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OCAD University , formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design, is a public university whose campus is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school is within the Grange Park neighbourhood, and adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario. The school is Canada's largest and oldest educational institution for art and design. OCAD U offers courses through the Faculties of Art, Design, Liberal Arts and science, and alternative programs. The enabling legislation is Ontario College of Art and Design University Act, 2002. Wikipedia.

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News Article | December 5, 2016

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - Thanks to a $1 million gift from Scotiabank, OCAD University will develop a new initiative to foster the leading thinkers, designers and creative professionals needed to drive the national economic engine. The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio will allow the university to create a Design Thinking educational curriculum model and generate research, workshops, executive education and an annual open public forum. "This collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in experiential learning to prepare for careers in this connected world," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. "Design Thinking is about empathizing with, listening to and observing people to identify and solve problems and improve their experiences. We are excited to exchange ideas with Scotiabank and learn from each other." "A few years ago, banking wasn't associated with design, but today it's at the very heart of how Scotiabank looks to solve problems and interact with our customers. Design Thinking is about ensuring that we fundamentally understand the challenges that our customers face and then designing innovative solutions to meet their needs. It's about putting our customers first," said Michael Zerbs, Executive Vice President and Co-Head Information Technology, Enterprise Technology. "The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio at OCAD University will give students the chance to work on real customer products and solutions in digital banking, and ultimately prepare them for future opportunities. Scotiabank's collaboration with OCAD U is one way we are supporting the next generation of talent in the digital age." Scotiabank's commitment is part of the university's Ignite Imagination campaign, which will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better. OCAD University ( is Canada's university of the imagination. The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. About Scotiabank Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $896 billion (as at October 31, 2016), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges ( : BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

Jones P.H.,OCAD University | Shakdher S.,OCAD University | Singh P.,OCAD University
Current Oncology | Year: 2017

Salient findings and interpretations from the canimpact clinical cancer research study are visually represented in two synthesis maps for the purpose of communicating an integrated presentation of the study to clinical cancer researchers and policymakers. Synthesis maps integrate evidence and expertise into a visual narrative for knowledge translation and communication. A clinical system synthesis map represents the current Canadian primary care and cancer practice systems, proposed as a visual knowledge translation from the mixed-methods canimpact study to inform Canadian clinical research, policy, and practice discourses. Two synthesis maps, drawn together from multiple canimpact investigations and sources, were required to articulate critical differences between the clinical system and patient perspectives. The synthesis map of Canada-wide clinical cancer systems illustrates the relationships between primary care and the full cancer continuum. A patient-centred map was developed to represent the cancer (and primary care) journeys as experienced by breast and colorectal cancer patients. © 2017 Multimed Inc.

Logan R.K.,University of Toronto | Logan R.K.,OCAD University
Information (Switzerland) | Year: 2012

We review the historic development of concept of information including the relationship of Shannon information and entropy and the criticism of Shannon information because of its lack of a connection to meaning. We review the work of Kauffman, Logan et al. that shows that Shannon information fails to describe biotic information. We introduce the notion of the relativity of information and show that the concept of information depends on the context of where and how it is being used. We examine the relationship of information to meaning and materiality within information theory, cybernetics and systems biology. We show there exists a link between information and organization in biotic systems and in the various aspects of human culture including language, technology, science, economics and governance. © 2012 by the author; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Bresnahan K.,OCAD University
Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture | Year: 2012

This article considers a number of recent art and architectural projects that seek to promote "natural" effects in interior spaces at the level of physiological response. Rather than introducing natural objects or materials into the interior, or visually representing nature, these works mobilize environmental controls (temperature, lighting, humidity, etc.) toward the production of affective atmospheres. Exploring the relationship between nature and artifice in this work, this article also draws a parallel between contemporary effects-based architecture and the sensationalist architecture of late eighteenth-century France, and proposes that these recent and historical attempts to stage "nature" as effect in the designed interior might open up new avenues for thinking through the place of nature in culture today. © Berg 2012.

Treviranus J.,OCAD University
Behavioral Sciences and the Law | Year: 2014

In this commentary the author poses the question: can the "curb-cut" phenomenon (a phenomenon holding that innovations motivated by a desire to address the challenges faced by persons with disabilities benefit the broader majority) be scaled to help address our society's greatest global challenges? The article describes an international initiative that leverages the World Wide Web to address the economic exclusion of people with disabilities and maps out how this may help to address the broader issues of our current markets, education, employment, and financial systems. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Khattab D.,OCAD University
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2016

Grocery stores include many different zones and services, the aisles area being one of the main barriers to access for people with different disabilities. This area features many different sections such as canned goods, dry packaged goods, spices, drinks and snacks, baking supplies, baby items, cereals, cleaning products, pet supplies, and health and beauty items. For visually impaired individuals, however, it can be hard to reach these various sections and find the relevant products. The objective of this research paper is to present an inclusive and innovative wayfinding system in grocery stores for visually impaired shoppers in order to help them find the center zone, orient between different aisles, decide where to go, move easily between different sections, and select products with ease. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

Vanderheiden G.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Treviranus J.,OCAD University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2011

As we move more to a digital economy and integrate technology every more completely in all aspects of life there is a looming crisis for a growing number of increasingly marginalized individuals. The accessibility technologies we have are meeting the needs of only some, at high cost - and will not work with many new technologies. In addition, the pace and path of technological change predestines these approaches to fail in the very near future. At the same time, the incidence of disabilities is increasing as our population ages. The same technical advances however hold the key for a radical paradigm shift in our approach to accessibility that can harness the pace of innovation and have it work for us rather than against us. Proposed is the development of a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) that can tap the unprecedented ability to pool resources and match demand with supply enabled by the Cloud to deliver accessibility to every individual where they need it, when they need it and in a way that matches their unique requirements; automatically so that they do not need to negotiate, explain, qualify or justify. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

Treviranus J.,OCAD University
W4A 2016 - 13th Web for All Conference | Year: 2016

If our formal education systems were to be graded on achieving the following assignment: "to enable all students to reach their diverse, full potential, so that they can be prosperous, self-guided contributors to our global community," our systems of education would be flunking. The impact of this failure will exponentially worsen over time, given socio-technical trends. To achieve this crucial learning goal we need more than incremental improvement. We need disruptive innovation. Can the Web be the disruptive impetus and generative scaffolding for an education system that can achieve this goal? How can we both reform and leverage Web accessibility approaches to support this mission? These are the questions explored in this article. Complex adaptive systems, emerging decentralized systems of trust, "small" and "thick" data analytics, Internet of things sensing, open platforms, but most importantly -connected communities, are all recruited in the thought experiment to craft a candidate response. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.

Page M.,OCAD University
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2013

Haptic Holography, was perhaps, first proposed by workers at MIT in the 90s. The Media Lab, headed up by Dr. Stephen Benton, with published papers by Wendy Plesiak and Ravi Pappuh. -1 Recent developments in both the technology of digital holography and haptics have made it practical to conduct further investigations. Haptic holography is auto-stereoscopic and provides co-axial viewing for the user. Haptic holography may find application in medical & surgical training and as a new form of synthetic reality for artists and designers. At OCAD's PHASE Lab (Prototypes for Holographic Art and Science Explorations) workers are exploring hybrid forms of augmented reality, that combine haptics, interactivity and auto-stereoscopic imagery. Conventional Haptic environments, while presenting a 3D physics environment, typically provide a 2D visual work/play space. Orienteering in such an environment creates an uncertain spatial relationship for the user. Our group creates 3d models from which we create holographic constructs. The same model is used to create the physics environment. The two models are super-imposed. The result: Holograms you can touch. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.

Vanderheiden G.C.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Treviranus J.,OCAD University | Chourasia A.,University of Wisconsin - Madison
Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013 | Year: 2013

The incidence of disabilities is increasing as our population ages and we find that access to ICT is becoming mandatory for meaningful participation, independence, and self-sustenance. However we are not only nowhere near providing access to everyone who needs it, but we are actually losing ground due to reasons such as technical proliferation across platforms, increasing product churn (breaking existing solutions), decreasing social resources to address it, and an inability to effectively serve the tails of these populations because of the higher cost to do so. This poster describes the Cloud4all and Prosperity4All projects and progress in building the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII), an infrastructure based on cloud, web and platform technologies that can increase dissemination and international localization while lowering the cost to develop, deploy, market, and support a broad range of access solutions. Copyright 2013 ACM.

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