York University held the inaugural TEDxYorkU event November 6, 2010 at the Glendon College Campus. Five out of nine speakers and performers are also York researchers. You can watch their videos below or visit the TEDxYorku youtube index page to view the full slate.
Professor Stephen Gaetz, Faculty of Education
Canada's homelessness crisis: Why research matters to public policy
Stephen Gaetz’s research foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research relevant to policy and program development. He comes to this work at York University after several years of working in the homelessness sector and for the City of Toronto. His research interests include homelessness, youth culture, criminal victimization and community development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues. He led Canada’s first national homelessness research conference in 2005. Professor Gaetz is the director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub a clearing house for homelessness research.
Professor Poonam Puri, Osgoode Hall Law School
After the financial crisis: Game-changers for the corporation
Poonam Puri is one of Canada’s most respected scholars and commentators on issues of corporate law, securities law, corporate governance, and corporate and white-collar crime. Appointed to York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997 at the age of 25, and a 2005 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™ award, Puri is a prolific scholar who was appointed as one of two research directors of the Canadian Ministry of Finance’s Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, which is seeking input on the best way to develop and implement a model Common Securities Act for Canada. Most recently, Puri received the Walter L. Gordon Research Fellowship for 2010-2011.
Professor Wulfgang Stuerzlinger, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Re-investigating 3-D user interfaces
Wolfgang Stuerzlinger is a leading researcher in 3-D user interfaces and virtual reality. At York, he is an associate professor and a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Vision Research (CVR). Stuerzlinger is very active in human-computer interaction and computer-supported collaborative work. Current research projects include better user interfaces for 2-D and 3-D design applications, meeting room environments that actively support collaboration, user interface techniques that are based on human perception principles, new virtual reality hardware and software, a novel kind of display system that can display very vivid images, and many other projects.
PhD student Helen Papagiannis, Faculty of Fine Arts
How does wonder guide the creative process?
Helen Papagiannis is an artist, designer, and researcher specializing in Augmented Reality (AR). Hailed as being among the top 10 forces currently shaping the AR industry (Leading AR News Blog, Games Alfresco), Papagiannis has been working with AR since 2005 exploring the creative possibilities and theoretical implications for this exciting emerging technology. Recently, Papagiannis’ interactive artworks were featured in an exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre. She is presently completing her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at York and is a senior research Associate at the Augmented Reality Lab (Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts).
PhD student Daniel Schnee, Faculty of Fine Arts
Song of the senses: Cognition as music
Daniel Schnee is both an abstract artist and avant-garde saxophonist whose work is regularly exhibited and performed internationally. He is also one of the few musicians worldwide who regularly performs traditional Arab and Persian music on the saxophone. He is the artistic director and founder of the Kyoto International Improvisation Ensemble, and is considered a leading figure among the current generation of graphic score composers worldwide (Theresa Sauer, Notations 21). He is presently completing his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology within York's Department of Music, focusing on the relationship between Zen Buddhism and non-idiomatic improvisation, and is a Graduate Associate of the York Center for Asian Research.
What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
TEDx is a program of local, independently-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in the spirit of ideas worth sharing. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized, subject to certain rules and regulations.