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Current Research


Mind-Full: Neurofeedback Tablet Games for Self Regulation

Funded by SSHRC, GRAND NCE and MSR

This project is in conjunction with Nepal House Society, an NGO that works with children living in poverty in Pokara, Nepal. The main research outcome is to develop tablet based neurofeedback games that help children living in poverty learn to improve their ability to regulate affect, focus and pay attention. Once a successful solution has been developed, the game content could be modified and used to help individuals with different levels of trauma such as child soldiers, children with chronic pain or children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).



Phono Blocks: A Multi-Sensory, Tangible Reading System for Children with Dyslexia

Funded by GRAND NCE and McDonnell Foundation

New technologies, such as tangibles and touch tablets with haptic feedback, may provide solutions for helping dyslexic children learn to read. Tangible letters that can be encoded with graphical or haptic information may enable dyslexic children to better decode them. For example, color coding, used by syntheses, may enable reliable 2D decoding. Haptic feedback can be used to encode letters with signature movements. In this project we are exploring these strategies and others. The main research outcome is to determine if any of these strategies improve reading outcomes for dyslexic children.


Youtopia: Collaborative Tangible Learning


Youtopia is a hybrid tangible and multi-touch land use planning activity for elementary school aged children implemented on a Pixelsense Surface tabletop. Youtopia was developed to investigate issues surrounding how to design and evaluate children’s collaborative learning applications using digital tabletops. In particular we are looking at how the interface design supports in depth discussion and negotiation between pairs of children around issues in sustainable development. Youtopia was also developed around a model of behavior change called "Emergent Dialogue" that may enable children to discuss how they own values, attitudes and behaviors impact sustainable living.


Developmentally Situated Design (DSD)

Funded by SSHRC Int. Opp. Fund and GRAND NCE

Winner of the DEVICE (Design for Vulnerable Generations) Best Practice Award

There is a wealth of theoretical knowledge about the developmental abilities and skills of children. However, this knowledge is not readily accessible to designers of interactive products. In this project, we are developing and evaluating developmentally situated design (DSD) cards. DSD cards are a design tool that makes age specific information about children’s developing cognitive, physical, social, and emotional abilities readily accessible for designers.


Exploring Metaphor in Embodied Interaction

Funded by NSERC

What does it mean for interaction with computers to be intuitive? Intuitive thinking is fast, unconscious and automatic. Rational thinking is slow, deliberate and conscious. Some intuitive thinking may be grounded in bodily experiences, as explained by conceptual metaphor theory. This research explores how the structures between image schemata and metaphorically related concepts can be used to design interaction with new systems that are intuitive to use and may bootstrap abstract thinking through movement...


EventTable: How We Think with Our Hands


Humans are masters of making difficult cognitive tasks easier by using their hands to structure the environment – think of how you might leave objects you need to take with you by the door or make a pile of edges pieces in a jigsaw puzzle...


Futura: The Sustainable Futures Game

Funded by GRAND NCE, PICS and SSHRC 4A

What key factors in the design of a collaborative, multi-touch tabletop games create opportunities for learning, reflection and discussion? We use four theoretical perspectives as lenses through which we conceptualize our design intentions and inform our analysis. These perspectives are: experiential learning, constructivist learning, collaborative learning, and game theory.


Previous Projects

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Research Interests

  • Embodied interaction, embodied cognition, embodiment
  • Child-computer interaction, interaction design for children
  • Natural user interfaces, tangible user interfaces, digital tabletops, interactive surfaces & environments
  • Design and evaluation methods for tangible, embodied and embedded interaction
  • Domain Areas: Sustainability, spatial problem solving, creativity, embodied math & storytelling
  • Industry-based, human-centered design practice
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