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PEOPLE OF RC4

Dr. Ali Mazalek, Associate Professor, RTA, Ryerson University

Ali Mazalek is Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation and Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media. She is also Associate Professor and Director of the Synaesthetic Media Lab at Georgia Tech, where she was formerly Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Media before coming to Ryerson in Fall 2013. Her research explores emerging modalities in new media, focusing on tangible and embodied interaction technologies to support creative practices that bridge the physical and digital worlds. Mazalek studies, designs, and develops tangible and embodied interaction systems that enable people to be more creative in areas that range from media arts and entertainment, to science and education. Her research approach combines theoretical study and scientific research with technological development and artistic practice. Mazalek’s research is supported by industry and government organizations, e.g. Intel, Steelcase, Turner, Google, NSF. She has published her research in a range of academic conferences and journals, delivered guest lectures in both academia and industry, and exhibited her media art works and interfaces at numerous galleries and festivals. Mazalek received M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees from the MIT Media Lab where she worked with the Tangible Media and Interactive Cinema / Media Fabrics research groups. She received a B.S. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1999.

Dr. Ali Miri, Professor and Associate Chair, Computer Science, Ryerson University

Ali Miri is a Professor with the School of Computer Science at Ryerson University, Toronto,
Canada. He is also a Professor at the School of Information Technology and Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include applied cryptography, digital communication, signal processing, distributed systems, and mobile computing. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, ACM and a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Alireza Sadeghian, Chair and Associate Professor, Computer Science, Ryerson University

Dr. Sadeghian received the B.A.Sc. (Hons.) degree from Tehran Polytechnic University, the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 1999, he has been with the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University, where he holds the position of the Chair and Associate Professor.

Dr. Sadeghian has published over 50 technical manuscripts and papers in the areas of Nonlinear Modeling, Knowledge-Based Expert Systems, Artificial Neural Networks, Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Networks, and Cryptography. He is the recipient of Ryerson’s University first PRECRAN Funding award, and FEAS Teaching Excellence Award. He has also served on a number of professional and academic boards including Education Committee of IEEE Neural Network Council, reviewer for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), OCE (Ontario Centre of Excellence), PREA (Premier’s Research Excellence Awards), CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation), as well as reviewer for the academic journals — IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics; IEEE Transactions on Information Theory; IEEE Transactions on Magnetics; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics; IEEE Transaction on Data and Knowledge Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentations and Measurement, Journal of Fuzzy Sets & Systems; EURASIP Signal Processing Journal — and he has lectured extensively on Artificial Intelligence. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd, Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), Ryerson University. He is also the Director of the Social Media Lab, a multi- and interdisciplinary research laboratory at TRSM and a co-editor of a new, multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society published by Sage. Dr. Gruzd’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user-generated big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society. His expertise lays in developing and testing new analytics tools for discovering and visualizing social media data and online social networks. The broad aim of Dr. Gruzd’s various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviours and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions. His research and commentaries have been reported across Canada and internationally in various mass media outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, Nature.com, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Canadian Press.

He is co-organizing the 2015 Social Media & Society Conference, the 2015 HICSS mini-track on Social Networking & Communities, co-chairing the 2015 CSCW Panels track, and co-edited a special issue on Measuring Influence in Social Media for American Behavioral Scientist with Dr. Barry Wellman (University of Toronto).

Dr. Ayse Basar Bener, Professor and Director of the Data Science Laboratory (DSL), Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University.

Dr. Ayse Basar Bener is a professor and the director of Data Science Laboratory (DSL) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. She is a faculty research fellow of IBM Toronto Labs Centre for Advance Studies. Her current research focus is big data applications to tackle the problem of decision-making under uncertainty by using machine learning methods and graph theory to analyze complex structures in big data to build recommender systems and predictive models in health care, software engineering, smart energy grid, and green software. She has published more than 100 articles in journals and conferences. Dr. Bener holds a PhD in Information Systems from London School of Economics. She is a member of AAAIIEEE, INFORMS, and AIS.

Dr. Cherie Ding, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University

Cherie Ding is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University, Canada. Her research interests include cloud service selection, cloud marketplace, recommender systems, social data analytics, behavior analytics, and web search. She has publications in various international journals and conferences. Her research is sponsored by NSERC and CFI.

Dr. Claus Rinner, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Ryerson University

Within Geographic Information Science, Dr. Rinner develops novel decision support methods for both, experts and the general public. His goal is to enhance mapping and spatial analysis tools in geographic information systems (GIS) to support “visual thinking” and facilitate effective spatial decision-making. An important aspect of his research approach is interdisciplinary collaboration through which he transfers and adapts established analysis methods to new domains and new technological platforms. Core research areas:

  • Geographic visualization and spatial decision support systems (SDSS)
  • Map-centred exploratory multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Participatory GIS and argumentation maps
  • Applications of GIS in public health, urban and regional planning, and environmental change

Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri Assistant Professor, EE, Ryerson University

Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri specializes in the systematic reuse of large-scale software assets; and the automated semantic interpretation and annotation of Big Data. He is the founder of the Laboratory for Systems, Software and Semantics) at Ryerson University, which has been an interdisciplinary research lab (LS3 staffing researchers from the fields of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Humanities Computing, English Literature, Business, Computer Science and Mathematics. Ebrahim currently leads various large-scale R&D projects currently worth over $4M Canadian Dollars; supporting 25-research staff such as students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Hossein Rahnama, Associate Professor, RTA, Ryerson University

Dr. Hossein Rahnama is the Research and Innovation Director of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Hossein leads the DMZ’s research and innovation arm, facilitating and encouraging industry partnerships with DMZ companies and teams while contributing to scientific discovery and dissemination. He is also the CEO Flybits, a spin-off company from Ryerson and MaRS Innovation focusing on context-aware computing. Hossein has been at Ryerson University for more than a decade, starting with his undergraduate degree and staying through to complete his doctoral degree and postdoctoral work. This long association with Ryerson has given him a deep understanding of the university system, including the academic and scientific research process, which has been invaluable to the DMZ’s development.

A man who wears many hats, Hossein is also the Research Director of the Ubiquitous Computing Group at Ryerson, and an Assistant Professor in the University’s Faculty of Communication and Design. He is an advocate for Canadian-European research collaborations in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, having completed collaborations with more than 14 industry partners across Europe, including close relations with companies in Sweden and Norway.

In the DMZ, Hossein conducts research that combines context-aware computing, artificial intelligence, and opportunistic social networking. With special interests in the transit, transport and security industries, Hossein’s Flybits team specializes in mobile software solutions that respond to situational factors and personal information.

Hossein is the recipient of ORION Innovation Award, Isadore Sharp Outstanding Graduate Award, an OCE International Scholarship, Apple Inc. student scholarship, and in 2008, he was a semi-finalist for the business plan competition at Harvard Business School. Hossein has more than 18 publications and patents on Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing. Prior to starting his doctoral studies at Ryerson, Hossein was the VP of Research and Innovation at Appear Networks in Sweden and prior to that a Mobile Applications Architect at Primus Telecommunications in London, England. In August 2012 it was announced that Rahnama was recognized as part of MIT’s Technology Review magazine’s annual list of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35.

Dr. James Smith, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ryerson University

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Ryerson University, specializing in electrical and biomedical engineering. His research combines aspects of embedded systems, robotics and biomechanics. He has active research projects in human birth models, legged robots, and automated surgical systems. He currently teaches BME 538 — Microprocessors, ELE 604 — Sensors and Measurement, and EE8215 — Human Computer Interaction. He was Biomedical Engineering Program Director in 2010/11 and helped lead Ryerson’s Biomedical Engineering program to CEAB accreditation in 2012. In addition to teaching awards received at the University of Alberta and a departmental teaching award at Ryerson in 2013, he is a recipient or co-recipient of four IEEE Real World Engineering Projects awards between 2007 and 2010. He was co-recipient of second place in the design competition at the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Conference in Houston Texas. He is the faculty advisor for Ryerson’s BMES student chapter and the award-winning Hobby Electronics Club.

Dr. Jason Nolan, Director, Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab

Jason Nolan, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Jason is founding co-editor of the journal Learning Inquiry, and is co-editor of the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments.

Areas of inquiry include: concept development in science, social technologies for young children, identity construction online, critical thinking and reflective practice, teacher education, children’s information privacy online in social networks.

Present Research: social technologies for young children; children, technology and play; EDGE: experiential design and gaming environments http://edgelab.ryerson.ca

Dr. Joseph Chow, Professor, Civil Engineering, Ryerson University

EDUCATION

BSc, MEng, Cornell University, PhD, University of California, Irvine, P.E.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Transportation planning, network modeling, travel demand and behavior, freight and logistics, urban operations research, transport economics, sustainable infrastructure management, traffic operations and control.

PUBLICATIONS AND WORKING PAPERS

Chow, J.Y.J., Recker, W.W., 2012. Inverse optimization with endogenous arrival time constraints to calibrate the household activity pattern problem. Transportation Research Part B 46(3), 463-479.

Chow, J.Y.J., Regan, A.C., Ranaiefar, F., Arkhipov, D.I., 2011. A network option portfolio management framework for adaptive transportation planning. Transportation Research Part A 45(8), 765-778.

Chow, J.Y.J., Regan, A.C., 2011. Network-based real option models. Transportation Research Part B 45(4), 682-695.

Chow, J.Y.J., Regan, A.C., 2011. Real option pricing of network design investments. Transportation Science, 45(1), 50-63.

Chow, J.Y.J., Regan, A.C., 2011. Resource location and relocation models with rolling horizon forecasting for wildland fire planning. INFOR 49(1), 31-43.

Chow, J.Y.J., Yang, C.H., Regan, A.C., 2010. State-of-the-art of freight forecast modeling: lessons learned and the road ahead. Transportation, 37 (6), 1011-1030.

Chow, J.Y.J., Regan, A.C., Arkhipov, D.I., 2010. Fast converging global heuristic for continuous network design problem using radial basis functions. Transportation Research Record 2196, 102-110.

Chow, J.Y.J., Lee, G., Yang, I., 2010. Genetic algorithm to estimate cumulative prospect theory parameters for selection of high-occupancy-vehicle lane. Transportation Research Record 2157, 71-77.

TEACHING FIELDS

CVL 316: Transportation Engineering

CVL 910: Transportation Planning

Dr. Linying Dong, Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University

Linying Dong is an Associate Professor at Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University. She earned her Ph. D. at Richard Ivey School of Business, the University of Western Ontario, and is SAP certified consultant. Her research focuses on management support, group dynamics, emotion communication, leadership, and IS implementations and adoption. Her work appears in journals including European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, Communications of AIS, and Business Process Management Journal. She was awarded Meritorious Award for her article on laptop usage (2006), and her article on top management support was Highly Recommended for Awards of Excellence by Business Process Management Journal (2009). She has won a number of awards and grants from internal and external sources.

Dr. Matthew Kyan, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University

Matthew Kyan received the BSc in Computer Science (’97), BEng (’98) and PhD (’07) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia. Upon joining Ryerson University in 2008 as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Kyan has played an instrumental role in establishing the Centre for Interactive Multimedia Information Mining (CIM2) along with an associated research program in information mining.

Specializing in audio-visual signal processing and informatics, multimedia summarization, knowledge-
assisted visualization, immersive computing and virtual/mixed reality, Dr. Kyan currently directs the Multimedia Information Mining & Immersive Computing (MIMIC) research group, in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He works with numerous industry partners across the GTA and abroad, from across a variety of sectors: including graphic arts and communications, film and cinema, 3D animation, augmented reality, advertising and marketing, and biomedical imaging & informatics.

With over 40 internationally refereed publications, his passion revolves around dissolving traditional boundaries that exist in the human-computer interface, and using pattern recognition and computational intelligence to extend and augment the human as they engage in computer mediated Dr. Kyan won the Inaugural Siemens National Prize for Innovation, Australia (’99) for his work with 3D confocal image analysis. He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing (SPS), Computational Intelligence (CIS) and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Societies (EMBS), currently serving as Treasurer for IEEE EMBS, Toronto Chapter.

Dr. Norman Shaw Assistant Professor, Ted Rogers School of Retail Management

Norman teaches business systems to our Retail and Hospitality students, having joined the Ted Rogers School of Management in 2007.

During his lectures he shares his experience, describing real-life examples of the challenges and advantages of using technology. He was Chief Information Officer for a Toronto based retailer that operated over 1,000 stores with such recognizable names as Harry Rosen, Tip Top, Fairweather and Bluenotes. He also lived in California for four years, working for Wet Seal, which is a retailer of clothes for teenage girls with over 500 stores in the USA.

He gained experience in the world of hospitality as Vice President in charge of technology for a hotel management company that operated hotels under the flags of Marriott, Holiday Inn and Hard Rock.

His research focus is to find out what motivates individuals to use technology and why some people adopt advanced features more readily than others. A prior study investigated how primary care physicians are using Electronic Medical Records. His current research is focused on consumer acceptance of the digital wallet. Both retailers/ hospitality or otherwise, may benefit from the smart for their customer transactions

Dr. Ojelanki NgwenyamaProfessor of Global Management and Director of the Institute of Innovation and Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Ojelanki Ngwenyama is currently Professor of Global Management and Director of the Institute of Innovation and Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; Visiting Research Professor, Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town; Guest Professor in the MI-lab: Man and Information Technology Laboratory, Halmstad University, Sweden; and Docent in Information Systems University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In 2012 he was VELUX Visiting Professor of Information Technology Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; and in 2011 he was Andrew Mellon Foundation Mentorship Professor in Information Systems, UCT. Ojelanki has been a member of the faculties of Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto; Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University; Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University; and Aarhus Business School, University of Aarhus, Denmark. In 2009 he received D.Phil (Honoris Causa) from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Pretoria for International Contributions to Research Methods in Information Systems.

Dr. Olivia Das, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University

Olivia Das received her B. Sc. (with Honours) in Mathematics in 1993 and M. Sc. in Applied Mathematics in 1995 from University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India. She further obtained a M.Sc. in Information and System Sciences in 1998 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in the area of dependability evaluation of software architectures.

Dr. Richard Lachman, Associate Professor, RTA School of Media and Director, Transmedia Zone

Dr. Richard Lachman is Director of the RTA Transmedia Centre and Associate Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. He also serves as a Technology and Creative Consultant for entertainment and software-development projects. A Gemini award-winning producer, Richard has worked on many highly successful Canadian and US interactive and convergent- media projects over the last 15 years.

Richard completed his doctorate at UNE in Australia studying digital documentary recommendation-engines, is a computer-science graduate of MIT, and holds a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab’s “Interactive Cinema” group. He joined a startup acquired by Mattel, finally serving as Lead Designer and Lead Engineer for the Petz software with over 3 million units shipped worldwide and awards from ID Magazine, Communications Arts, and Invision Children’s Entertainment. His later work in transmedia documentary has garnered a Gemini, CNMA and Webby Honouree awards. He currently conducts research in the EdgeLab facility (exploring experiential design and gaming environments) and the RTA Transmedia Centre (exploring the future of content through industry partnerships and cutting-edge research). Areas of interest include transmedia storytelling, digital documentaries, augmented/locative-media experiences, and gaming.

Richard Grunberg, Professor, RTA, Ryerson University

Rick Grunberg has been searching for a contented mix in life of technology, artistry and education. For the past twenty five years he has amassed a wealth of knowledge through his studies in Engineering, BA in Radio and Television Arts, MA in Communication Culture, and his forays into still photography (two years as former Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal Party photographer), and as a Director of Photography and Technical Producer in the television industry. Rick was instrumental in founding one of Canada’s most successful television facility and production companies, where his role as Vice President also allowed him to expand his creative production ambitions. He was later hired as a Technical Director and D.O.P. (Director of Photography) at TVOntario, working on such shows asPolka Dot Door and Polka Dot ShortsJoin In, and shows in the freelance market, such as Shining Time StationGood Morning AmericaEntertainment Tonight, and many more. He has given numerous lectures on advanced camera and lighting techniques throughout North America., and was instrumental in the funding, design and construction of Canada’s first University-based High Definition television training facility. He was also involved in some of the first High Definition tests and shoots almost 25 years ago. Rick has been lecturing at Ryerson University since 1996 on a part time basis and as full time faculty since 2001, while always maintaining a busy freelance shooting schedule. Rick’s research interests are now directed in the areas of HD bidirectional broadcast over IP, and  Digital Cinema with a key role in the design and implementation of Ryerson’s Advanced Visualization and Digital Cinema research Center through the recently awarded million-dollar CFI grant.

Dr. Rafik Loufty, Innovator-in-Residence, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University

Rafik Loutfy, chemical engineering professor, entrepreneur and former Xerox business executive, has been appointed the inaugural innovator-in-residence with the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University. His one-year appointment is effective July 1, 2013 and is made possible through a one-year research leave from McMaster University where he currently teaches.

For over 30 years, Loutfy worked with Xerox Corporation in increasingly senior roles, including corporate vice-president and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. In 2004, Loutfy retired from Xerox and joined McMaster University as the director of the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation and was appointed the inaugural Walter C. Booth Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Loutfy is a distinguished researcher in the area of radio frequency identification industrial applications, alternate energy sources, photovoltaic engineering, and entrepreneurship and innovation education. He has 32 U.S. patents to his credit and has published over 170 papers in referred journals. He is a dedicated graduate student supervisor, having overseen 90 master’s students who have created almost 30 start-up companies. Loutfy secured $3.3 million in seed funding for McMaster’s Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program for students to build proof-of-concept for their enterprise projects.

Loutfy is a current member of the Investment Review Committee for the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation and the Board of Editors of the Industrial Research Institute’s Research and Technology Journal. He earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, and holds a PhD in Photo Physics from the University of Western Ontario, an MSc in Organic Chemistry and a BSc in Chemistry from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

As a distinguished visitor at Ryerson, Loutfy joins some of Canada’s most prominent business, humanitarian and political leaders. To learn more about Ryerson’s other distinguished visitors, visitwww.ryerson.ca/provost/appointments.

Dr. Sri Krishnan, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ryerson University

Dr. Sri Krishnan is a dedicated academic leader, an accomplished researcher and an experienced administrator. He joined Ryerson in 1999 as an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has held the positions of assistant chair, graduate program director and chair. He was appointed associate dean (research, development and graduate programs) in 2011, and became interim dean in 2013. Dr. Krishnan was instrumental in founding Ryerson’s undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering, the first of its kind in Canada. He oversaw the launch of several new program options in electrical engineering, and fostered numerous international collaborations and industry partnerships. Under his direction, the PhD program in electrical and computer engineering was launched, and he played a pivotal role in establishing the faculty’s Research and Innovation Office (RiO).

Dr. Krishnan is one of Canada’s leaders in biomedical research, with expertise in biomedical signal processing. He holds one US patent and has published nearly 220 papers in refereed journals and conferences. An active collaborator with clinicians, industries and researchers, Dr. Krishnan has attracted significant research funding from many of Canada’s most prominent agencies, and holds a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Signal Analysis. In addition, he is actively engaged in graduate student training and supervision. He holds a BEng in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India, and an MSc and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Krishnan is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Krishnan has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Ryerson-Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011, the Ontario Research Innovation Award from Biodiscovery Toronto in 2008, and the Canadian Engineers’ Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers’ Canada in 2007.

Dr. Vincent Hui, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Architectural Science, Ryerson University

Vincent Hui holds several degrees including a master of architecture from the University of Waterloo and a master of business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He also holds a certificate in university teaching and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional.

Hui has been awarded several teaching distinctions at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University. As a faculty member in Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science, he teaches a variety of courses, from design studios to advanced architectural computing and digital fabrication.

Hui’s research and projects with physical computing and digital fabrication have been exhibited and published internationally. His recent work with the architectural appropriation of ubiquitous computing, augmented reality and datascapes has culminated in the development of the Arch-App, a tool that enables users to access data on any landmark in the built environment, and the ARIDD Project, a platform that allows users to visualize design work in real-world conditions in real time.

Hui has also cultivated an extensive record of published research on design pedagogy, computer aided design, building information modeling, parametric design, advanced simulation and rapid prototyping. As director of the [R]ed[U]x Lab, he oversees the design and fabrication of innovative works by Ryerson students and many of those projects have been exhibited around the world including Asia, Europe and North America.

A proponent of experiential learning opportunities and innovative teaching methods, Hui believes that learning is an ongoing process that continues beyond the classroom. On that note, he has been a strong supporter of the new Architectural Science Co-operative Education Internship program and has promoted the use of novel teaching and visualization tools in order to enhance the learning experience.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, leads Ryerson’s strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization at the University. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school. A leading researcher in her own right, her work focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and social change. She has written more than 200 papers on enabling technologies and innovation and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”. In 1999, she founded the Diversity Institute to advance evidence-based strategies to promote inclusion and has since led several of its large-scale projects including the SSHRC-fundedDiversityLeads, which involves more than 30 partners, and the Black Experience Project with community partners including the YMCA, Environics Institute, and United Way. She also leads Ryerson’s Ashoka Changemaker Steering Committee.

Dr. Cukier is an active volunteer working with non-profit and industry organizations including the International Women’s Forum and the Diversity Forum at Toronto Region Board of Trade. She is on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), NPower Canada, the Environics Institute, Women’s College Hospital, and several technology-driven start-up companies. She has also received several awards and distinctions for her work: she is a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours; was named one of the University of Toronto’s 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century; was selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, La Presse, and CTV; was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award; and was recently named a Top 25 Women of Influence.

Dr. Cukier holds a PhD in management science (York); an MBA in marketing and information systems University of Toronto); an MA in social and cultural history (University of Toronto); and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Dr. Wendy Cukier as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University leads Ryerson University’s strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school. A leading researcher in her own right, her work focuses on innovation. She has written more than 200 papers on enabling technologies and innovation and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park“. In 1999, she founded the Diversity Institute to advance evidence-based strategies to promote inclusion and she has led several large scale projects including the SSHRC-funded DiversityLeads which involves more than 30 partners and The Black Experience project, with YMCA, Environics Institute and United Way.

An active volunteer, working with non-profit and industry organizations including the International Women’s Forum and the Diversity Forum at Toronto Region Board of Trade, she is on the Board of Directors of the Environics Institute, Women’s College Hospital and several hi-tech start-ups. She is a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. She was also named one of the University of Toronto’s 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century, and in 2010 was selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, La Presse and CTV. Dr. Cukier was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and named a 2013 Top 25 Women of Influence.

Dr. Cukier holds a PhD in management science; an MBA in marketing and information systems and an MA in social and cultural history; and an Honours BA in English and history. She also has been awarded an honorary Docteur d’Universite from Laval University and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University.

Dr. Hossein Rahnama, Director of Research and Innovation, Digital Media Zone, RC4, Ryerson University

Dr. Hossein Rahnama is the Research and Innovation Director of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Hossein leads the DMZ’s research and innovation arm, facilitating and encouraging industry partnerships with DMZ companies and teams while contributing to scientific discovery and dissemination. He is also the CEO Flybits, a spin-off company from Ryerson and MaRS Innovation focusing on context-aware computing. Hossein has been at Ryerson University for more than a decade, starting with his undergraduate degree and staying through to complete his doctoral degree and postdoctoral work. This long association with Ryerson has given him a deep understanding of the university system, including the academic and scientific research process, which has been invaluable to the DMZ’s development.

A man who wears many hats, Hossein is also the Research Director of the Ubiquitous Computing Group at Ryerson, and an Assistant Professor in the University’s Faculty of Communication and Design. He is an advocate for Canadian-European research collaborations in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, having completed collaborations with more than 14 industry partners across Europe, including close relations with companies in Sweden and Norway.

In the DMZ, Hossein conducts research that combines context-aware computing, artificial intelligence, and opportunistic social networking. With special interests in the transit, transport and security industries, Hossein’s Flybits team specializes in mobile software solutions that respond to situational factors and personal information.

Hossein is the recipient of ORION Innovation Award, Isadore Sharp Outstanding Graduate Award, an OCE International Scholarship, Apple Inc. student scholarship, and in 2008, he was a semi-finalist for the business plan competition at Harvard Business School. Hossein has more than 18 publications and patents on Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing. Prior to starting his doctoral studies at Ryerson, Hossein was the VP of Research and Innovation at Appear Networks in Sweden and prior to that a Mobile Applications Architect at Primus Telecommunications in London, England. In August 2012 it was announced that Rahnama was recognized as part of MIT’s Technology Review magazine’s annual list of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35.

Dr. Richard Lachman, Associate Professor, RTA School of Media and Director, Transmedia Zone

Dr. Richard Lachman is Director of the RTA Transmedia Centre and Associate Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. He also serves as a Technology and Creative Consultant for entertainment and software-development projects. A Gemini award-winning producer, Richard has worked on many highly successful Canadian and US interactive and convergent- media projects over the last 15 years.

Richard completed his doctorate at UNE in Australia studying digital documentary recommendation-engines, is a computer-science graduate of MIT, and holds a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab’s “Interactive Cinema” group. He joined a startup acquired by Mattel, finally serving as Lead Designer and Lead Engineer for the Petz software with over 3 million units shipped worldwide and awards from ID Magazine, Communications Arts, and Invision Children’s Entertainment. His later work in transmedia documentary has garnered a Gemini, CNMA and Webby Honouree awards. He currently conducts research in the EdgeLab facility (exploring experiential design and gaming environments) and the RTA Transmedia Centre (exploring the future of content through industry partnerships and cutting-edge research). Areas of interest include transmedia storytelling, digital documentaries, augmented/locative-media experiences, and gaming.

Flybits

Flybits is a young and hyper-innovative software company based in Toronto with smaller offices in London and New York. Flybits develops tools that allow users to create predictive and context-aware computing environments. Flybits empowers it’s users to create and manage unique contextual experiences on mobile and wearable devices. With the advent of Web of Everything and the miniaturization of devices and considering the exponential growth of data, Flybits wants the information to find you when you need it rather than asking you to go searching for it.

The Ubi

The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it’ll help you connect with your world.

Ubi believes people want to do things when they’re at home – they clean, they fold laundry, they cook, they eat, they spend time with loved ones. These are all things that (for the most part) take up use of our arms and hands. When we’re at home, we’d rather use our limbs for other activities than typing, scrolling, or swiping.

Ubi is short for ubiquitous computer because it’s always on, always listening, always ready to help. It can scribe, listen, analyze. Ubi will either talk back to you the information you seek or indicate information through multi-color lights. 

Transnomis Solutions Inc.

Transnomis Solutions Inc. (TSI) is a Toronto, Canada-based software company focusing on system integration and intuitive GIS mapping interfaces. Our flagship product, Transnomis, has proven itself to be a highly effective Advanced Traffic Management System. Our next generation product, Mirasan, takes it one step further by having a completely redesigned, high-performance user interface. Its mapping and search performance makes it highly suitable for control room applications where situational awareness is a top priority.

Although the user interface is the most visible part of Mirasan, we are equally focused on the back-end data and systems integration. Mirasan is used for traffic management, but it is equally suitable for any geographically distributed SCADA system.

Bionik Laboratories

Bionik Laboratories is a Toronto-based medical engineering research and development corporation with a focus on brain controlled prosthetics and rehabilitation devices. Products in development include artificial lungs and assistive walking tools for paraplegics. Its mission is to create innovative and affordable medical technologies. A sample project is their Artificial Muscle-Operated (AMO) Arm that offers a greater range of movement than traditional prostheses, and does not require the amputee to undergo invasive surgery. It is also easy to use and is relatively inexpensive to make. While it took them a year to create the custom software, the prototype itself was assembled in just 72 hours.

HitSend

SoapBox , creators of HitSend, are a small group of committed individuals dedicated to increasing collective happiness by making tools that empower communities to set and achieve goals.

OnTab

OnTab is the easiest way for merchants to accept mobile cloud-based payments. With OnTab, merchants can allow their customers to use a variety of methods, such as bitcoins, PayPal and digital wallets, to make mobile payments. OnTab runs seamlessly on existing credit/debit payment terminals and can be integrated into the existing infrastructure of financial institutions, merchants and payment processors without any additional hardware or software.

Think2Thing

Facilitates 3D printing through collaboration and experiential production.

WhoPlusYou

WhoPlusYou allows candidates to share any combination of academic work, community and work experience, awards, interests, skills, and values with employers. Members build a digital portfolio and get connected with jobs that are relevant to their qualifications and experience through innovative means, including sophisticated computer searching, video presentations, and visual resumes. The number one priority at WhoPlusYou is to help candidates make valuable market connections quickly and easily by matching and connecting them with relevant jobs and employers. If a candidate fits a position, the candidate will be notified by the employer. Once connected, candidate and employers can communicate within the WhoPlusYou system by chat, video and audio conference, and through multi-media presentations. By providing a digital platform for sharing an abundance of information in a quick, structured, and visually pleasing format, WhoPlusYou marks the beginning of the end for the traditional two-page resume.