Canada Research Chairs

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Canada Research Chairs

John Bonnett

Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities

Brock University
Tier 2 - January 1, 2005
Social Sciences and Humanities
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.

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
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
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
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.

Kevin Kee

Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities

Brock University
Tier 2 - July 1, 2005
Social Sciences and Humanities
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.

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
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.

Arthur W. Kroker

Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory

University of Victoria
Tier 1 - July 1, 2003
Social Sciences and Humanities
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.

Guy Paré

Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in Health Care

HEC Montréal
Tier 2 - June 1, 2004
Social Sciences and Humanities
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.

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
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.

Raymond G. Siemens

Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing

University of Victoria
Tier 2 - July 1, 2004
Social Sciences and Humanities
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.

Award Winners

SDH/SEMI Award for Outstanding Achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities

The SDH/SEMI Award for Outstanding Achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution to computing in the arts and humanities whether theoretical, applied, or in the area of community building. The award is presented annually, at the recommendation of the SDH/SEMI Award Committee. Recipients of the award are invited to receive the award and to address the society's community in a plenary session of the annual conference for the year in which the award is made.

  • 2009: Michael Best
  • 2008: Christian Vandendorpe
  • 2007: Jean-Guy Meunier
  • 2006: Susan Brown, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy (The Orlando Project)
  • 2005: Willard McCarty
  • 2005: Jean-Claude Guédon
  • 2004: Ian Lancashire
  • 2004: Paul Fortier

The Busa Prize

The Busa Prize is named in honor of Father Roberto Busa and is given to recognise outstanding lifetime achievement in the application of information technology to humanistic research. Past recipients of the Busa Prize include:

  • Father Roberto Busa (1998, Debrecen, Hungary)
  • John Burrows (2001, New York, New York, USA)
  • Susan Hockey (2004, Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Wilhelm Ott (2007, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA)
  • To be Announced 2009 (2010, Kings College London, UK)