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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Deborah Fels

Technology In Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   dfels@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000, ext. 7619
Office Location   RBB-3-090
Office Hours   TBA

Education

B.Sc. (Guelph); M.H.Sc. (Toronto); Ph.D. Human Factors (Toronto)

Biography

Dr. Fels has a PhD (1994) in Human Factors from Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Health Science (1987) in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto. She is currently employed as an associate professor in the School of Information Technology Management, and the Director of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University.

Her research interests include access to multi-media computer applications for people with disabilities, accessible media, computer-based learning, and video conferencing. Current research projects include: 1) interactive video-mediated communication system for children in hospitals; 2) emotive captioning; 3) broadband learning environments supporting people with disabilities; 4) descriptive audio; and 5) on-line ASL see www.aslpah.ca. She received one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 awards for the year 2001. She is also a professional engineer.

Research Interests

Children and computing; telepresence; learning technologies; synchronous multimedia; human-computer interaction; rehabilitation engineering.

Selected Publications

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., 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.

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.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan