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Dr. Antle is a tenured Professor in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University, Canada. In 2015, Dr Antle was one of 80 Canadians inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists acknowledging her multidisciplinary contribution as one of Canada’s emerging intellectual leaders. She began her career receiving Bachelor degrees in Systems Design Engineering and Liberal Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. After her graduate studies, Dr. Antle spent eight years in the new media industry working as a senior designer and executive producer for children’s new media and television companies. Her academic research focuses on embodied and child human–computer interaction and proceeds through the design and evaluation of tangible and tabletop computing and interactive environments. She led the GRAND Network Centre of Excellence national research group on HCI for children, won a European DEVICE award for best design tool for vulnerable populations, and received an ACM Computing Reviews notable paper for her work on metaphor theory. In her spare time, Alissa hangs out on a remote island with her sons and Labrador Retrievers, enjoying a world without email, cell phones or traffic jams.

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, dyslexia, mindfulness, self-regulation (anxiety and attention)
  • Industry-based, human-centered design practice


  • Ph.D., Thesis: The Design and Evaluation of Interactive Visualization Tools for Spatial Data and Metadata, University of British Columbia, 2000
  • B.A.Sc. (Hons), Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1990
  • B.A. Liberal Arts, University of Waterloo, 1990


  • Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists 2015 cohort
  • International Society of Learning Sciences, CSCL 2015 Best Design paper nomination (Youtopia tabletop system)
  • Canadian Historical Association Public History Prize 2015 for c̓əsnaʔəm exhibition including Belongings tabletop system [Media Announcement]
  • Governor General's History Award 2015 for c̓əsnaʔəm exhibition including Belongings tabletop system [Media Announcement]
  • EU-funded DEVICE Award 2013 (DSD II Design Cards)
  • ACM Computing Reviews Notable Paper 2012 (MoSo Tangibles and Metaphor Theory)
  • ACE (Advances in Computer entertainment Conference) 2012 Diamond Research Award
  • SFU Excellence in Teaching Award nomination 2010
  • New Media Invision Award (GOLD) (Brainium.com)
  • Producer of the Year, nomination, Canada New Media Awards (CBC4Kids.ca)
  • B.C. Federation of Writers Emerging Writers Award
  • Parentís Choice Foundation Award (Brainium.com, CBC4Kids.ca)
  • Flash Forward Award (CBC Home Delivery)
  • Software & Information Industry Association Codie Award (CBC Home Delivery)
  • Macromedia Site of the Day (Brainium.com, CBC4Kids.ca)
  • Family Corner.com Fun Site (Brainium.com)
  • Netscape Cool Sitings (Brainium.com)
  • Educating.net Cool Site (Brainium.com)

Recent Media

Industry Biography

  • 2010 - 2012 Consultant Tidal Interactive
  • 2003 – 2005 New media consultant, Antle Consulting
  • 2000 – 2003 Advanced media consultant, CBC Radio 3
  • 2002 – 2003 Co-founder & President, GoBe Media
  • 2000 – 2002 Executive & Creative Director, CBC4Kids.ca Redevelopment, CBC Television
  • 1996 – 2001 Executive Producer & Senior Interaction Designer, Brainium Technologies



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