The School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), located at SFU's Surrey Campus, is an interdisciplinary research focused school where technologists, artists, designers and theorists collaborate in innovative research and immersive study.
A degree in Interactive Arts and Technology prepares students to play a leading role in the conception of new media and the design of inventive technologies. A SIAT education combines the science of human experience, the analysis of media and culture, the creation of original and experimental works of art, and the implementation of new technologies. Students bring these resources to bear on the most vital and innovative sectors of the economy, building the technologies and experiences that increasingly shape our lives.
SFU’s ground-breaking, interdisciplinary Semester in Alternate Realities brought together 18 students from across the university to create virtual reality experiences that address real-world problems such as climate change, mental health, data privacy, and the global refugee crisis.
Weina Jin is a 3rd-year PhD student in SIAT. Her thesis has a focus on developing explainable AI (artificial intelligence) to support doctors' decision-making processes. As a research assistant in supervisor Dr. Diane Gromala’s Pain Studies Lab, she designs virtual reality technologiesfor chronic pain patients.
The Tangible Embodied Child-Computer Interaction Lab, directed by Professor Alissa Antle, conducts applied research addressing the modern needs of kids. Capitalising on the mind-body unity, the Lab design of tangible interfaces that aim to make a difference in children’s lives.