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Current Members

Emma Westecott
Emma Westecott Co-Director

Emma Westecott has worked in and around the game industry for over twenty years. She originally achieved recognition for working closely with Douglas Adams as programmer then producer for the best-selling Starship Titanic (1998, Simon & Schuster). Emma directed zerogame for The Interactive Institute, an applied games research lab based in Sweden and organised Women in Games 2007 ( She was a core member of the Synergy games research group ( at The University of Wales, Newport. Her research interests include the celebration of digital games as an expressive art form and the potential for practice-based research to extend, enhance and conceive of game form in new and creative ways. Her research focus is centred on the ongoing creative evolution of game form, both in terms of new experience and new human possibilities. This, and the impressive body of work created under her leadership of the zerogame studio in Sweden, brought her to the DFI at OCAD to teach games and develop their games research initiative. Emma is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Cindy Poremba
Cindy Poremba Co-Director

Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator. She is an Assistant Professor (Digital Entertainment), at OCAD University. Dr. Poremba has presented internationally at both conferences and invited lectures. Her work has been published in journals such as Eludamos, Loading and Games & Culture, as well as edited collections and magazines. Cindy has held positions on award juries including Indiecade and the Independent Game Festival, and is a past Board member of Toronto’s Hand Eye Society, North America’s oldest videogame arts non-profit. Cindy also organizes non-traditional exhibitions as an independent curator, including Joue le jeu/Play AlongXYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design, and “new arcade” events as a member of the kokoromi experimental videogame collective.

Patricio Davila Principal Investigator

Patricio Davila, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design, has received a range of grant funding in the areas of graphic and aesthetic data design and new media and mobile installation work.

He is currently working on a project with OCAD U’s Inclusive Design Institute, creating a web interface and architecture for public users, to facilitate the implementation for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Davila specializes in graphic design, data visualization and design methodologies, and has been working with the Mobile Experience lab for 5 years. He is also currently a completing a PhD in the Culture and Communication Joint Program at York University and Ryerson University.