SFU President's Faculty Lecture Series
President's Faculty Lecturer: Dr. Alissa Antle
Dr. Alissa Antle is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on embodied human–computer interaction and child-computer interaction and proceeds through the design and evaluation of tangible and multi-touch surfaces, and interactive environments. 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. Before returning to academe, Dr. Antle spent eight years in the new media industry. She was the executive producer and creative director for CBC4Kids.ca, consulted on the first North American integrated web-TV show CBC Spy Kids, and was the senior designer and development lead for the start-up Brainium Technologies. Dr. Antle’s work has garnered attention from the Canadian New Media Awards, New Media Invision Awards (GOLD), SIIA Codie Awards, Webby Awards, Parent’s Choice Foundation, Flash Forward, Netscape Cool Sitings, Family Corner.com and Educating.net.
Designing a Brain-Tablet App to Help Children Living in Poverty
How can we provide education for some of the world’s poorest children? Even with access to education many children are unable to focus on learning due to the multiple traumas they have suffered: poverty, parental mental illness and addictions, homelessness and civil war. Dr. Antle will talk about her recent trip to Nepal where she found a need for a brain-computer interface in the most unlikeliest of places – an NGO-funded school that works with vulnerable children. You’ll hear how new interactive technologies have enabled Dr. Antle to design a brain-tablet app that may help these children succeed at school by providing a modern take on the ancient practice of meditation.
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