Alissa Antle



  • BA, Liberal Arts, University of Waterloo
  • BASc (Hons.), Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Interactive cartography (Computational Geography), University of British Columbia


Dr. Antle is an innovator and scholar. Her research in design and human-computer interaction pushes the boundaries of computation to augment the ways we think and learn. As a designer and builder of interactive technologies, her goal is to explore the ways in which these innovations can improve, augment, and support children’s cognitive and emotional development. Her interactive technologies have been deployed to facilitate collaborative learning about aboriginal heritage, sustainability and social justice; improve learning outcomes for dyslexic children; and teach self-regulation to disadvantaged children.

In 2015, Dr. Antle was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. This is the highest honour for a scholar in Canada, acknowledging her as one of Canada’s intellectual leaders. Dr. Antle began her career receiving dual 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 worked in the new media industry as a senior designer and executive producer for companies including CBC Children’s Television and award winning science educator Currently, Dr. Antle is a Professor in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU.

Research Interests

  • Embodied  interaction
  • Child-computer interaction
  • Tangible user interfaces
  • Interactive environments
  • Games for learning
  • Industry-based, human-centered design practice