News and Announcements
Meet CSIT’s New Faculty Member: Dr. Hamza Bashandy
November 14th, 2023
We're excited to announce the latest addition to Carleton School of Information Technology (CSIT): Dr. Hamza Bashandy, an accomplished architect and game designer.
Currently exploring the datafication of crowd behavior, his research focuses on agent-based modeling and crowd simulation in video games, particularly in political protest settings.
Beyond Borders: Celebrating Our OSS Student Ambassadors
November 8th, 2023
We are excited to announce the participation of three of our outstanding Optical Systems and Sensors (OSS) students, Winny Kameni, Yoosuf Marikar, and Abdullahi Diriye, in the recent FiO - Optica conference, held in October 2023 in Tacoma, Washington.
SUI'23: Felipe Gonzalez's ACM Triumph - Bridging Code and Creativity
November 6th, 2023
CSIT PhD student, Felipe Gonzalez, presented groundbreaking research at the ACM Symposium for Spatial User Interaction in Sydney, Australia, in October 2023. His work on 3D modeling through code, with the help of Dr. Audrey Giouard, is set to revolutionize CAD tools.
SUI'23: Low-Cost VR, High-Impact Research - Kristen Grinyer’s Low-Fi VR Controller
October 30th, 2023
Kristen Grinyer, a PhD student in the Information Technology program, is making waves with her research in low-cost virtual reality (VR). Kristen Grinyer along with Dr. Rob Teather, presented their groundbreaking research at the ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI) in Sydney. Their work focuses on enhancing interaction and user experience in low-cost virtual reality (VR using a smartphone), addressing the disparity in VR access.
Paper by CSIT Expert Reveals Gaps in Ontario's E-Voting
October 6th, 2023
In a groundbreaking revelation, Mr. James Brunet, a full-time instructor at Carleton University's School of Information Technology, and his co-author, Dr. Aleksander Essex of Western University, have unveiled a significant disparity between the practice of online elections in Ontario and international best standards. Their research, presented at the Eighth International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting in Luxembourg, highlights the absence of provincial standards in Ontario for regulating online voting, leaving local election officials to devise their own cybersecurity measures. This article delves into their findings and the implications for online voting in Ontario.
Dr. Wei Shi's Award-Winning Wireless Tech Collaboration with Ericsson
October 2nd, 2023
In the fast-paced world of computer science and information technology, groundbreaking research often emerges from collaborative efforts between academia and industry. Dr. Wei Shi, a distinguished researcher at Carleton School of Information Technology (CSIT), recently garnered recognition for her exceptional work in partnership with Ericsson. Their pioneering project, titled "M-MIMO Channel Estimation using Federated Learning," represents a significant step forward in the realm of wireless communication technology.
Carleton School of Information Technology Faculty Members Secure Major Funding for Innovative XR Research
September 19th, 2023
Dr. Robert Teather and Dr. Victoria McArthur have been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI-JELF) for MARVEL - the Mixed and Augmented Reality and Virtual Environments Lab.
MARVEL is equipped with state-of-the-art high-fidelity XR head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tracking systems, enabling cutting-edge research. Their goal? To make XR accessible to all by developing cost-effective, user-friendly XR platforms.
Dr. Robert Teather and Dr. Jie Gao awarded NSERC Discovery Grants
September 11th, 2023
We're excited to announce the exceptional achievements of Carleton School of Information Technology faculty members! Dr. Robert Teather and Dr. Jie Gao have both been awarded prestigious NSERC Discovery Grants, recognizing their outstanding contributions to cutting-edge research.
Dr. Teather's groundbreaking work, titled "Interaction in Cross-Platform Multi-User Virtual Reality," is at the forefront of immersive technology. Meanwhile, Dr. Gao's research, "Automated Network Management and User-Centric Service Provision for 6G," is paving the way for the future of telecommunications and connectivity, ensuring that 6G will be more user-focused and efficient than ever before.
In addition to this remarkable achievement, Dr. Teather has also been honored with the Department of National Defense Supplement, further highlighting the significance of his work in advancing technology for national security.
Hannah Johnston Awarded 2023 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
September 6th, 2023
We are thrilled to announce that our Ph.D. student, Hannah Johnston, has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research: "Supporting human creativity through the design of interfaces for Artificial Intelligence (AI) based image generation systems"
Learn more about Hannah's journey in the link below.
Dr. Ali Arya Named a Recipient of The 2023 OCUFA Award
July 26th, 2023
Dr. Ali Arya has been named a recipient of the 2023 Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award – the highest honour an educator can receive in the province.
Dr. Arya incorporates technology into many of his teaching and learning innovations at Carleton, including the use of VR and 3D environments, gamification and game-based learning, and an exploration-based pedagogy using emergent technologies. Arya has also innovated by incorporating various methods of student engagement such as reflective activities into his educational practice in STEM disciplines and has significantly contributed to the curriculum as the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Information Technology.
Celebrating Our Exceptional Ph.D. Grad and Postdoctoral Fellow
July 24th, 2023
Introducing our exceptional postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Karen Cochrane, and our brilliant Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Sam Qorbani.
We are thrilled to share that Karen has secured a prestigious faculty position at the Stratford School of Business and Design at the University of Waterloo, where she will continue her impactful research in HCI.
Sam is joining MacEwan University as an associate professor. Sam is thrilled to continue working on advancing VR research alongside Dr. Ali Arya.
We are very proud of their achievements and wish them great success as they go about shaping HCI and VR landscapes.
Dr. Ali Arya Named 2023 Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation
July 12th, 2023
We are proud to announce that Professors Ali Arya (Carleton School of Information Technology) and Manuel A. Báez (Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism) have been named 2023 Carleton University Chairs in Teaching Innovation for their commitment to teaching innovation and advancing inclusive learning approaches in the classroom.
Professor Ali Arya will use the grant to investigate the potential of virtual reality (VR) in transformative teaching and learning practices, focusing on ways in which instructors can make VR learning experiences more accessible and inclusive.
His three-year project seeks to provide instructors across disciplines with guidelines, practices, software tools, and assets to help them incorporate VR into their courses.
Breaking Barriers in VR and Robot Sound
July 11th, 2023
Meet our talented BIT-IMD research interns! Adel Manji, a 3rd-year student, is partnering with Dr. KC Collins to explore the fascinating world of Sound and its impact on our perception of Robots. Elis Joynes, a 4th-year student, is collaborating with Dr. Rob Teather on a groundbreaking study focused on VR tactile interaction, aiming to enhance the immersive and inclusive aspects of Virtual Reality. Danielle Cole, a visionary 3rd-year student, is working with Dr. Jay Henderson and Dr. Rob Teather to revolutionize reading experiences in VR environments through her research internship with The Future Learning Lab's I-CUREUS program. We're proud of their innovative contributions!
Undergraduate Research Awards Spotlight
June 19th, 2023
Meet two of our recent recipients of the prestigious NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award:
Braeden Sherritt is a recent OSS graduate who is working with Dr. Marzieh Amini on developing a Canada-specific MachineLearning model that could revolutionize disaster assessment and social media monitoring during emergency responses in Canada. Their mission is to enhance disaster response and ultimately save lives in Canada.
Nabeeha Ali is an IMD student who is working on understanding the disparities between definitions of the term "game mechanics". Nabeeha's project serves as a gateway to assist people of various disciplines and holds the potential to explore other interesting topics related to the understanding of games.
Video Game Accessibility and Wearable Technology Wins Carleton 3MT Competition
May 25th, 2023
While 95% of people with disabilities enjoy video games, their needs have historically been ignored. Georgia Loewen, a master's student in HCI aims to use wearable tech to solve this. Her presentation recently won Carleton University's Three Minute Thesis Competition, and she competed in the Ontario 3MT. You can watch her 3-minute presentation from the link below.