Current Team

  • Lan-Xi Dong, Research Assistant
  • Lee Balki, Research Assistant
  • Jad Rabbaa, Research Assistant
  • Hugh Ritchie, Research Assistant
  • Afrooz Samaei, Research Assistant
  • Sana Shepko, Research Assistant
  • Manik Perera, Research Assistant
  • Orlando Bascunan, Research Assistant
  • Mudit Ganguly, Research Assistant
  • Greice Mariano, Visiting Doctoral Student (Brazil)
  • Ahmad Karawash, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ajaz Hussain, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Jeremy Bowes, Faculty Researcher
  • Isabelle Mireilles, Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Martha Ladly, Principal Investigator
  • Patricio Davila, Principal Investigator
  • Peter Coppin, Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Sara Diamond, Director
  • Marcus A. Gordon, Manager
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Isabel Meirelles Principal Investigator

Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. Isabel is a Professor in the Faculty of Design and a Researcher in the Visual Analytics Lab (VAL) at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. At VAL, Meirelles is currently a researcher in two ORF-RE Projects: iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth, and the Big Data Research, Analytics, and Information Network (BRAIN) Alliance. Prior to her current academic appointment that began in January 2015, Meirelles taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Art + Design department at Northeastern University, Boston (2003–14), and was a core faculty member at Northeastern’s Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences (2012–14). Isabel’s research focuses on the theoretical and experimental examination of the fundamentals underlying how information is structured, represented, and communicated in different media. Meirelles is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences dealing with information design, motion graphics, and design education. Besides numerous refereed articles and book chapters, Meirelles is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport Publishers, 2013). Meirelles frequently collaborates with colleagues in the sciences and the humanities in interdisciplinary projects involving visualization of information. In addition, she has continued a creative design practice focused on print publications and interactive applications devised in collaboration with artists and art curators.

Martha Ladly
Dr. Martha Ladly Principal Investigator

Dr. Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design and Graduate Studies at OCAD University. She specializes in experience design, and interactive media, art and technology research; she is a founding researcher with the Mobile Experience Lab and was a principal network investigator with the GRAND Canadian National Centre of Excellence. She is currently undertaking research in the Centre for Innovation in Data Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD) with Dr. Gerald Penn, investigating gesture and keyword driven browsing, search and display, within a large 24-year CBC news data corpus. Martha is the author of numerous articles on digital technology and entertainment and has shown her work internationally, most recently at ISEA 2014 in Dubai, UAE. In the 1990s Martha was the Head of Design with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Group in the U.K. She had a prominent international career as a performer, writer, and recording artist in the 1980s. Martha completed her PhD on Eros, Women, and Technology in 2013, in the Communication and Culture Program at York University, and continued her research as a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2014

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Peter Coppin Principal Investigator

Dr. Peter Coppin is an Associate 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.

Patricio Dávila
Patricio Dávila Principal Investigator

Patricio Dávila is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently Associate Professor in Design and Associate Dean at OCAD University. He is also member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab and Visual Analytics Lab. Patricio is director of Public Visualization Lab. His doctoral research focused on developing a theoretical framework for examining data visualization as assemblages of subjectivation and power. In his creative practice he has created mobile applications, locative media projects, essay videos, new media installations, and participatory community projects including: Powers of Kin, Chthuluscene, Tent City Projections, The Line, and In The Air Tonight. His research and practice focuses on the politics and aesthetics of participation in the visualization of spatial issues with a specific focus on urban experiences, mobile technologies and large-scale interactive public installations.

Dr. Sara Diamond Dr. Sara Diamond President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists. While retaining OCAD University's traditional strengths in art and design, Diamond has guided the university in becoming a leader in digital media, design research and curriculum through the Digital Futures Initiative, new research in Inclusive Design, health and design, as well as in sustainable technologies and design. She also played a leading role in OCAD University's establishment of the unique Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. These initiatives have built strong partnerships for OCAD University with science, business and communities, in Ontario and abroad. Currently, she serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, ORION (Ontario’s high-speed network), SHARCNET, IO (Interactive Ontario), Canadian Women in Communications; i-Canada; is Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto Advisory Committee. Diamond serves the larger university community through her membership on the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) of the Association of Universities and Colleges and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Relationships with Other Postsecondary Institutions for the Council of Ontario Universities. Diamond is a member of the Council of the Canadian Academies’ expert panel on the State of Science & Technology in Canada.

She is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. She developedwww.codezebra.net, a social media software and performance and responsive fashion environment. Diamond is founding Chair of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre and current co-chair (with RBC). She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, an OCAD U/York University major initiative and sits on the board of the National Centre of Excellence GRAND. Diamond continues to write and lecture on the subjects of digital media history, digital media, strategic foresight; mobility and design strategy for peer-reviewed journals and acts as a reviewer and evaluator for IEEE and ACM conferences and journals; SSHRC, CFI and the Canada Research Chair programs. Her artwork is held by prestigious collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NYC and the National Gallery of Canada.

Diamond was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led it until 2005. In this role she assisted with the development, incubation and support of many of Canada's leading new media companies. Diamond created and was the Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca, an online showcase for new media art and design in collaboration with Heritage Canada and The Banff Centre. At the Banff Centre she created international think tanks and collaborations in ICT, digital media and science research with artists, designers and scientists from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central and Western Europe and the U.S.A., as well as Canada. Her book (with Sarah Cook) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues, a history of the boom, bust and reset years of the first wave of digital media is currently available; published by Banff Centre Press and Riverdale Architectural Press, University of Waterloo.

Photo of Lan-Xi Dong Lan-Xi Dong Research Assistant

Lanxi Dong is an undergraduate student in the Industrial Design program at OCAD University. She is interested in experience design, inclusive design, user-centred design, and urban design, as well as exploring research methods in design practice.

Jad Rabbaa Jad Rabbaa Research Assistant

Jad Rabbaa is a multidisciplinary digital designer, multimedia strategist, and editor. His interdisciplinary background is the combination of his passion for communication aesthetics and his interest in digital technology. 
Jad’s exposure to different fields keeps expanding, spanning over three different continents, two majors, and five languages. Over the past decade, he has worked for a wide array of clients around the world, ranging from TV channels to SMEs and even the public sector. Lately, he has been involved with the United Nations working as a UX designer and strategist at the peacekeeping mission UNIFIL. His experience covers interactive design through web and mobile, incorporating illustrations, animations, and video to serve a seamless user experience and communication.
Jad’s research at the Masters of Digital Futures at OCAD focuses on the use of the state-of-the-art Augmented Reality HMDs as a futuristic wayfinding tool within complex spaces and how the User Interface and User Experience will develop within the realm of MR and AR.

Photo of Jeremy Bowes Jeremy Bowes Faculty Researcher

Jeremy Bowes is a tenured Professor in Design at OCAD University, and teaches in the Environmental Design program, and the Strategic Foresight and innovation graduate program. He has 35 years of experience as an interior, and architectural designer. He has operated his own design office since 1987, and has pursued a variety of design work from film and television studios, interior and architectural design, to exhibit and furniture design. His current practice encompasses residential design; small urban infill, cottage and rural residential projects, with a focus on new sustainable methods, constructional systems and materials. Jeremy has served in numerous administrative capacities, most recently as an assistant dean in the faculty of design, and as a chair of the Environmental Design program. He is also a course leader in the Strategic Foresight and innovation Masters of design graduate program, and an advisor to Slab. His research centres around sustainable living design approaches for habitat dwellings, building on past architectural housing experience, and systems design background. Key areas of research are minimal residential habitat design, sustainable prefabrication, material constructional system methods, and integrated living systems within architectural, urban and rural ecologies.

Marcus A. Gordon Marcus A. Gordon Manager

Marcus A. Gordon is a visual artist, researcher, and adjunct professor, that works at the intersections of holography, photography, and visualization.  He brings information technology experience from various organizations in the computing, finance, and telecommunications sectors. At OCAD University, he is an advocate for open source and digital literacy, and promotes this via the Visual Analytics Labs' industry and academic relationships he builds there as lab manager. His MFA graduate research in combined his interests in holography, photography and architecture, exploring the nature of spatial imaging and public art. In the summer of 2017, he completed his Digital Futures studies and research assistance with an internship at IBM Design. Marcus also continues his art research practice in holography through OCAD University's PHASE Lab, alongside his passion for fine art photography. Since 2018, Marcus is the newest member of the Toronto Public Library's Innovation Council, and continues to advocate digital thinking in art/design research and education.

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Hugh Ritchie Hugh Ritchie Research Assistant
Afrooz Samaei Afrooz Samaei Research Assistant
Sana Shepko Sana Shepko Research Assistant
Manik Perera Manik Perera Research Assistant
Orlando Bascunan Orlando Bascunan Research Assistant
Mudit Ganguly Mudit Ganguly Research Assistant
Greice Mariano Greice Mariano Visiting Doctoral Student (Brazil)
Ahmad Karawash Ahmad Karawash Postdoctoral Fellow
Ajaz Hussain Ajaz Hussain Postdoctoral Fellow

Past Members

Jessica Peter Lab Alumni
Laura Wright Lab Alumni

 

 

Dr. Fanny Chevalier Lab Alumn
Dr. Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan Lab Alumni
Harjot Bal Lab Alumni
Pavika Chinatraruck (Pui) Lab Alumni
Martin Dimkovski Lab Alumni
Anna Golinski Lab Alumni
Symon Oliver Lab Alumni
Tatijana Petkovic Lab Alumni
Borzu Talaie Lab Alumni
Peggy Zhou (Pei) Lab Alumni
Cornelia Baptista Lab Alumni
Allie Chiu Lab Alumni
Guia Gali Lab Alumni
John Harvey Lab Alumni
Ambrose Li Lab Alumni
Tea Pajkic Lab Alumni
Gabe Sawhney Lab Alumni
Ruzette Tanyag Lab Alumni
Cathy (Pin-Chun) Chen Lab Alumni
Elnaz Delpisheh Lab Alumni
Alex Gebhardt Lab Alumni
Chris Ivanovs Lab Alumni
John Matyskiel Lab Alumni
Joana Patrasc Lab Alumni
Anne Stevens Lab Alumni
Rober Tu Lab Alumni
Chantal Chen Lab Alumni
Chi Deng Lab Alumni
Maziar Ghaderi Lab Alumni
Siavash Kazemian Lab Alumni
Razieh Niazi Lab Alumni
Hudson Pridham Lab Alumni
Weiwei Sun Lab Alumni