NSERC/AITF/SMART Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies

Funding Details
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Grant type: Industrial Research Chairs
  • Years: 2014/15 to 2018/19
  • Total Funding: $300,000
Principle Investigator(s)

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Project Summary

Modern society demands that people manage, communicate and interact with digital information and digitaldevices at an ever-increasing pace. The problem is not with the information itself, but rather with its sheervolume and the unwieldy ways now provided to present, exchange, view and interact with it. Consequently, theoverall objective of the Chair is to: design, develop and evaluate interactive technologies so that they supportthe everyday-world practices of how people view, represent, manage, and interact with information and howthey collaborate with it. The Chair will realize this objective through two inter-related research themes. First,interactive visualization investigates the possibilities the digital world affords for peoples' exploration of denseand complex information spaces. The overall goal is to promote comprehension by providing people withappropriate interactive technologies and digital displays that help them transform information into knowledge.Second, fluid interaction considers how the technology that displays this information can be designed as a trulyintegral part of the real world environment. The overall goal is to create new displays and devices that fit,support and participate in - rather than ignore - the everyday-world social practices of people and theirsurrounding environment. Both themes are tightly intertwined: Interactive visualization considers thefundamental nature of information and how people can effectively interact with it through technology, whilefluid interaction considers how these technologies manifest themselves in ways that integrate with the everydaypractices and routines of people.This research will leverage Carpendale's expertise in the creation of novel designs for interactive technologies.Her strong history of collaboration with her industrial sponsor, SMART Technologies, ULC, is a sponsorshipthat includes an Industrial Chair co-funded by SMART Technologies, Inc. and Alberta's AITF agency.

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