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 earned Bachelor degrees in Liberal Arts and Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Antle has been research faculty at SFU since 2005, serving as Chair of Research Labs and Infrastructure, and the Undergraduate Curriculum. Before joining SFU, Dr. Antle spent eight years in the new media industry working as a senior designer, executive producer and consultant. Dr. Antle’s interactive media work has garnered attention from the Canadian New Media Awards, New Media Invision Awards (GOLD), SIIA Codie Awards, Webby Awards, and Parent’s Choice Foundation.

Dr. Antle has build dozens of interactive systems and published over 75 peer reviewed papers in the areas of embodied and tangible interaction, and child-computer interaction, including an ACM Computing Notable Paper Award (2012) for her ground breaking work on embodied metaphor theory. As an assistant professor, she was nominated for an SFU teaching award, and received over half a million dollars of individual funding from agencies in science, engineering, social science and design. Dr Antle is a principal network investigator and project leader for KIDZ in the Graphics Animation and New Media Network Centre of Excellence. She has written a full length novel, which was nominated for a BC Emerging Writer’s Award, and recently completed the Gran Fondo cycling event (Vancouver-Whistler).

Research Interests

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


Future courses may be subject to change.