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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 I. Wiens

Lecturer

Brianna I. 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. Alongside Dr.

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 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

Assistant Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

Gerald Voorhees is an Assistant Professor in the Department Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. His research is on games and new media as sites for the construction and contestation of identity and culture, and he has edited books on masculinities in games, feminism in play, role-playing games, and first-person shooter games.

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. 

Isabel Pedersen

Isabel Pedersen*

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, UOIT

Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Director of the Decimal Lab at UOIT and Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture, studies the societal impact of human-computer interaction.

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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

Jennifer Roberts-Smith is Director of the qCollaborative, the intersectional feminist design research lab housed at the Games Institute. Her research and creative work in performance and digital media focus on history, education, and social justice. At qLab, JRS leads the SSHRC-funded Design for Peace and Theatre for Relationality projects. She is also VR Creative Director and Virtual Reality Cluster Lead with the Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation project.

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Jennifer Whitson

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Legal Studies

Jennifer R. Whitson is an Assistant 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.

Karen Collins

Karen Collins

Associate Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

Karen Collins' research is diverse and interdisciplinary, but has always had a central focus: the interaction of humans and machines, specifically as related to sound.

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 the Principal Investigator of Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (www.dohr.ca): The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children History Education Initiative, a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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.

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.

Shi Cao

Shi Cao

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Dr. Shi Cao studies human factors and ergonomics using both experiment and computational simulation methods.

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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