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John Bonnett
Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities
Brock University
Tier 2 - January 1, 2005
Social Sciences and Humanities
905-688-5550 jbonnett@brocku.ca
Research involves using new media - specifically virtual reality and augmented reality - as instruments to support research, communication, and teaching in the humanities.
Research relevance:
The research focuses on the generation, appropriation, and dissemination of 3D objects and environments.

Kevin Kee
Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities
Brock University
Tier 2 - July 1, 2005
Social Sciences and Humanities
905-688-5550 kkee@brocku.ca
Research involves using educational computer "simulations" as a means of teaching history to senior high school and university students.
Research relevance: The research focuses on a new way to communicate academic history.

Arthur W. Kroker
Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory
University of Victoria
Tier 1 - July 1, 2003
Social Sciences and Humanities
250)385-4487 kroker@uvic.ca
Research involves examination of the character of the Internet, the implications of genetic engineering and the impact of information technology on cultural studies.
Research relevance: Interdisciplinary approaches to the cultural, ethical, political and social implications of information technology and biotechnology.

Raymond G. Siemens
Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing
University of Victoria
Tier 2 - July 1, 2004
Social Sciences and Humanities
250-721-7272 siemens@uvic.ca
Website http://web.uvic.ca/~siemens/
Research involves prototyping a computing environment for the electronic scholarly edition that integrates activities central to professional involvement in humanities disciplines. Research relevance: The research has direct application in the areas of data-harvesting, textual content analysis, document encoding application and conversion, and dissemination/ communication models and mechanisms.

Karen Collins
Canada Research Chair in Communications and Technology
University of Waterloo
Tier 2 - June 1, 2007
Social Sciences and Humanities
519-888-4567 ext. 35808 collinsk@uwaterloo.ca
Research involves understanding how sound creates meaning in interactive media.
Research relevance: A software engine that will enhance compositions for new media and sound designers, helping improve the quality of their products and boost Canada’s high-technology sector.

Caitlin Fisher
Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture
York University
Tier 2 - July 1, 2004
Social Sciences and Humanities
416-736-2100 ext. 22199 caitlin@yorku.ca
Website http://www.yorku.ca/caitlin
Research involves investigation of the future of narrative through explorations of interactive storytelling and interactive cinema in Augmented Reality environments and through research into the epistemological status of digital archives.
Research relevance: Innovations may include the refashioning of conventions used in film and interactive CD-ROMs for the development of AR narrative, and the use of procedural characters to create immersive interactive experience.

Carl Gutwin
Canada Research Chair in Next Generation Groupware
University of Saskatchewan
Tier 2 - July 1, 2001
Renewed: July 1, 2007
Social Sciences and Humanities
306-966-8646 gutwin@cs.usask.ca
Website http://www.cs.usask.ca/faculty/gutwin/
Research involves examining novel approaches for creating new mass connectivity electronic environments.
Research relevance: Research will form the theoretical and practical backbone for the next generation of ubiquitous networks systems.

Michael Keren
Canada Research Chair in Communication, Culture and Civil Society
University of Calgary
Tier 1 - July 1, 2002
Social Sciences and Humanities
972 3 640-8665 mkeren@ucalgary.ca
Coming to Canada from Tel Aviv University, Israel
Research involves conducting interdisciplinary research to determine the effects of globalization of media communications and emerging digital information and communications technologies on all aspects of Canadian society.
Research relevance: Findings will provide a better understanding of the challenges Canada faces as a result of increasing globalization and digitization.

Guy Paré
Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in Health Care
HEC Montréal
Tier 2 - June 1, 2004
Social Sciences and Humanities
514-340-6812 guy.pare@hec.ca
Website http://www.hec.ca/pages/guy.pare/
Research involves examining the role of information technology (IT) in improving and transforming the delivery of healthcare in Canada.
Research relevance: To propose practical approaches to developing the conditions that will enable Canada's healthcare organizations and networks to adopt technological innovations which will have significant impact on the efficiency of the healthcare system and on the quality of care offered to Canadians.

Paul Théberge
Canada Research Chair in Technological Mediations of Culture
Carleton University
Tier 2 - July 1, 2001
Social Sciences and Humanities
613-520-2600 ext. 2546 paul_theberge@carleton.ca
Research involves an in-depth study of the effects of new media and technology on the music industry; development of effective methods for understanding the various possibilities and challenges that are arising.
Research relevance: Findings will lead to a better understanding of the impacts of digitization on the music industry, with special emphasis on the ways in which communicating and doing business are changing in this new environment.

Xin Wei Sha
Canada Research Chair in New Media Arts
Concordia University
Tier 2 - June 1, 2005
Social Sciences and Humanities
514-848-2424 Ext. 7801 sha@encs.concordia.ca
Website http://www.topologicalmedialab.net/xinwei/
Coming to Canada from USA
Research involves studying gesture and creating new forms of responsive media that blend sound, video, and soft wear (active and sensate fabrics) into rich interactive settings.
Research relevance: The research involves complex engineering interlaced with artistic and philosophical creativity and enquiry.