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Peter Coppin
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies
pcoppin@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Inclusive Design, Perceptual-Cognitive Approaches to Design, Visual Art and Design

Overview

Dr. Peter Coppin is an Assistant Professor of Design at OCAD University. He is a core Program Faculty member in the Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design program where he runs the first and second year Inclusive Design Laboratory courses and serves as Principal Advisor for a number of graduate student Major Research Projects (these are the culminating focus of the program's final year). During his PhD, Coppin developed a perceptual-cognitive model for understanding how graphics afford actions, a theme that cuts across inclusive design, human-computer interface design, visual art-design, and learning technology research. Previously Coppin developed –remote experiences"by creating systems that delivered data from remote rovers operating in extreme environments to science teams and the general public. He developed this work as Principal Investigator and Director of the NASA funded EventScope Project at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). At CMU Coppin also directed the BigSignal Project, one of the first telescience interfaces for educational audiences. Prior to BigSignal, Coppin was a nationally and internationally exhibiting electronic media artist and designer, operating under the group alias –Centre for Metahuman Exploration,"that he was a founding member of in the late 90s. In this capacity, Coppin developed telerobotic works and interactive television shows that were exhibited in venues such as the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria; MIR: Art in Space in Bolzono, Italy; and the SIGGRAPH Touchware Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Coppin also directed research and development projects for EventScope's commercial spin-off, resulting in patented remote experience technologies to solve problems for various NASA and university customers. Occasionally Coppin taught human centered art and technology project classes such as –Telepresence Art and Applications,"listed within departments and institutes at Carnegie Mellon such as the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the School of Art, the Entertainment Technology Center and the Robotics Institute.

Education

–PhD, Faculty of Information and Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto –MFA, Electronic and Time-Based Media, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art –Bachelor of Arts, University of Dallas: Focused on electromechanical sculpture.

Professional Experience

2012-Present: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design: Inclusive Design MDes: Program, Ontario College of Art and Design 2007-2012: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Faculty of Information and Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto 2006-2007: Project Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University 2000-2006: Research Fellow (a non-tenure track faculty appointment), College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University. Served as Principal Investigator of the NASA funded EventScope Laboratory and projects.

Selected Exhibitions

1999 "MIR: Art in Space, Bolzano, Italy, November 27-December 1, 1999, Curators: Ernesto L. Francalanci and Robert Masiero, invitational (catalogue) 1998 "Touchware, ACM SIGGRAPH –98, Orlando, Florida, juried exhibition (catalogue) "Prix Ars Electronica Cyberarts –98, O.K. Centrum fur Gegenwartkuntst, Linz, Austria, Curators: Gerfried Stocker and Christine Sch–opf, juried exhibition (catalogue) "BigSignal 1998, , deployed via the Electronic Information Network, Carnegie Libraries of PIttsburgh. "CMU School of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 937, Pittsburgh, PA. 1997 "Eighth International Symposium on Electronic Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, juried group exhibition (catalogue) "The Interactive Television Show, PCTV Channel 21, Pittsburgh, PA. "Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, juried group exhibition "Wats:on? Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, juried group exhibition 1996 "1996 Pittsburgh Children's Museum Annual Gala, Pittsburgh Children's Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, invitational "Chrom-osome, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, juried group exhibition "I-TV 96–. Exhibition at Chaplaincy Center, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, juried group exhibition "1996 Edinburgh Festival Group Show, Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh, Scotland, juried group exhibition 1995 "Fairy Tales, Forest Park Art Space, Fort Worth, TX, solo show (with collaborators Doug Easterly and Kent Decardenas, under the group alias –ASDF–). 1995 "Critic's Choice, Dallas Visual Art Center (DArt), Dallas, TX, juried group exhibition "Senior Thesis Exhibition, Haggerty Art Center, University of Dallas, Irving, TX, solo show 1993-1994 "Open Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Spring 1993. "Passages, Gorman Hall, University of Dallas, Irving, TX, juried exhibition "Stuff, Dingies, and Whatchamacallits II: The Revenge!, Haggerty Art Center, University of Dallas, Irving, TX. 1994, juried exhibition "Stuff, Dingies, and Whatchamacallits, Haggerty Art Center, University of Dallas, Irving, TX. 1993, juried exhibition

Awards \ Grants

"2012 GRAND NCE Internal Award for "Communicating Complex Clinical Data Through Amplification and Caricature" (with D. Steinman and B. Leeming) "2012 CIV-DDD Investigator Award (with D. Steinman) "2012 MITACS Elevate Strategic Fellowship Program (declined due to competing opportunity) "2009-2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship "2007- 2012 University of Toronto Fellowship (PhD), University of Toronto "2008 NSF Doctoral Consortium travel award to attend and present –Developing Drawing and Visual Thinking Strategies to Ease Computer Programming for People with Dyslexia"at the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC, 08). Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany, September 15-20, 2008. "2008 NSF Doctoral Consortium Travel Award to attend and present –Developing Drawing and Visual Thinking Strategies to Ease Computer Programming for People with Dyslexia"at the ASSETS 2008. Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 13-15, 2008. 2003-2006 "NASA Office of Space Science: $185,723 for interface development for the Life in the Atacama rover field experiment [Co-I/PD]. "NASA Office of Space Science: $90,000 for a museum exhibit to display remote experiences from the Life in the Atacama rover field experiment [Co-I/ PD]. "NASA AISR Program: $96,036 for observation and evaluation of the EventScope rover operations interface for The Life in the Atacama Project. Served as Co-I for the overall project and PD for all aspects of the rover operations center at CMU. "NASA Office of Space Science: $24,000 to display remote experiences from a crater excavation in Argentina. Served as PI of CMU part of project. "SETI Institute: $32,000 for exhibit showing the HighLakes 2006 expedition data. [Served as PI of CMUpart project]. –Lemelson Foundation: $18,040 for Telepresence Art and Applications class [PI]. –The Laurel Foundation" $20,000 for K-12 Telepresence Training [PI]. –Heinz Endowments: $200,000 for Eventscope Rover Streaming [PI]. 2002-2004 –NASA Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research Award: $600,000 for the development of a 3D virtual environment authoring tool [PI]. –NASA Jet Propulsion Labs Learning Technologies Project Grant: $86,000 to create 3D remote experiences from the Mars Exploration Rover mission [PI]. –The Richard King Mellon Foundation: $40,000 and (via a separate grant) $110,000 for EventScope Rover Streaming Interface [PI]. 1999-2002 For EventScope: A 3D Robotic Learning Environment [PI]. "The NASA LEARNERS Program ($363,253) "The Heinz Endowments ($100,000) "The Laurel Foundation ($30,000) "1994-1998 Graduate Research Fellowship (Master of Fine Arts), Carnegie Mellon University

Selected Publications

Coppin, P.W (2014). An Embodied Cognition Approach to Distinguishing Pictures, Diagrams and Sentences to Inform Design. Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS). Lund, Sweden. Coppin, P.W., Harvey, J., Valen-Sendstad, K., Steinman, D.A. (2014). –Perceptually optimizing"depictions of blood flow dynamics via caricature, sequential art, and 20th century futurism. Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS). Lund, Sweden. Coppin, P.W. (2014). Progress toward translating –visual"graphics into sound to produce more accessible interfaces (with implications for the picture perception debate). Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS). Lund, Sweden. Steinman, D., Coppin, P.W., Steinman, D.A. (2014). Everything old is new again: illustration and caricature for communicating complex medical images. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science. Lisbon, Portugal. Coppin, P. W. (2014). Perceptual-cognitive properties of pictures, diagrams, and sentences: Toward a science of visual information design. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Coppin, P.W., Harvey, J., Valen-Sendstad, K., Steinman, D.A. (2014). Illustration-inspired visualization of blood flow dynamics. Proceedings of the Seventh World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, USA. Burton, J., & Coppin, P.W. (2012). Understanding and predicting the affordances of visual logics. In P. Chapman, L. Micallef (Eds.), Third International Workshop on Euler Diagrams (A Diagrams 2012 Workshop), CEUR Workshop Proceedings. Aachen, Germany: RWTH Aachen University. Coppin, P.W. (2012). Distinguishing Pictorial from Symbolic Information. Proceedings of The Seventh International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer. Coppin, P.W. (2011). Reconciling competing accounts of picture perception from art theory and perceptual psychology via the dual route hypothesis. In B. Kokinov, A. Karmiloff-Smith, N.J. Nersessian (Eds.), European Perspectives on Cognitive Science. Sofia, Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University Press. Coppin, P.W., Burton, J., & Hockema, S.A. (2010). An attention based theory to explore affordances of textual and diagrammatic proofs. In A. Goel, M. Jamnik, N. Narayanan (Eds.), Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Vol. 6170, pp. 271-278). Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer. Coppin, P. W. (2009, August). –Clutter"as an –infovis system"for vague –categories."In proceed- ings of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry 2009 (EPIC 2009) (p. 315), Chicago, IL, USA. Coppin, P.W., & Hockema, S.A. (2009). Learning from the information workspace of an information professional with dyslexia and ADHD. In proceedings from the Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics 6: User Requirement, Science and Technology for Humanity, 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference (TIC-STH 2009) (pp. 801807). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: IEEE. Coppin, P.W., & Hockema, S.A. (2009). A cognitive exploration of the –non-visual"nature of geometric proofs. In P. Cox, A. Fish, J. Howse (Eds.), Visual Languages and Logic, CEUR Workshop Proceedings (Vol. 510, pp. 81-95). Aachen, Germany: RWTH Aachen University. Coppin, P.W. (2009, February 9). Using dyslexia to explore the cognitive characteristics of illustra- tions and text; using illustrations and text to explore the cognitive characteristics of dyslexia. In proceedings of iConference 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Coppin, P.W. (2008). Developing drawing and visual thinking strategies to enhance computer programming for people with dyslexia. In proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing 2008 (VL/HCC 2008) (pp. 266-267). Herrsching, Germany: IEEE.Presentations (prior to May 2008 not included) Coppin, P.W. (2008). Ethnographic observation of graphic facilitation practices. In proceedings of IEEE Information Visualization Conference 2008 (InfoVis 2008). Columbus, Ohio. IEEE. Myers, E., Coppin, P.W., Wagner, M., Lu, L., McCloskey, R., Seneker, D., & McCloskey, K. (2005, October). The EventScope remote science operations tool: Using a visualization of a remote location as an interface for robotic exploration. In proceedings of the IEEE Visualization Conference 2005 (VIS 2005). Minneapolis, MN: IEEE. Thomas, G., Coppin, P.W., Cabrol, N., Wettergreen, D., Pudenz, E., & Glasgow, J. (2005). Collab- orative virtual environments for control of planetary exploration rovers. In proceedings for special Session on Human Robot Interaction, Human Computer Interaction / Virtual Reality Conference 2005. July 22-27, 2005, Las Vegas, NV. Myers, E., Coppin, P.W., Wagner, M., Fischer, K., Lu, L., McCloskey, R., Seneker, D., Cabrol, N., Wettergreen, D., & Waggoner, A. (2005, March). Using near real-time mission data for education and public outreach: Strategies from the life in the Atacama E/PO effort. In Proceedings of the 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC 2005). League City, TX. Myers, E., Coppin, P.W., Wagner, M., Fischer, K., Lu, L., McCloskey, R., & Seneker, D. (2004). EventScope: Bringing remote experience of Mars to the public through telepresence. In Proceedings of 10th Symposium on Information Visualization 2004 (InfoVis 2004) , October 2004, Austin, TX. IEEE. Coppin, P.W., Fischer, K., Koch, N., Martinelli, D., McCloskey, R., & Wagner, M. (2002). EventScope: Discovering Mars with internet-based virtual environments. In proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2002. July 2002, San Antonio, TX: ACM. Coppin, P. W., Wagner, M. D., & Thayer, S. (2001, February). Reality browsing: Using information interaction and robotic autonomy for planetary exploration. In M. S. El-Genk (Ed.), American Institute of Physics Conference Series (Vol. 552, pp. 64-69). Albuquerque, NM. Coppin, P.W., Pell, R., Wagner, M., Hays, J., Li, J., Hall L., Fisher, K., & Hirschfield, D. (2000). EventScope: Amplifying human knowledge and experience via intelligent robotic systems and information Interaction. In proceedings of IEEE Robot Human Interaction 2000 (RO-MAN 2000) (pp. 292-296). Osaka, Japan: IEEE. Coppin, P.W., Morrissey, A., Wagner, M., Vincent, M., & Thomas, G. (1999). Big Signal: Information interaction for public telerobotic exploration. In proceedings of the Workshop on Current Challenges in Internet Robotics , International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May, 1999.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

"Member of IEEE Technical Committee on Online Robots (founding member). "Cognitive Science Society "College Art Association "Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies "IEEE