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Deborah Fels, M.H.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Address: Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7619 E-Mail: email@example.com Ryerson University 350 Victoria St. Toronto, Ont. Canada M5B 2K3
1990 – 1994
University of Toronto. Awarded a Ph.D. in Human Factors, Department of Industrial Engineering. Area of specialization Human Factors and Accessibility to Computer Systems for People with Disabilities. Thesis title: Evaluation of an Output Device Independent Vocabulary for Computer Feedback, completed July 7, 1994. Thesis supervisor: Dr. Mark Chignell
1985 – 1987
University of Toronto. Awarded an M.H.Sc degree in Clinical Engineering. Thesis: Device Independent Access to Computer-Based Systems for the Disabled. Thesis supervisor: Dr. S. Naumann.
1980 – 1984
University of Guelph. Awarded a B.Sc. in Biological Engineering.
The Montreal General Hospital. Supervisor: Mr. R. Ross. Project Involvement: 1) designed and constructed a datalogger for heat flux measurements during experimentally induced hypothermia; 2) designed and built a lock mechanism for wheelchairs; 3) provided support for 171 hospital personal computers including a report on computer management services for PC's; 4) prepared a report on monitoring a patient's inspiratory and expiratory gases during anesthetic; 5) produced a report on laser safety and laser purchases.
1986 – 1987
Hugh MacMillan Medical Centre. Supervisor: Dr. S. Naumann. Project Involvement: thesis project.
The Wellesley Hospital, Supervisor: Mr. W. Woodley Project Involvement: 1) laser safety; 2) installation of a control system for an ultraviolet light booth; 3) initial study of repair and maintenance requirements for clinical laboratory equipment; 4) initial study for acquiring a LAN; and 5) produced a report on technology management.
Sept. 1995 – present
Full Professor, Tenured (tenure received April 1999, full professor status received March 2009, appointed to School of Graduate Studies, 1999) School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont. Responsibilities: Prepare and give lecture series for ITM/AIM courses. Prepare and grade assignments and exams. Current assignment: ITM445 Multimedia in Business; ITM530 Interaction for multimedia; and ITM720 Advanced multimedia projects. Carry out research activities. Participate on graduate student committees, and in supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. In July 1996 became Director of the Centre for Learning Technologies (CLT). Appointed interim director of the MBA/MTI and MMSc program – Jan 2011-July 2011.
Nov. 1994 – 1995
Part-time Researcher Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre, Toronto, Ont. Responsibilities: Analyze Northern Telecom's Visit Teleconferencing/multi-media System for access by people with disabilities. Prepare a complete task analysis of the system. Generate visual keyboard access to the system using WiViK (a Windows visual keyboard developed at Hugh MacMillan for access to Windows for people with disabilities). Generate and prepare grant proposals for future work related to this initial project and to support other initiatives undertaken by Hugh MacMillan.
Sept. 1993 – 1995
Part-time Assistant Professor, Contract Position (3 yrs) University of Guelph, Department of Computing and Information Science, Guelph, Ont. Responsibilities: Organize, prepare and give lecture series for computing science courses as requested. Assignments: 27-202 Computer Organization. Other assignments: 27-430 Human-Computer Interaction. Supervise teaching assistants and marking assistants assigned to these courses. Participate on graduate student committees, and in supervision of graduate students.
Jan – Apr. 1992
Lecturer University of Toronto. Department of Industrial Engineering. Toronto, Ont. Responsibilities: Organize, prepare and give lecture series for IND309S Design Methodologies in Industrial Engineering; supervise one teaching assistant for the course.
1990 – 1992
Teaching Assistant. University of Toronto. Department of Industrial Engineering. Toronto, Ontario. Responsibilities: Grade assignments; organize, prepare, supervise and grade laboratory exercises. Courses: IND309S Design Methodologies, IND205F Human Factors in Work Place Design
1987 – 1990
Director, Biomedical Engineering. Centenary Hospital. Scarborough, Ontario. Responsibilities: Develop and maintain an in-house hospital Biomedical Engineering Department (6 staff) for a 640 bed hospital; including in-service education for nursing and technical staff, quality assurance, hospital policies on medical equipment management and equipment safety. Reporting to the Vice President, Hospital Services, Ms. K. Woodcock, P.Eng.
May – Sept. 1985
University Research. Department of Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. Responsibilities: Software development for computer aided teaching in Thermodynamics.
May – Sept. 1984
University Research. Department of Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. Responsibilities: Research assistant in meat processing: wiener production and composition analysis.
May – Sept. 1983
University Research. Department of Chemical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Responsibilities: Project supervisor for hydrocarbon recycling from pulp mill wastes.
1982 – 1984
Community Service. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. Responsibilities: Aid in teaching weekly scuba classes.
May – Sept. 1982
University Research Department of Chemical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Responsibilities: Research assistant in energy recovery by combustion of waste wood products.
University Research. Department of Chemical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Responsibilities: Research assistant in recycling dialysate solution for dialysis machines by electrolysis. Sabbatical Experience
2002 – 2003
Visiting Fellow: Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Research focus: investigation of use of synchronous an asynchronous ICT to connect children and young people in hospital with their school of origin, assist in developing framework for performance measurement for children with disabilities in school.
External Committee Participation
2011 – present
Chair, Young Researcher Consortium, ICCHP 2012.
2010 – 2011
Co-chair, Local arrangements committee for Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging & Technology. Toronto. June 2011
2010 – present
Member, Canadian tri-council panel on research ethics.
2006 – 2008
Member, Grant Selection Committee 20 – Industrial Engineering, NSERC.
2004 – 2009
Treasurer. School Advisory Council, Alternative Primary School. Toronto.
2000 – 2002
Member of Parent Board. George Brown Child Care Centre, Toronto.
Member of Expert Advisory Panel for Federal Human Resources Development Canada, Office of Learning Technologies
1999 – 2001
Member, Programme Committee for GI2000 and GI2001. Graphics Interface 2000. Montreal.
1998 – 2001
Member, Scientific Committee for CybErg 1999. The Second International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics. Australia
1996 – 1997
Chair, TORCHI, Local Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, Toronto.
1995 – 1996
Member of Parent Board. George Brown Child Care Centre, Toronto.
1991 – present
Member of Technical Committee. On Laser Safety in Health Care Facilities for CSA Standard Z386.
1991 – 1993
Member of the Advisory Board. School of Engineering, University of Guelph.
1991 – 1992
President and One of the Founding Members. University of Toronto, Human Factos Student Chapter.
1990 – 1991
Member of Subcommittee. On Laser Safety in Health Care Facilities for CSA Standard Z386.
1989 – 1990
Member of Subcommittee. On Medical Electrical Equipment for CSA Standard C22.2 no 601.1-m.
1988 – 1989
Member of Subcommittee. On Electrical Safety in Patient Care Areas for CSA Z32.2-M89.
1986 – 1987
Graduate Student Representative. On the Engineering Faculty Council and Scholarship Committee, University of Toronto.
1983 – 1984
Secretary/treasurer. BioEngineering Club, University of Guelph.
Other professional activities
2006 – present
Create Human Factors and Ergonomics qualifying exam for the Professional Association of Ontario
2004 – present
Grant reviewer, Communications and Information Technology Ontario, NSERC, SSHRC
Engineer in Residence, Alternative Primary School.
Manuscript reviewer, International HCI conference.
Technical Committee, International iTV conference.
Discovery Grant reviewer, NSERC
1999 – 2000
Grant reviewer, Ontario Worker’s Compensation Board, NSERC, SSHRC.
2000 – present
Manuscript reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Medical Systems Special Interest Group, technical program committee member for GI 2000 and GI 2001, AIS E-Health, ICCHP, ACM CHI, Human-computer interaction journal.
Certification and Professional Associations
Registered Professional Engineer. Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. Certification received May 1990. Registered Member. Human Factors Association of Canada, Human Factors Society, Association of Computing Machinery (SIGCHI).
Scholarships and Awards
Winner of Ryerson SRC Award. Ryerson University
Winner of Ryerson’s Sarwan Sahota Reserach Award. Ryerson University.
Winner of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Caldwell Partners.
Winner of Technology in Government 1999 Distinction Award; Gold Medal in the category of Serving Canadians Better Through IM/IT Innovations – Innovative Service Delivery in the Provinces.
Nominated for Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Award by Ontario Ministry of Education and Training.
Finalist for Global Bangemann Challenge Award in IT in All Forms of Education Category see http://www.challenge.stockholm.se/
Nominated for Toronto Sun’s Women of Year Award; received honourable mention.
1991 – 1993
Easter Seal Research Institute Doctoral Training Grant
1990 – 1991
University of Toronto, Open Fellowship
1985 – 1987
Ministry of Health Stipend
Volunteer, Dundee user centre - a space where older people and technology meet. University of Dundee.
Treasurer of parent council, North Preparatory/Alternative Primary School,. Toronto.
Certified ski instructor for instructing children with disabilities , Track 3 Ski Association.
Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (PC support).
Volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel.
Big Brothers Project Group.
Deborah Fels, PhD., P.Eng.
Refereed Journals (students authors indicated in bold) Total lifetime: 35, * = citation index
- Naraine, M., Fels, D.I. (in press). The importance of “Strategic chat time” for person who are blind or low vision: A proposal for future research. British Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
- Whitfield, M., Fels, D.I. (in press). Inclusive design, audio description, and diversity of theatre experiences. The Design Journal. *
- Branje, CJ., Nespoli, G., Russo, F., Fels, D.I. (in press). The horror of vibrotactile stimulation. ACM Computers and Entertainment.
- Russo, F.A, Ammirane, P. & Fels, D.I. (2012). Vibrotactile discrimination of musical therapy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 38(4) 822-826.
- Smith, D. & Fels, D.I. (2012). The disintegrated erotics of second life. The International Journal of the Image. 2(3).
- Branje, C.J. & Fels, D. (2012). Can amateurs create quality audio description. J. Visual Impairment and Blindness. 106(3). 154-165. *
- Fels, D.I., & Astell, A. (2011). Let me tell you a story: A model of conversation for people with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias. 27(7). 535-541.*
- Udo, J.P., Copeland, L., Fels, D.I. (2011). Producing audio described theatre: Views from a director and blind describer. International Journal of Translation Studies. 23(2). 59-79.*
- Fels, D.I. & Gedeon, S.A. (2011). Understanding motivations of entrepreneurs in the assistive technology market. Disability and technology. 23(2). 53-64.*
- Vy, Q., and Fels, D. (2011) Enhanced Captioning Speaker Identification: Text vs. Images. Telecommunications Journal of Australia. Awarded Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Prize - 2nd place. 61(2). 29.1-29.13. http://tja.org.au.
- Karam, M., Branje, C. Udo, JP, Russo, F., Fels, D.I. (2010). Comparing computer vs human data collection methods for public usability evaluations of a tactile audio display. Journal of Usability Studies. 5(4). 132-146. *
- Udo, J.P. & Fels, D.I. (2010). Blind and low-vision theatre-goers evaluate an audio described performance of Hamlet. British Journal of Visual Impairment. 28(2). 139-156.
- Udo, J.P. & Fels, D.I. (2010). Universal design on stage: Live audio description for theatrical performances. Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. 18 (3). 189-203. *
- Udo, JP, Fels, D.I. (2010). Refashioning fashion: an exploratory study of a live audio-described fashion show. Universal Access and the Information Society. 9(1). 63-75.*
- Udo, JP., Fels, D.I., (2010). Enhancing the entertainment experience of blind and low-vision theatre-goers through touch tours. Disability and Society. 25(2). 231-240. *
- Udo, JP., Fels, D.I. (2010). The rogue poster-children of universal design: Closed captioning and audio description. Journal of Engineering Design. 21(2). 207-221. *
- Udo, J.P., Fels, D.I. (2009). The development of a new theatrical tradition: Sighted students audio describe school play for a blind and low-vision audience. International Journal of Education and the Arts. 10(20). *
- Karam, M., Russo, F.A., & Fels, D.I. (2009). Designing the Model Human Cochlea: An Ambient Crossmodal Audio-Tactile Display. IEEE Transactions on Haptics. 2(3). 160-169.
- Udo, JP, Fels, D.I. (2009). Suit the action to the word, the word to the action”: An unconventional approach to describing Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 103(3). 178-184. *
- Rashid, R., Vy, Q., Hunt, R., Fels, D.I. (2008). Dancing with words. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 24(5). 505 - 519. *
- Konstantinidis, B., Price, E., Fels, D.I. (2008). Described video information and animation: a case study of Odd Job Jack. International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing. 1(1). 108 – 122.
- Lee, D.G., Udo, JP., Fels, D.I. (2007). Enhanced captions. ACM Computers and Entertainment. 5(2).
- Fels, D. I., Richards, J. Hardman, J. Lee, D.G., (2006). Sign Language Web Pages. American Annals of the Deaf. 151(4). 423-433.*
- Fels, D.I., Udo, JP, Diamond, J.E. & Diamond J.I. (2006). A first person narrative approach to video description for animated comedy. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 100(5). 295-305.*
- Fels, D.I., Udo, JP., Ting, P.,,Diamond, J. & Diamond J. (2006). Odd Job Jack Described – A first person narrative approach to described video. Journal of Universal Access in the Information Society. 5(1). 73-81.*
- Roberts, V.& Fels, D.I. (2006). Methods for inclusion: Employing think aloud protocols in software usability studies with individuals who are deaf. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 64(6). 489-501.*
- Fels, D.I., Konstantinidis, B., Hardman, J., Carey, C., Porch, W. (2004). Providing inclusive video-mediated communication. Annual Review of Communications, v57. pp. 593-601.
- Fels, D.I. (2003). PEBBLES. Impact of Teleconferencing on Learning: Two case studies. Key ICSEI 2003 Papers.
- Fels, D., & Weiss, T. (2001). Video-mediated communication in the classroom to support sick children: A case study. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 28. 251-263. *
- Weiss T., Whiteley C., Treviranus, J., and Fels, D.I. (2001). PEBBLES: A Personal Technology for Meeting Educational, Social and Emotional Needs of Hospitalized. Children. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 5. 157-168.*
- Fels, D., & Weiss, T. (2000). Toward determining an attention getting device for improving interaction during video-mediated communication. Computers in Human Behaviour. 16(2). 99-122.*
- Fels, D.I., Williams, L., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1999). Developing a video-mediated communication system for hospitalized children. Telemedicine Journal. 5(2). 193-207.
- Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1998). Control of a remote communication system by children. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 22. pp. 275-283.*
- Fels, D.I., Chignell, M.H., Shein, G.F., & Milner, M. (1996). Steps toward output device-independent feedback. Ergonomics, 39(8), pp. 1054-1068.*
- Fels, D., Chignell, M., Milner, M., Shein, F., & Treviranus, J. (1991). A taxonomy of device-independent information to provide multi-modal computer feedback. Rehabilitation R&D
Progress Reports, 29, pp. 176.
Refereed Conference Proceedings (students indicated in bold) Total last six years: 35
- Pouris, M. & Fels, D. I. (2012). Creating an entertaining and informative music visualization. ICCHP 2012. Linz. 451-458.
- Baijal, A., Kim. J., Branje, C., Russo, F.A., Fels, D.I. (2012). Composing vibrotactile music: A multi-sensory experience with the Emoti-Chair. IEEE Haptics. Vancouver. 509-515.
- Bajko, R., & Fels, D.I. (2011). Mobile telephone Usage and Perception During Group Meetings. CONISAR. 4(1837), Winner, Meritorious PhD paper award.
- Hibbard, E., Fels, D.I. (2011). The vlogging phenomena: A Deaf perspective. ASSETS 2011. Dundee. Pp. 59-66.
- Webster, G. Fels, D.I., Gowans, G., Hanson,V.L. (2011). Portraits of individuals with dementia: videos of care managers. British HCI. Bath. 331-340
- Naraine, M., & Fels, D.I. (2011). When audio description came to town. A longitudinal study. FICCDAT. Toronto. Retrieve from http://web.resna.org/conference/proceedings/2011/RESNA_ICTA/fels-69509.doc.
- Fels, D.I. & Astell, A. (2011). Let me tell you a story: A model of conversation for people with dementia. CHI workshop: CHI Bridging practices, theories and technologies to support reminiscence. Vancouver.
- Fels, D., Gerdzhev, M., Ho, J., Hibbard, E. (2010) .Usability and use of SLS:Caption. ASSETS2010. Orlando. Pp. 291-292.
- Vy, Q. V., & Fels, D.I. (2010). Enhanced captioning: Using avatars for speaker identification. ICCHP 2010. Vienna. Pp. 247-254
- Webster, G., Alm, N., Fels, D.I., & Gowans, G. (2010). Portrait: Portraying individuality. ICCHP 2010. Vienna. Pp. 576-583.
- Karam, M., Branje, C., Nespoli, G. Thompson, N., Russo, F.A., Fels, D.I. (2010) The Emoti-Chair – An interactive tactile exhibit. CHI2010. Atlanta. Pp. 3069-3074.
- Karam, M., Branje, C., Russo, F., Fels, D.I. (2010). Vibrotactile display of music on the human back. ACHI2010. Barcelona. Pp. 154-159.
- Mori, J. Fels, D.I. (2009). See the music: Can animated lyrics provide access to the emotions in music for people who are deaf or hard of hearing? IEEE Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics. Toronto. Pp. 951-956.
- Fourney, D., Fels, D.I. (2009). Creating access to music through visualization. IEEE Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics. Toronto. Pp. 939-944.
- Branje, C., Maksimowski, M., Nespoli, G., Karam, M., Fels, D. I. & Russo, F. (2009). Development and validation of a sensory-substitution technology for music. 2009 Conference of the Canadian Acoustical Association. Oct 14-16. Niagara on the Lake.
- Russo, F.A., Maksimowski, M., Karam, M. and D. I. Fels. D.I. 2009. Vibrotactile discrimination of musical timbre. Paper presentation at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Indianapolis.
- Branje, C.J., Karam, M., Russo, F., Fels, D.I. (2009). Enhancing entertainment through a multimodal chair interface. IEEE Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics. Toronto. Pp. 636-641.
- Chignell, M.H., Hosono, N., Fels, D., Lottridge, D.M., and Waterworth, J.A. (2009). Mobility, Emotion, and Universality in Future Collaboration. In Gross, T., Gulliksen, J., Kotze, P., Oestreicher, L., Palanque, P.A., Oliveira Prates, R., and Winckler, M. (Eds.): Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2009, 12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5727, pp. 924-925.
- Vy, Q., Fels, D.I. (2009). Who's Saying What? Using Avatars for Speaker Identification. Interact 2009. Uppsala. pp. 916 – 919.
- Fels, D.I., Gerdzhev, M., Hibbard, E., Goodrum, A., Richards, J. (2009). Sign language online with Signlink Studio 2.0. HCI International. San Diego.
- Karam, M.; Nespoli, G.; Russo, F., Fels, D. (2009). Modelling Perceptual Elements of Music in a Vibrotactile Display for Deaf Users: A Field Study. Second International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI 2009). Cancun, Mexico.
- Fourney, D., Fels, D.I. (2008). Thanks for pointing that out: Making sarcasm accessible for all. HFES 2008. New York.
- Vy, Q. V., Mori, J., Fourney, D., Fels, D.I. (2008). EnACT: A software tool for creating animated text captions. ICCHP 2008. Linz. pp. 609-616.
- Richards, J., Hibbard, E., Hardman, J., Woodcock, K., Fels, D.I. (2008). SignLink Studio 2.0. Technology and Deaf Education. Rochester. http://www.rit.edu/ntid/vp/techsym/papers/2008/T11C.pdf.
- Karam, M., Branje, C., Price, E., Russo, F., Fels, D.I. (2008). Towards A Model Human Cochlea: Sensory substitution for crossmodal audio-tactile displays. Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2008. Windsor. pp 267-274.
- Karam, M, Fels, D.I. (2008). Designing a Model Human Cochlea: Issues and challenges in crossmodal audio to touch displays. Haptics in ambient systems. Quebec City.
- Goodrum, A., Hibbard, E., Woodcock, K., Richards, R., Fels, D.I. (2008). The creation of keysigns: American Sign Language metadata. International Society for Knowledge Organization. Montreal.
- Prescod, F. & Fels, D. (2007). Laptop use: a matter of learning styles and students’ satisfaction at ITM. E-Learn 2007: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Health and Higher Education. Montreal. pp. 2144-2151.
- Rashid, R., Vy, Q., Hunt, R., Fels, D.I. (2007). Dancing with words. Creativity and Cognition 2007. Washington DC. pp. 269-270.
- Thompson, N., & Fels, D.I. (2007). Sign language links in web content. 30th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference. Toronto.
- Prescod, F., Fels, D.I. (2006). Assessment of student attitudes towards a university laptop learning environment. Interaction Association for the Development of the Information Society. Barcelona.
- Rashid, R. Aitken J. & Fels, D.I. (2006). Expressing Emotions Using Animated Text Captions. ICCHP 2006. Linz. In: Miesenberger, Klaus et al (eds): Computers helping people with special needs : 10th International Conference. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer. 24-31.
- Branje, C. Marshall, S., Tyndall, A., Fels, D.I., (2006). LiveDescribe. AMCIS 2006. Acapulco.
- Chandrashekar, S., Fels, D., Stockman, T., Benedyk R. (2006). User testing – your place or mine? Or shall we do it on the Web. ASSETS 2006 poster session. Portland, Oregon.
- Konstantinidis, B. & Fels, D.I. (2006). HWAET: Hand-waving apparatus for effective turn-taking. CWUATT’06. Cambridge. pp. 77-82.
- Fels, D., Lee, D., Branje, C., Reid, M., Shallow, E., Hornburg, M. (2005). Captioning with an emotive twist. American Conference in Information Systems, Omaha. pp. 2330-2337.
- Richards, J., Fels, D., Hardman J., (2005). The educational potential of the signing Web. National Institute of the Deaf Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf Symposium. Rochester.
- Yeung, J., Konstantindis, B., Fels, D.I. (2005). Remote work system for high school students. CybERG 2005 – an online conference. http://cyberg.wits.ac.za/
- Yeung, J., Konstantinidis, B., Fels, D.I. (2005). PEBBLES: Two-way work and communication for remote high school students. EdMedia 2005. Montreal. pp. 891-898.
- Yeung, J. Fels, D.I. (2005). A remote telepresence system for high school classrooms. Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering. pp. 1447-1450.
- Prescod, F., & Fels, D.I. (2004). Challenging conventions: Implications of laptop teaching/learning environments on student performance. Accepted to EISTA04. Orlando.
- Hudyma, R., & Fels, D.I. (2004). Causes of failure in IT telecommunications networks. Proceedings of SCI 2004. Florida. pp.35-38.
- Lee, D. Richards, J., Hardman, J., Fels, D.I. (2004). Creating sign language web pages. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference ICCHP 2004, Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. 3118 Klaus, J.; Miesenberger, K.; Burger, D.; Zagler, W. (Eds.) Paris. pp. 1088-1095
- Fels, D.I. (2004). Accessible digital media and sign language. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference ICCHP 2004, Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. 3118 Klaus, J.; Miesenberger, K.; Burger, D.; Zagler, W. (Eds.) Paris. pp. 1069-1070
- Fels, D.I., Richards, J., Hardman, J., Soudian, S., Silverman, C. (2004). American sign language of the web. CHI2004 Late Breaking Papers. Vienna. pp. 1111-1114.
- Rice, M. & Fels, D. (2004). Low vision and the visual interface for interactive television. Second International Conference on iTV. Brighton, UK.
- Richards, J., Hardman, J., Soudian, S., Silverman, C., Fels, D.I. (2004). The Signing Web. CSUN 2004. http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf/2004/proceedings/29.htm. California.
- Fels, D.I., Samers, P., Robertson, M. (2003). Use of the asynchronous BlackBerry technology in a large children’s hospital to connect sick kids to school. International Conference on Computers in Education. Hong Kong.
- Fels, D.I., Shrimpton, B., Robertson, M. (2003). Kids in hospital, kids in school. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Hawaii. Pp. 2358-2363.
- Fels, D.I. (2003). PEBBLES: Case Studies in long distance learning and telepresence. International Congress for School Effectiveness & Improvement. Sydney. http://www.icsei2003.com/new/abstracts_040103.pdf. pp. 70 (Abstract #202).
- Soudian, S., Fels, D.I. (2002). Verbal source code descriptor. Proceedings of IEEE WESS’ 2002.
- Roberts V. & Fels, D. (2002). Methods for inclusion: employing think aloud protocol with individuals who are deaf. In Miesenberger, K., Claus, J. & Zagler, W. (Eds.), Computers Helping People With Special Needs: 8th Annual Conference Proceedings/ICCHP 2002: Springer, New York. pp.284-291.
- Silverman, C. & Fels, D.I. (2002). Emotive captioning in a digital world. In Miesenberger, K., Claus, J. & Zagler, W. (Eds.), Computers Helping People With Special Needs: 8th Annual Conference Proceedings/ICCHP 2002: Springer, New York.
- Fels, D.I., & Silverman, C. (2002). Issues of closed captioning and interactive television . In Miesenberger, K., Claus, J. & Zagler, W. (Eds.), Computers Helping People With Special Needs: 8th Annual Conference Proceedings/ICCHP 2002: Springer, New York.
- Fels, D.I., Degan, S.S., Lee, D., Guergachi, A. (2002). Modeling Fear, Anger, Sadness, and Happiness for Alternative Displays. 6th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics 2002. Orlando.
- Fels, D.I., & Degan, S.S. (2001). Expressing non-speech information and emotion to the deaf and hard of hearing. CD-ROM Proceedings IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics. Tuscon.
- Fels, D.I., Polano, L, Harvey, T., Degan, S.S., & Silverman, C.H. (2001). Towards Emotive Captioning for Interactive Television. Universal Access and Human-computer interaction. New Orleans.
- Fels, D. I., Waalen, J.K., Zhai, S., Weiss, P.L. (2001). Telepresence under exceptional circumstances: enriching the connection to school for sick children. Interact 2001. Japan. pp. 617-624.
- Silverman, C. & Fels, D., I. (2001). Beyond Captioning: The New Frontier. CSUN. California. http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf2000/proceedingsmainpage.html
- Fels, D., (2000). Towards Accessible Synchronous Communication. IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Nashville. pp. 593-598.
- Cheetham, A., Young, C., & Fels, D. (2000) Interface development for a child's video conferencing robot. IEA2000/HFES 2000 Congress. San Diego. vol. 1 pp. 380-383.
- Fels, D.I., Weiss, P.L., & Talampas, M.A. (2000). A case study of videoconferencing in the classroom: A methodology for measuring interactions, behaviors and attitudes. IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress. San Diego vol. 1 pp. 372-375.
- Fels, D.I., Weiss, P., Treviranus, J., & Smith. G. (1999). Videoconferencing in the classroom: Children's attitudes. The Second International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics – CD-ROM proceedings. or http://cyberg.curtin.edu.au. Curtin University of Technology.
- Weiss, T., Fels, D., & Treviranus, J. (1999). Telework and video-mediated communication: Importance of real-time, interactive communication for workers with disabilities. CSUN’99, California. http://www.dinf.org/csun_99/session0238.html.
- Fels, D.I., Williams, L., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1998). Analysis of a video-mediated communication system for children. The Third International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS-98). Atlanta.pp 307-309.
- Williams, L., Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1998). Developing a video-mediated communication system for hospitalised children. VSMM ’98. Japan.
- Fels, D.I., Williams, L.A., Smith, G., Treviranus, J. & Eagleson, R. (1998). Creating an Interactive Supply Student. Symposium on Industrial Engineering and Management, Toronto. pp 86-90.
- Williams, L., Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1997). Using PEBBLES to Facilitate Remote Communication and Learning. 41st meetings on Human Factors and Ergonomics. Albuquerque, pp. 320-324.
- Williams, L., Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1997). PEBBLES: Providing Education by Bringing Learning Environments to Students. Design of Computing Systems: Social and Ergonomic Considerations. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Human Computer Interaction. San Francisco, pp. 115-118.
- Eagleson, R., Williams, L., Fels, D., Burkell, J., & Pylyshyn, Z. (1996). Teleoperation of a Remote Camera to Support Spatial Reasoning Abilities. The First Annual Conference of the Networks of Centres of Excellence on Tele-Learning. Montreal.
- Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1996). Control of a remote communication system by children. In: L.Straker and C. Pollock (Eds.) Virtual Proceedings of CybErg 1996: The First International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics. URL http://www.curtin.edu.au/conference/cyberg: Curtin University of Technology.
- Fels, D.I., Williams, L., Smith, G., & Treviranus, J. (1996). The Supply Student. Medicine 2001, June 1996. Montreal.
- Fels, D.I., Chignell, M.H., Shein, G.F., & Milner, M. (1994). Modality-Independent Feedback for Access to Computers. 12th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association. Toronto. pp. 384-386.
- Fels, D.I. & Shein, G.F. (1994). To evaluate or not to evaluate: That is the question. presented at RESNA - 17th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation. Nashville. pp.426-428.
- Fels, D.I., Shein, G.F., Chignell, M.H., & Milner, M. (1993). Interface analysis using a standardised feedback language. RESNA - 16th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation. Las Vegas. pp. 429-431.
- Fels, D.I., Shein, G.F., Chignell, M.H., & Milner, M. (1992). Feedback control: Whose job is it anyway? 25th Annual Conference of Human Factors Association of Canada. Hamilton. pp. 81-84.
- Fels, D., Shein, F., Chignell, M.H., & Milner, M. (1992). A taxonomy of device-independent information to provide multi-modal computer feedback. Annual Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Philadelphia.
- Fels, D.I., Shein, G.F., Chignell, M.H., & Milner, M. (1992). See, hear & touch the GUI: computer feedback through multiple modalities. RESNA – 15th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation. Toronto. pp. 37-40.
- Fels, D. (1991). Comparison of a hospital suction system with a dedicated smoke evacuation system for use with electrosurgical units during surgery. Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Conference, Banff, Alberta.
- Fels, D., McDougall, J., Sanani, D., Shein, F., Kynsh, B., & Milner, M. (1991). Preliminary developments in device-independent access to computer-based systems for people with disabilities. Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Conference, Banff, Alberta
- Fels, D., Fels, S., & Fels, M. (1989). A report on tall oil and a comparison with diesel fuel. In 9th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Hamilton, Ont.
- McDougall, J., Fels, D., Shein, F., & Milner, M. (1988). Output primitives to allow disabled people full functional use of computers. Poster In Computer Human Interaction, CHI '88, Washington D.C.
- Fels, D. (1987). Device-independent access to computer-based system for the disabled. MHSc thesis. University of Toronto.
- Mittal, G., Fels, D., & Correia, L. R. (1986). Microcomputer-aided teaching of thermodynamics. In 5th Canadian Conference on Engineering Education, London, Ont.
- Udo, J.P. & Fels, D.I. (in press). Exemption or not? Copyright and perceptual disability for accessible media. In Coombs, R. & Wershler, D. (eds.) Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online.
- Udo, J.P. & Fels, D.I. (2011). From the describer's mouth: reflections on creating unconventional audio description for live theatre. In Serban, A. & Lavaur, J.M (eds.) Audio Visual Audiovisual translation in closeup. Peter Lang Publishing Group, New York.
- Fels, D.I., Prescod, F., and Norrie, J., (2006). A successful vendor relationship for a large-scale laptop programme at Ryerson University. in Beverly Pasian and Gary Woodill (ed.). Planning to Learn: case studies in e-learning project management.
“Usability Analysis: artsPOST Interface” submitted to marblemedia Inc.
“Usability Analysis: ITMS Client Interface” submitted to RDM Corp.
“Program for Students with Disabilities: Achieving Effective Outcomes Project Tender Number: 02/03-25. submitted to Victorian Department of Education by Cook, R., Fels, D. & Robertson, M.
“Report on Potential Access to the Financial Services Manager Position for Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” submitted to The Bank of Montreal.
“Preliminary Report on the Translation and Evaluation of French WiViK.” submitted as a final deliverable to Industry Canada in completion of grant awarded for French WiViK.
Development of Accessible Software for Telecommunications Technology. Final Technical Report: Task Analysis.
A Preliminary Study of the Wood Waste and Heat Recovery System of Kakabeka Timber Ltd.
Patents & Trademark
US and Canadian Patent: Model Human Cochlea (application)
Industrial Design Patent (pending): PEBBLES Hospital Unit. Industry Canada.
Provisional PCT Patent: Teleconferencing Robot with Swiveling Video Monitor and Automatic Location of Speaking Conferee. Tripartite application from Ryerson P. University, University of Toronto, and Telbotics Inc.
Trademark for PEBBLES
Invited Seminars, Courses, Exhibits and Presentations
An Evening of Sensory Fusion. Installation of Emoti-Chair at Petit Nuit Blanche. Museum London, London, Ont.
Invited demonstration and presentation: Inclusive Design and Media Access. Turner Broadcasting Inc.
Invited seminar: Inclusive Design. University of Surrey, Faculty of Management.
Vlogging at the DCC. Nuit Blanche exhibit at the Deaf Culture Centre. Toronto, Ont.
Vibes! Feel It!. Nuit Blanche exhibit at the Deaf Culture Centre., Toronto, Ont.
Emoti-chair workshop. Vancouver Song Institute, Vancouver, BC.
Inclusive entertainment. Research Seminar. St. Andrews University. St. Andrews, Scotland.
Inclusive gaming. Keynote address. Open house. University of Dundee. Dundee, Scotland.
ORGANic Evolution III. St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Toronto. Emoti-chairs were involved in this concert.
Inclusive gaming. Public lecture. University of Dundee. Dundee, Scotland.
CLT research overview. Research seminar. Edinburgh-Napier University. Edinburgh. Scotland.
Inclusive entertainment. Research seminar. University of Dundee. Scotland.
Array Music concert. Music Gallery. Toronto. http://www.arraymusic.com/indexflash.html
Feel the Music: An accessible concert for deaf or hard of hearing audiences. Live music concert. Clinton’s Tavern. Toronto
Dec 08 – Dec09
Enhanced captioning. Deaf Film Making Exhibit. Deaf Cultural Centre. Toronto.
Alternative approaches for Closed Captioning & Audio Description. Invited Presentation at Accessibility Hearings at CRTC.
Feel the Music: Concert at Ontario Science Centre. Three live bands and Emoti-chair.
Sept 08 – Jan09
Emoti-chair: Exhibit at Ontario Science Centre. Weston Family Ideas Centre.
Expert critic. Inclusive design competition. Ontario College of Art and Design. Toronto.
Video description. Invited presentation. Canadian Digital Broadcasting Summit. Toronto.
Jan . 2008
Inclusive engineering. Invited presentation. Industrial Engineering Student Conference. Ryerson University
Engineering for inclusion. PEO Student Conference. University of Toronto.
Accessible Media. Presented at CulturAll Summit. University of Toronto.
Engineering for inclusion. Keynote Address - Third Annual PEO Women in Engineering Advisory Committee (WEAC) Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Memorial Forum Toronto.
Engineering: A caring profession. Keynote Address for Go ENG Girl. Toronto.
Accessible Media. Invited speaker for Innoversity 2006. Toronto.
Broadband Opportunities for Deaf Youth – Celebrating deaf culture on the Internet. Invited presentation and conference display. Showing Results – Sharing Knowledge CANARIE conference. Toronto.
Broadband Opportunities for Deaf Youth – Celebrating deaf culture on the Internet. Invited presentation and conference display. Showing Results – Sharing Knowledge CANARIE conference. Halifax.
Fels Makes Big Splash with PEBBLES and Differently-Abled Clients. In Smalley, C (2004). Conferzine. http://www.conferzone.com/services/czarchives/ConferZine_May_04.html.
Described Video. Seminar presented to SMPTE. Toronto. Canada.
Enhanced Captioning. Seminar presented at the University of Brighton, UK.
Accessible iTV. Workshop presented at British HCI. Bath, UK.
From Bed to School in Realtime. Workshop presented at BSW Student Wellbeing/Drug Education Conference, Geelong, Australia.
Connecting Me, Connecting You: There is something we can do. Keynote address. RCH Expo. Melbourne Australia.
From Bed to School in Realtime. Workshop presented at RCH Expo. Melbourne, Australia.
Kids in Hospital, Kids at School. Invited Speaker. International Federation for Information Processing Working Groups 3.1 and 3.3 Working Conference. Melbourne. Australia
The CYCLE Model. Invited speaker. Best papers of conference seminar. International Congress for School Effectiveness & Improvement. Sydney.
PEBBLES: Invited speaker. Department of Education, University of Melbourne. Australia.
PEBBLES: Grand Rounds. Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Cito TechTalk: Digital Television: What does this mean for access. University of Toronto.
Accessible Interactive Television, invited speaker, Ontario Chapter of SMPTE. Ryerson University.
Moderator, Panel on Women in Engineering Workshop. Ryerson University.
Synchronous communication for people with disabilities: invited speaker in Electrical and Computer Engineering. University of British Columbia.
Towards accessible synchronous communication tools. Invited speaker at SETT conference. Bloorview MacMillan Centre.
Towards accessible synchronous communication tools. Invited speaker Showcase Ontario.
Accessible Synchronous Communication. invited speaker at McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines. McGill University.
Moderator, Panel on Women in Engineering Workshop. Ryerson University.
Towards Accessible Synchronous Communication. invited speaker at Digital Media Institute speaking series, University of Toronto.
Accessible Interactive Television. panelist at GREET 2000 conference. Ryerson Polytechnic University.
PEBBLES: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Trade Mission Member Tokyo, Japan.
PEBBLES, public relations event and media appearance with Wayne Gretzy and PEBBLES.
Telepresence as a model of communication. Government Video Magazine. pp. 86.
PEBBLES: An example of telepresence Keynote speaker. 31st Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, Hull, Quebec.
PEBBLES, invited demonstrator, Showcase Ontario, Toronto
PEBBLES, invited demonstrator, Special Education Technology conference, Toronto.
PEBBLES, invited demonstrator, Government and Technology conference, Ottawa.
PEBBLES, invited speaker. Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto.
PEBBLES, Launch and media appearance for Wayne Gretzy’s PEBBLES
An attention-getting device for use with video conferencing systems. presenter, GREET/SRC ’98. Ryerson Polytechnic University. Toronto.
PEBBLES: Providing Education By Bringing Learning Environments to Students. invited speaker, panelist and demonstrator. SETCO conference. Milton.
PEBBLES: Providing Education By Bringing Learning Environments to Students. invited speaker and demonstrator. Making Connections Conference, Kitchener-Waterloo.
Centre for Learning Technologies. poster presentation. SRC Day 1997. Ryerson Polytechnic University. Toronto.
PEBBLES: Providing Education By Bringing Learning Environments to Students. invited speaker. TorCHI, Toronto.
Multi-media courseware development: team presenter, GREET ‘96 workshop, Ryerson Polytechnic University. Toronto.
Multi-media and People with Disabilities: invited speaker: research committee, Bloorview MacMillan Centre. Toronto.
Multi-media Meets the Desktop: Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities: invited paper and presentation at NSF/Multimedia ‘95 Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Technologies for People with Disabilities. San Francisco.
Modality-Independent Feedback for Access to Computers for People with Disabilities: presented at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Research Symposium, University of Toronto.
Communication: Models and Alternatives: presented to seminar group, Department of Computing and Information Science, University of Guelph.
Effective Presentations: provided to thesis classes of Industrial Engineering.
De-Mystifying Technology: presented to Association of Physiotherapists, Toronto.
Laser Safety: keynote speaker at meeting of the Board of Directors, Centenary Hospital.
Laser Safety: one half day course at Toronto Institute for Medical Technology, provided to Occupational Health and Safety practioners.
Media Interviews (examples) Radio Interviews
- “Feel the Music” CBC Radio, Music and Technology by Nora Young. Aired March 25 & 28, 2009.
- “Canadian Researchers Launch Chair That Helps Deaf People Understand Concept of Music” 680 News, by Rudy Blair. Aired February 5, 2009.
- “Russian Radio Podcast Live at Emoti-Chair Concert with Frank Russo, Ellen Hibbard, David Fourney, Deborah Fels and Eric Buehner Podctahция. Aired March 5, 2009. < http://www.podst.ru/?area=posts&id=2444>
- “Russion Radio Podcast for Emoti-Chair Concert with Frank Russo” Podctahция. Aired March 5, 2009.
- “Tech Talk” (city-fm) as reported by Katfish Morgan, David Schellenberg, Lauren Stone. Aired March 5, 2009.
- “Toronto at Noon” (CFRB-AM) as reported by Dave Trafford. Aired March 5, 2009.
- Radio Canada Interview with Stéphane Vera and Yanik Dumont. Aired February 26, 2009.
- “Promoter Launches Rock Gigs for the Deaf” BBC Radio 4, You and Yours. Aired February 26, 2009. < http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/items/03/2009_08_thu.shtml>
- “Here & Now” (HR1& HR3)(CBL-FM) as reported by Matt Galloway and Jennifer McGuire. Aired February 25, 2009.
- “The Emoti-chair” CBC Hear and Now Interview by Matt Gallaway, Feb. 8, 2009.
- “Hamlet Described” CBC Metro Morning Interview by Paul Leichman and Andy Barry, Nov. 15, 2006.
- “Vibration Chair Helps Sense and Feel Music” Gizmo Watch. Aired March 12, 2009. http://www.gizmowatch.com/entry/vibration-chair-helps-sense-and-feel-mus...
- “Daily Planet” as reported by Natasha Stillwell. Aired March 9, 2009.
- CBC News: Morning (CBC-NW) as reported by Heather Hiscox. Aired March 9, 2009.
- “Can This Chair Really Allow Deaf People to Feel What It’s Like at a Concert?” CBC News and Current Affairs as reported by Deana Sumanac. Aired March 8, 2009.
- “Sign Language on the Web” Success Stories, CTV News, March 23, 2005
- “PEBBLES” CallforHelp Tech TV, February 22, 2005
- “PEBBLES” Today Show, May 13, 2004
- “PEBBLES” Discovery US, May 14, 2004
- “PEBBLES”, Technology Tomorrow – BBC, Feb. 2001.
- “PEBBLES”, Alpha2Omega – YTV, Feb. 2000
- “PEBBLES”, HyperTec - Discovery Channel, March 9, 1998.
- “PEBBLES”, Media TV - CityTV, July 12, 1997.
- “PEBBLES” 6:00 News, Global Television, June 26, 1997.
- “PEBBLES” 6:00 News, Global Television, August 1996.
- “Profile of Deborah Fels”, Engineering Dimensions, Sept/Oct. 1998 pp. 35.
- “Bioengineering: Improving Lives, Creating Opportunities”, Engineering Dimensions, March/April 1997 pp 21-24.
- “Time to modernize closed captioning and audio description” by Brian Edeba Media Tech Reports, August 21, 2008.
- “Emoti-chair delivers good vibrations to deaf” by Debra Black. The Toronto Star, Tuesday July 2, 2008, Section A1, page 1.
- "Horatio plays Don Cherry" by Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star Friday November 24, 2006 Section D15
- "The Play's the thing? No, the play-by-play" by Jeff Overmars Globe & Mail. Nov 18, 2006. Section M5
- "New `colour commentary' has fashion debut" by Helen Henderson, The Toronto Star, Feb 25, 2006
- Hospitalized students use robots in classroom. http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/05/30/classroom.robot.ap/index.html. CNN May 30, 2006.
- The partnership with The Bay has generated 39 newspaper articles, 41 television and six radio stories to date.
- “Learning by Remote”. The Globe and Mail. April 9, 2005. page F6.
- PEBBLES un robot pour enfant malade en classe!. Retrieved May 2004 from http://www.radioactif.com/news.php?n=1780.
- “Reading, writing, robotics”, National Post, June 11, 1999.
- “Homeroom in a hospital”, Toronto Star, Feb. 27, 1998.
- “She makes it all computer”, Toronto Sun, Nov. 14, 1997.
- “Video-conferencing is bringing the classroom into the home”, The Globe and Mail, August 26, 1997.
- “Pebbles keeps sick kids in touch with school”, Toronto Computes, Oct. 1996
- “Une Percee Qui Pourrait Aider Les Handicapes L’universite en direct, de chez soi”, Lexpress, Aug. 26, 1996
- “Seeing-eye computer puts ill kids back in class”, Toronto Star, June 24, 1996.
Created Web-based course module title “Transitioning to the new media” for the Instruction Design for the New Media web course”.
Created Multi-media CD-ROM titled “Local Area Network Hardware”.
- Ammirante, P, Russo, F.A., Good, A., Fels, D.I. Feeling voices. PLOS-ONE.
- Branje, C., Fels, D.I. The Vibrochord: Validating a theoretical framework for the evaluation of musical input devices. Computer Music.
- Chaitanya, S. Fels, D.I. Vibro-Motion: An Interactive Vibro-Tactile Gesture Interface. CHI2013.
- Hibbard, E., Fels, D.I. Usability of vlogging: sharing ASL content online. Annals of the Deaf.
- Webster, G., Fels, D., Portraits of people with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias.
|Date||Organisation & Project||Applicant||Amount for Fels/Ryerson|
|2012-2013||NSERC Engage: Scooter games||D. Fels, Komodo Open Systems Inc.||$ 24,000|
|2012-2013||OPIC – Accessible mobile interface for gaming||D. Fels, Komodo OpenSystems Inc.||$ 25,000|
|2012-2013||Google – LiveDescribe lite||D. Fels||$ 33,000|
|2012-2015||SSHRC Partnership Development – Intimate interfaces||D. Fels, M. Gurevich, B. Crow||$ 60,000 per annum|
|2011-2014||NIH Small Business Initiative. Eastern Kentucky University. Terptube||D. Roush & D. Fels||$ 60,000 per annum|
|2011-2012||Ontario Gov – OPIC programme. Intimate interfaces||D. Fels, D. Smith, S. Landau (Touch Graphics Inc.)||$ 10,000|
|2011||FedDev. Accessibility of Knowledge Generator||D. Fels & Mt. Knowledge||$ 50,000|
|2010-2013||National Institute of Health; Crowd-sourced audio description||Joshua Miele (Kettlewell Smith Eye Institute)||$ 29,000 per annum|
|2010-2013||NSERC - Accelerator grant||D. Fels||$ 40,000 per annum|
|2010-2015||NSERC – Discovery grant||D. Fels||$ 32,000 per annum|
|2010-2015||National Centre of Excellence – GRAND (there are many industry partners for this but we are aligned with TAD Inc.)||K. Booth, A. Goodrum||$ 40,000 per annum for Fels, Fels is also Ryerson block captain|
|2010-2011||SSHRC – ITST programme - Developing a framework for vibrotactile composition and performance||D. Fels, F. Russo||$ 40,000|
|2009-2014||Canada Foundation for Innovation – Inclusive Design Institute||J. Treviranus||$ 30,000,000 (Ryerson portion $360,000)|
|2009-2010||Canada Foundation for Innovation - Experiential Design and Gaming Environment||Dimitri Androutsos||$ 1,106,154|
|2009-2014||ORF-RE - Project ÆGIS – Integrating Accessibility into Emerging ICT||J. Treviranus, D. Fels, + 10 other partners||$ Ryerson portion = $90,000|
|2009-2012||Bell Globe Media||B. Milligan & D. Fels||$ 360,000|
|2008||Ryerson University: Summer research assistant||D. Fels||$ 9,000|
|2007-2009||Canadian Heritage – CCOP CulturAll2||J. Treviranus, D. Fels & others||$500,000 over 2 years, Ryerson portion is $95K|
|2007 - 2011||SSHRC – Accessible Entertainment||D. Fels, A. Goodrum, A. Gould, C. Davis, F. Russo, I. Pederson, J. Treviranus, L. Dong, M. Plaza, P. Hearty, R.B. Elder, & S. Cody.||$ 1M over 5 years|
|2007||Ryerson University: Summer research assistant||D. Fels||$ 7,500|
|2007||NSERC RTI||D. Fels, K. Woodcock, O. Tursgen||$ 55,624|
|2006-2008||Canadian Heritage – SignLink Studio||D. Fels, J. Treviranus, & CHS||$ 500,000|
|2006-2009||NSERC/Canada Council for the Arts||D. Fels, A. Guergachi & G. Smith||$ 380,000|
|2006||Ryerson University: Summer research assistant||D. Fels||$ 7,500|
|2006||Ryerson University – One time only||D. Fels||$ 8,500|
|2006||Ryerson University – Business research fund||D. Fels||$ 10,000|
|2006||Ryerson University||S. Gedeon + D. Fels||$ 5,000|
|2006-2007||SSHRC Image, Text, Sound & Technology: Developing an Ethos of Fair Dealing for Research on Canadian Culture Online||York University (Rosemary Coombs), Ryerson University and others||$ 46,317|
|2006-2009||SSHRC: Students in Technology-Focused vs. Humanities Programs: Learning Styles, Maturity Levels and Academic Success||Zywno, Gosha, Stewart Frankie & Fels, D.||$ 42,000|
|2005-2007||Canadian Heritage: CulturAll||U of T, Ryerson, CLT||$ 1,500,000 (Ryerson allocation ($150,000)|
|2005-2006||Telefilm Canada: Extended video description||Smiley Guy Studies, Ryerson||$ 163,000|
|2005-2010||NSERC:Discovery Grant||D. Fels||$ 41,000 per year|
|2005-2007||SSHRC New Media: Accessible Gaming||J. Parker (Calgary), D. Fels (Ryerson), Concordia, U. Vic + private partners.||$42,000|
|2004||Canadian Heritage – Gateway Fund. ASLpah||CHS, Ryerson, U of T||$ 47,500|
|2004||Centre for Disabilities Studies: Attention-getting for video conferencing||D. Fels||$ 5,000|
|2004||Ryerson International Fund – visiting scholar application for dTV.||D. Fels||$ 5,000|
|2004||Ontario Media Development Corporation: Odd Job Jack Described||Smiley Guy Studios, D. Fels, Krystal Music||$ 70,000|
|2004||Ontario Media Development Corporation: Burnt Toast||Marblemedia, D. Fels, Rhombus Media||$ 70,000|
|2004||CITO: Techreadiness program: Enhanced captioning for Fluition.||Confluent Technologies, D. Fels||$ 25,000|
|2003||CANARIE ARIM: Opportunities for Canadian Deaf Youth through Broadband Web Applications - extension||D. Fels, Marblemedia Inc., Canadian Hearing Society, University of Toronto||$ 100,000|
|2003||Vodafone Visiting Scholar Fund||J. Masthoff, D. Fels||£5,000|
|2003-2004||Heritage Canada New Media Research Network: Canadian Network for Inclusive Cultural Experience (CNICE)||J. Treviranus, D. Fels, R. Mayot, D. Steinstra, etc.||$ 163,655 of $2M|
|2002-2003||CANARIE ARIM: Opportunities for Canadian Deaf Youth through Broadband Web Applications||D. Fels, Marblemedia Inc., Canadian Hearing Society, University of Toronto||$ 82,172 of $400,000|
|2002-2004||CANARIE: TILE Learning Object Repository||J. Treviranus, R. Mayot, D. Fels, K. Taylor, etc||$ 260,460 of $3M|
|2003||CITO: Student Fellowship Funding||D. Fels, K. Radmacher (student)||$ 16,500|
|2001||OLT Development Grant: Inclusive Learning Connection||CHS, UofT, D. Fels||$ 5,000 of $25,000 development grant|
|2001||NSERC Equipment Grant||D. Fels||$ 11,000|
|2001-2005||NSERC Operating Grant.||D. Fels||$ 25,000 per year (total $100,000)|
|2000-2002||CITO: Emotive Captioning for Improved Access to Interactive Television||D. Fels||$ 110,000|
|2000-2002||CANARIE: Barrier-free distance education||J. Treviranus, R. Mayot, D. Fels, K. Taylor, etc.||$ 367,765.00 of 3,024,232|
|2000-2002||Interactive Broadcast Ontario||M. Foster, M. Murphy, D. Fels||$ 30,000 of $1,300,000|
|1999-2001||Ontario TAP Grant (Towards Inclusive Distance Education)||J. Treviranus, D. Fels,||$ 129,000 of a $650,000 project|
|1998-1999||Ontario Ministry of Education and Training (PEBBLES)||D. Fels||$ 104,000|
|1998-1999||CANARIE – TAD Grant (PEBBLES)||D. Fels, G. Smith, J. Treviranus||$ 159,901|
|1998||Ontario Provincial and Demonstration Schools (PEBBLES)||D. Fels.||$ 15,000|
|1998-1999||Industry Canada, Notemakers Programme (Instruction Design for New Media Web Course)||C. Blanchette, D. Fels||$ 100,000|
|1997-1998||Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, TIPPS II (SNOW Project)||J. Treviranus, D. Fels||$ 150,000 of $1,000,000|
|1997-2001||NSERC (Operating Grant)||D. Fels||$ 56,000|
|1996-1999||Ontario Workstudy Programme, 10 part-time student positions awarded (3-4 per year)||D. Fels||$ 20,000 (at $1,500 or $2,000 each)|
|1996-2000||Human Resources Development Canada, Summer Student Experience Grants, 2-3 positions awarded per year||D. Fels||$ 32,200 (2,300 per position)|
|1996||Industry Canada (Translation of WiViK into French)||F. Shein, D. Fels||$ 35,000|
Sponsorships, fundraising activities and internal funding awards
|Date||Organisation & Project||Amount|
|2002||Wayne Gretzky Golf Tournament||$ 50,000|
|2001||Wayne Gretzky Golf Tournament||$ 50,000|
|2001||Internal SRC funds||$ 5,000|
|2000||Rythyms Canada||$ 4,000|
|2000||Clublinks Golf Promotion||$ 16,000|
|2000||Wayne Gretzky Golf Tournament||$ 50,000|
|1999-2000||Gift and Tableware Association (PEBBLES)||$ 50,000|
|1999-2000||CIBC Children’s Miracle Network (PEBBLES)||$ 25,000|
|1998-2002||The Bay and Wayne Gretzky (PEBBLES)||up to $600,000 ($191,000 was received for 2001/2002 deployment year)|
|1998-1999||Canadian International Employees Foundation (PEBBLES)||$ 7,000|
|1998-present||Other sponsorships various sources and individuals (e.g., Birks Foundation, individuals (PEBBLES)||approximately $ 10,000|
|1998, 1999, 2000, 2001||Ryerson Summer Research Assistant Programme, 3 positions awarded||$ 30,000 (7,500/year)|
|1996-2000||Ryerson Polytechnic University, Centre for Learning Technologies (operating grant)||$ 160,000 (total for 5 years)|
|1997||Royal Bank (PEBBLES)||$ 50,000|
|1996||Canadian Banking Association (Access to ATMs)||$ 760|
|1996||Bank of Montreal (Deaf Tellers)||$ 1,500|
|1995||Ryerson Polytechnic University (Seed grant for startup)||$ 1,500|
Received adjunct status at the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
Approved to supervise Masters and PhD level students in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Electrical Engineering at Ryerson.
Approved to supervise Masters and PhD level students in the newly-approved graduate programme in Culture and Communication.
|Date began||Name||Dept||Thesis Title/Thesis area||Status|
|2012||Joseph Moscatiello||MSc||Sign Link Studio||In-progress|
|2012||Xue Fei||MMSc||Audio description||In-progress|
|2012||Barry Donaldson||MBA||Major Research Proposal||Completed May 2012|
|2012||Robert Longworth||MBA||Evaluation of accessibility of Trillium Foundation website||Completed May 2012|
|2011||Michael Pouris||MSc (Comp Sci)||Music visualization||In-progress|
|2011||Gregory Dolamar||MMSc||To be determined||In progress|
|2010||Sai Cherukumilli||MSc (Comp Sci)||Emoti-chair||In-progress|
|2009||Gemma Webster||PhD (committee member)||Portrait for people with dementia||Completed Sept. 11|
|2009||Carmen Branje||PhD (supervisor)||Vibrational music||In-progress|
|2008||Jorge Mori||MSc (Comp. Sci)(co-supervisor)||EnACT||Completed May 2012|
|2008||Quoc Vy||MSc (Comp. Sci) (co-supervisor)||Emotive captioning||Completed May 2012|
|2007||David Smith||PhD (Comm/cult) (on committee)||Remote pleasure||Completed Nov. 2011|
|2007||Chrislyn Tziortzis||MBA (IT) (supervisor)||Making presentations more accessible.||Completed Sept. 08|
|2007||Ellen Hibbard||PhD (Comm/Cult) (supervisor)||SignLink Studio||In-progress|
|2007||David Fourney||PhD (Mech. Eng.) (co-supervisor)||Enhanced captioning||Did not complete|
|2007||John Riccio||M.M.Sc (IT) (supervisor)||A comparison between first person and conventional audio description: A longitudinal study||Completed Sept. 08|
|2007||Danielle Lotterige||PhD (Ind. Eng.) (PhD committee member)||Continuous measurement of emotion||Completed Oct. 2010|
|2006||Claude Gagne||M.A. (Comm/Cult) (supervisor)||Learning through Weblogs: Students’ Perspective and Learning Evidence||Completed Dec. 2007|
|2006||Carmen Branje||MMSc (IT) (supervisor)||LiveDescribe||Completed Jan. 2008|
|2006||Rob Bajko||PhD (Comm/Cult) (supervisor)||Culture of mobile technology||In progress|
|2006||Avrim Katzman||PhD (Comm/Cult) (supervisor)||Effect of esthetic on gameplay and game design||Did not complete|
|2006||Wael Aboelsaadat||PhD (Comp. Sci.): U of Toronto (co-supervisor)||Religious User Interfaces||Completed May 2012|
|2005||Norma Thompson||MASc. (Comp. Eng.) (co-supervisor)||SignLink Studio||Completed Nov. 2008|
|2005||Raisa Rashid||M.Sc (FIS): University of Toronto (co-supervisor)||Enhanced captioning||Completed Jan. 2008.|
|2004||Daniel Lee||MASc (Comp. Eng.) (co-supervisor)||Accessible gaming||Did not complete|
|2004||Bertha Konstantinidis||M.Eng. (Comp. Eng.) (supervisor)||PEBBLES||Completed 2006|
|2004||JP Udo||MA (Comm/Cult) (supervisor)||Art-based writing||Defended Oct. 2005 – completed|
|2003||Franklyn Prescod||PhD (Ed.) Nova University (co-supervisor)||Education technology||Completed Feb. 2008|
|2002||Jason Yeung||MASc. (Comp.Eng.) (co-supervisor)||PEBBLES||Defended Sept. 2005 - completed|
|2002||Vera Roberts||PhD (OISE): University of Toronto (co-supervisor)||Methods for inclusion employing think aloud protocols in software usability studies with individuals who are deaf||Completed|
|2001||Sima Soudian||MSc. (Elec. Eng. UBC) (co-supervisor)||Verbal Source Code Descriptor|
|2001||Vic Singh||MSc. (Mech. Eng.) (co-supervisor)||Tactile music||Did not complete|
|1996||Laurel Williams||MSc. (Elec. Eng. Western) (co-supervisor)||PEBBLES||Completed|
I have served on four master’ level graduate committees in Industrial Engineering since 2006 at the University of Toronto and many others at Ryerson, York and the University of Toronto for different departments.
Summary: 13 completed
|Date began||Name||Dept||Thesis Title/Thesis Area||Status|
|2007||George Zamfir||CS||Multi-platform optimization of SignLink Studio||Completed|
|2007||Martin Gerzhev||CS||Closed captioning for SignLink Studio||Completed|
|2005||Michael Reid||CS||Nukris: An accessible game||Completed|
|2001||Danny Lee||CS||Enhanced Captioning||Completed|
|1999||Vic Singh||Mech. Eng.||Fuzzy Logic to Provide High Level Control of PEBBLES||Completed|
|1998||Rich Yim||EE||Design of an Infrared Gamepad for PEBBLES||Completed|
|1998||Derek Lam||EE||Design of a 6811 Microcontroller Circuit for a Servo-Motor||Completed|
|1998||Ivan Fung||EE||Design of Control Circuit to Activate and De-activate Four Attention-Getting Device||Completed|