestrian.

Through a design exploration study, the team proposed preliminary design space for building such interfaces, focusing on the use of different cue modalities such as visual, auditory, and physical, as well as locations for the interface: the vehicle, street infrastructure, pedestrian, or a combination of the three.

The resulting prototypes were deployed on a Segway and a car for evaluation, with 20 users participating. The work suggests that in conjunction with the vehicle’s motion, interfaces can communicate vital information about an autonomous vehicle to pedestrians and help them make informed crossing decisions.

Three photos of researchers

Research Wednesday: Past performance is not indicative of future result!

Past performance is not indicative of future result!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Research Wednesday speaker series presents, Past performance is not indicative of future results! Two grOCAD members, Industrial Design alumnus, Tom Doughty and Environmental Design student Alyssa Haggstrom share their design thinking and disappointing results behind the experimental green wall installation project at Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI).

Tom and Alyssa will discuss experimental research, past urban agriculture projects, and the challenges of working with living systems.

grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating working together to integrate plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus.  grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

To get involved with Research Wednesday please contact Daniel Payne dypayne@ocadu.ca

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

New Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate Student Travel Fund
Monday, March 26, 2018

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the introduction of the new OCAD University Graduate Student Travel Fund!

This new fund will create a more equitable framework (open to all graduate students across all graduate programs) and with three deadlines annually will create a more balanced approach than the current first-come, first-served funding option.

While many university graduate student travel funds are limited to dissemination (e.g. conference or symposia), the nature of our programs suggests that students would benefit significantly from travel that allows them to do research as well. Rather than create two separate entities, we have determined to use a single fund for ease of operation and distribution. This new fund will be designated exclusively to student travel related to research and dissemination; we anticipate being able to support between 25 and 35 applications annually.

To get things started, we are launching the first competition today (March 2), with a deadline of March 26, 2018. All students who are planning conference or research travel in the next six months are encouraged to submit an application. Principal Advisors and graduate faculty members should also encourage their students to consider applying to the fund in support of their students’ research.

The guidelines and application procedures for the new Travel Fund are available here.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Studies Officer, Anne Ahrens-Embleton at aahrensembleton@ocadu.ca.


Meet & Greet with the Office of Research and Innovation

Clip art of two yellow figures shaking hands while standing on blue puzzles pieces
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm

Discover what services are available to support your research, learn about upcoming funding opportunities, and get to know the Office of Research and Innovation. A selection of OCAD U research projects will be on display and light refreshments will be served.

This meet-and-greet event runs from 3:15 to 4:30 on Wednesday March 7th 2018 in Room 187 (Lambert Lounge) at 100 McCaul.

For more information, please contact research@ocadu.ca.


Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, Room 187, 100 McCaul Street

Research Wednesdays

Intellectual Property Workshop

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

PLEASE NOTE - the workshop has been rescheduled. It is now occurring on Thursday March 8th, 2018 from 3-4:30pm in RHA 320, 205 Richmond St.

Marcelo König Sarkis of Prima IP will be leading the intellectual property workshop. Marcelo is a registered professional engineer, patent agent and fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada with over 26 years of IP experience.

This workshop will focus on how to identify promising intellectual property coming out of your research.

Come join us to learn:

  • How to identify ideas worth protecting  
  • Different form of intellectual property ownership
  • What method of IP protection may be appropriate for your situation
  • Tools to help you negotiate for yourself


Light refreshments will be served.

Venue & Address: 

Research Wednesday: Hidden Treasures of the AGO’s Library

photo of woman showing artwork on a wall to a class
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Hidden Treasures of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives.  

Librarian Adrienne Connelly will profile the many creative possibilities of the AGO's library collections, services, and programming. 

Interested in presenting for Research Wednesdays? Contact Daniel Payne dpayne@ocadu.ca

image credit: Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'.OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]


Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul St., main floor

Research Wednesday: Finding Mind Space

a round artwork or sculpture moulded to look like a brain
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Finding Mind Space; Art Talk with Matthew Janisse.

"I want to tell you a story about ideas and challenges. Ideas are the currency of creative people and only by acting on these Ideas can we create something of value."

Hear Matt talk about the power of art as a process of creation and healing. 

Interested in presenting for Research Wednesdays? Contact Daniel Payne dpayne@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul St., main floor