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Dr. Neil Randall

Neil Randall

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature

Executive Director of The Games Institute

In addition to directing The Games Institute, Neil Randall has also earned large grants for The Interactive and Multi-Modal Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) and the Waterloo Game Analysis and Monitoring Environment (WatGAME). He is the Faculty Advisor to the Games Institute's First Person Scholar

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock

Associate Director, The Games Institute; Associate Professor, Management Sciences

Mark Hancock is the Associate Director of the Games Institute. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering, where he directs the Touchlab.

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Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Professor Mehlenbacher is an Ontario Early Researcher Award holder who specializes in science communication, citizen science, and expertise in multidisciplinary teams. 

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Aynur Kadir

Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Department of Communication Arts

Dr. Aynur Kadir’s research focuses on practices and theories of design and the study of interactive multimedia in the humanities, ethnographic practices, and museum curation.

Ben Feng

Ben Feng

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Dr. Ben Feng’s research interests include mathematical modelling of complex real-life systems, computer experiment design and analysis, and Monte Carlo simulations.

Dr. Feng is particularly interested in the intersections of these fields such as experiment designs, statistical analysis of computer simulations, efficient simulation procedures for risk management, etc. While with a methodological emphasis, Dr. Feng is very keen on conducting research that can make an impact in practical applications.

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Associate Professor, Optometry and Vison Science

Ben’s background is in visual neuroscience and his research interests relate to the development and plasticity of human visual brain areas.

Beth Coleman

Beth Coleman

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature

Beth Coleman is co-director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo, and participates in the Rhetoric & Professional Writing major as well as the Master of Arts in Experimental Digital Media.

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Brad Mehlenbacher

Associate Professor, English Language & Literature

Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication in the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Waterloo.

Brianna Wiens

Brianna Wiens

Lecturer

Brianna Wiens is a Lecturer in Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, Co-Convener of the Q Collaborative, and a Doctoral Candidate in the joint program in Communication and Culture at York University with Ryerson University. Her research explores and applies intersectional feminist philosophy and practice as a form of techné to consider potentials of queer and feminist technologies for digital activisms.

Chrysanne Di Marco

Chrysanne Di Marco

Associate Professor, Artificial Intelligence Group (David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science) Cross Appointment, English Language and Literature *Retired*

Chrysanne Di Marco has been a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group since 1990. She is also project leader of the HealthDoc project, which works to develop natural language generation systems for producing multimedia health information tailored to medical conditions and patient characteristics.

Colin Ellard

Colin Ellard

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Colin Ellard is a psychologist researching neuroscience. ​​His interests include how the organization and appearance of natural and built spaces affects movement, wayfinding, emotion, and physiology. He directs the Urban Realities Lab at the University of Waterloo.

Craig Hardiman

Associate Professor, Classical Studies

"My work primarily focuses on the domestic art of the Hellenistic period (323-31 BCE) – the kinds of sculptures, paintings and mosaics people would have had in their homes. I am also interested in how these people understood their art and so have an interest in ancient aesthetic theory. More broadly I work on the art, especially the sculpture, and the culture of the Hellenistic period. I am also very interested in the intersections of ancient art, video games and pedagogy."

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Craig S. Kaplan

Craig S. Kaplan

Associate Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Professor Kaplan studies the application of computer graphics in art, illustration, ornamentation, and design. This research area is rooted in computer graphics, but involves forays into art (to study historical sources) classical and computational geometry (to develop mathematical and computational models of ornament), and computer-aided design and manufacturing.

Ed Lank

Ed Lank

Associate Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science

Ed Lank is an associate professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His research is in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Edith Law

Edith Law

Assistant Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Edith Law is an Assistant Professor at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on interaction techniques and incentive mechanisms for volunteer-based human computation systems, and how these systems can address problems in Science and Public Health. She is also part of the Human Computer Interaction Lab.

Fue-Sang Lien

Fue-Sang Lien

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Professor Fue-Sang Lien has over 20 years of research experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Turbulance Modelling.

Gerald Voorhees

Gerald Voorhees

Associate Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

Gerald Voorhees is an Associate Professor in the Department Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo.

Ian Milligan

Ian Milligan

Associate Professor, Department of History

Ian Milligan is a digital and Canadian historian. He’s currently exploring how historians can fruitfully use web archives and other large digital repositories. 

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Jane Tingley

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts

Jane Tingley is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Department of Fine Arts and the Stratford campus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.  Her research combines traditional studio practice with new media tools, spanning responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and the creation of a gestural game.

Jason Hawreliak

Jason Hawreliak*

Assistant Professor, Game Studies, Brock University

Jason Hawreliak received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Waterloo. His research examines rhetorics of heroism and immortality in videogames. Other research interests include multimodal rhetoric and the psychological function of digital media.

Jen Boger

Jennifer Boger

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Jennifer employs an interdisciplinary, user-centric approach to create internationally renowned technologies that provide multifaceted support of aging, including aspects such as citizenship, leisure, and personhood.

Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Associate Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith's transdisciplinary, design-based work in performance and digital media focuses on history, education, and social justice. She is currently a co-director of the qCollaborative (the critical feminist design research lab housed in Games Institute) and leads the SSHRC-funded Theatre for Relationality and Design for Peace projects. She is also creative director and virtual reality cluster lead for the Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR) project. Her recent publications have focused on methods for design research that deepen interdisciplinary understanding and take a relational approach to design.

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Jennifer Whitson

Associate Professor, Sociology and Legal Studies

Jennifer R. Whitson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies and at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, both at the University of Waterloo. She is involved with University of Waterloo’s Games Institute and the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, and was an associate editor of Surveillance and Society. She has published in edited collections such as The Gameful World, published by MIT Press, as well as the journals First MondayEconomy & Society, FibreCulture, Games & Culture and New Media and Society. 

You can find more of her work at IndieInterfaces.com and jenniferwhitson.com.

Jesse Hoey

Jesse Hoey

Associate Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Dr. Jesse Hoey is an associate professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.   He is also an adjunct scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Toronto, Canada, where he is co-leader of the AI and Robotics Research Team.  Dr. Hoey received the B.Sc. degree (1992) in physics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, the M.Sc. degree (1995) in physics and the Ph.D degree (2004) in computer science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  From 2004-2010, he was an assistant professor  in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, Scotland.    In 2014-2015 he was a visiting professor at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en automatique (INRIA) in Sophia-Antipolis, France.

Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Health Systems

Jim Wallace is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at University of Waterloo. His research focuses on interaction techniques for computing systems that involve multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and large interactive wall displays, and how these systems can address problems in Public Health.

Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Dr. Ehgoetz Martens is an Assistant Professor for the Kinesiology Department, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on using virtual reality to dissect how cognition and emotion contribute to movement in health and disease.

Ken Hirschkop

Ken Hirschkop

Professor, English Language and Literature

Ken Hirschkop is currently a part of the Games and Narrative Reading Group at the Games Institute. With Dr. Hirschkop's guidance, graduate students who join the reading group explore how the fields of Narrative Theory and Game Studies intersect and inform one another.

Kevin Harrigan

Kevin Harrigan

Associate Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

Kevin Harrigan is a member of the University of Waterloo's Canadian Centre for Arts and Technology (CCAT). He teaches courses in multimedia and computer-game design in the Digital Arts Communication (DAC) program, and has been a technical expert witness in legal cases regarding Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs).

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Kristina Llewellyn

Associate Professor, Social Development Studies

Kristina R. Llewellyn is an Associate Professor of Social Development Studies and affiliated faculty with the Department of History. Her primary research area is oral history and education, which extends to the role of games and virtual reality in teaching and learning history.

Lai-Tze Fan

Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature

Lai-Tze Fan is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Digital Media at the University of Waterloo, working in the Department of English and the Critical Media Lab. Fan serves as Associate Editor and the Director of Communications of electronic book review, as well as Co-Editor of The Digital Review and Steering Committee Member of MediArXiv: The Open Archive for Media, Film, & Communication Studies. Her research on digital storytelling, media materiality and infrastructure, and the critical digital humanities has been published in Mosaic, Convergence, Digital Studies, Media Theory, and elsewhere. Fan is co-editor of the collection Post-Digital: Critical Debates in electronic book review (Bloomsbury Academic 2020).

Leah Zhang-Kennedy

Lecturer, User Experience Research and Design

Leah teaches User Experience Design and Innovation at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background, bridging design and research from computer science, human-computer interaction, and graphic design. She has four years of industry experience working as a designer.

Lennart Nacke

Lennart Nacke

Associate Director Graduate Studies, Stratford | Associate Professor, Stratford / Drama and Speech Communication / The Games Institute

Dr. Lennart Nacke is an Associate Professor, the Associate Director Graduate Studies for Stratford campus, and the Director of the HCI Games Group at the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute. Professor Nacke teaches User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Design at the University of Waterloo.

Michael Barnett Cowan

Michael Barnett-Cowan

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan is an Associate Professor for the Kinesiology Department, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, at the University of Waterloo.

Morgan McGuire

Adjunct Professor

Morgan's work is on creating computer algorithms, systems, and hardware that enable new experiences through perceptually-driven rendering, high throughput, and cloud computing.

Morgan is the research Director of New Experiences at NVIDIA and an adjunct professor in the University of Waterloo Cheriton School of Computer Science.

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Ning Jiang

Ning Jiang

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

In the research community, there has been a new direction of research on dexterous myoelectric control mimicking the neuromuscular system by extracting nature control information from surface EMG with advanced algorithm, and Ning Jiang is one of the world leading experts in this exciting direction.

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Oliver Schneider

Assistant Professor, Department of Management Sciences

Dr. Oliver Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Department of Management Sciences. His research interests include human-computer interaction, haptics, and creativity-support systems.

Oliver is the recipient of the Post-doctoral Fellowship, Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship and Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's. He typically attends/publishes at CHI, UIST, and haptics conferences such as Haptics Symposium, World Haptics and EuroHaptics.

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Randy Harris

Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Randy Allen Harris is a rhetorician with the University of Waterloo’s Department of English Language and Literature. His interests include Computational Rhetoric, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Stylistics. His books include The Linguistic WarsRhetoric and Incommensurability, and Voice Interaction Design. He is the director of RhetFig, a rhetorical-figure research group that developed GoFigure, a citizen-science game for harvesting rhetorical figures from any and all genres, registers, and discourses.  

Shi Cao

Shi Cao

Associate Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Shi Cao is pronounced like SHER TSAO. Dr. Cao’s major research area is human factors engineering. His research projects include human performance and workload modeling, human-machine system reliability, and the applications of virtual and augmented reality.

Stacey Scott

Stacey Scott

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering Cross Appointment, English Language and Literature

Stacey’s research and teaching interests are human-computer interaction and computer-supported collaboration.

Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Susan is a medical geographer with specific interests in global environmental health. She is an Adjunct Professor with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, a partner in much of the global water and sanitation research that she does. She is also a research lead for the AllerGen national centr

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Umair Shah

Teaching Assistant, Lecturer, Management Sciences

Muhammad Umair Shah is a faculty member in the Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He pursues research in human-computer interaction, application of stakeholder theory in technology realm, and ethics of UX design.

He investigates the impacts of various emotional and sensory factors on usage patterns of multiplayer online battle arena games. He is also interested in learning about the intentions that alter usage behaviour and advertising value of mobile video games.

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