Future Events:

LUNCH Provided (starting at 11:50am)
LOCATION: DFP Classroom, Forestry Building, Rm 2300 (2nd Floor, Forestry building, 2424 Main Mall)
DIRECTIONS: Once you are inside the Forestry Science building walk to the rear (south-east) of the building by passing through the large open study area and up the stairs to the 2nd level student (“treetop”) lounge area. For room 2300A, the MAGIC Lab, turn left, pass through a double door and the lab is 1st on the right.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Title: Investigating Metadata as a Resource for Designing Longer-Term Interactions

Speaker: William Odom, PhD, Assistant Professor, SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology

Abstract: The convergence of social, cloud and mobile computing alongside the massive adoption of networked personal devices has resulted in the production of large amounts of metadata—human or machine constructed traces of digital information that implicitly and explicitly document people’s interactions and experiences in daily life. These diverse and growing archives of metadata offer largely unexplored opportunities for revealing rich insights about ourselves, catalyzing new social connection and collaborations with others, and supporting longer-term interactions with technologies inhabiting our everyday lives. In this talk I will draw on examples of systems developed in my recent research to demonstrate and reflect on new opportunities that metadata presents for designers and researchers of interactive technology.


William Odom is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His work has received numerous best paper and honorable mention awards at ACM conferences including CHI, DIS, and Ubicomp, as well as a silver international design excellence award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America. He is Technical Program Chair for ACM DIS 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Canada. He can be reached at: www.willodom.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Title: Priming the brain to learn using robotics and stimulation

Speaker: Lara Boyd, PT, PhD, Professor, UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Abstract: Recovery after stroke is slow and outcomes are highly variable.  In part this is because the dose of rehabilitation necessary is very large.  One approach to this problem is to pre-excite or prime the brain to learn using robotics or brain stimulation.  This talk will review both approaches and provide data to show how these technologies may be used to facilitate both brain activity and recovery of function after stroke.


Dr. Lara Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Investigator, a Peter Wall Scholar, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia.  She is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist. Dr. Boyd directs the Brain Behaviour Lab at the University of British Columbia, which performs research designed to advance theoretical conceptualizations of how brain function relates to behaviour during learning. She is an expert in neuroimaging and neurophysiology, and uses a variety of cutting edge technology in her research. Dr. Boyd also directs the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Speaker: James Landay, Professor, Computer Science, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


to be posted soon


James Landay is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, specializing in human-computer interaction (HCI). Previously, Dr. Landay was a Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and prior to that a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His current research interests include Technology to Support Behavior Change, Demonstrational Interfaces, Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing, and User Interface Design Tools. He is the founder and co-director of the World Lab, a joint research and educational effort with Tsinghua University in Beijing.. homepage: https://engineering.stanford.edu/people/james-landay

Wednesday, April 11, 2018: 12noon to 2pm

Designing for People Year-end Poster/Demo Event

  • Save your posters and demos from the year
  • Create new posters to show your work
  • Prizes for Student projects!!