Projects

Full Project Name:Autonomously Adaptive Soundscapes for Reducing Stress in Critically-Ill Patients
Project Info:Machine learning applied to therapeutic soundscapes.
Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Frishkopf

Full Project Name:Autonomously Adaptive Soundscapes for Reducing Stress in Critically-Ill Patients
Project Info:Machine learning applied to therapeutic soundscapes.
Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Frishkopf

Project Info: AI for Society is a sub-cluster of Digital Synergies. It has a reading group and hosted a conference in May 2019, titled "AE, Ethics, and Society."
Cluster Leads: Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell and Dr. Jonathan Cohn

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Full Project Name: Putting Data-Driven Urbanism in its Place
Project Info: Data-driven urbanism refers to the use of 'big data' in urban policy and planning. The purpose of this project is to explore the complex assemblages of people, spaces, discourses and technologies that make urban 'big data' and, by extension, data-driven urbanism possible.
Principal investigator: Dr. Joshua Evans (Human Geography)

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Full Project Name: Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit
Granting Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (United States)
Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries, National Digital Infrastructures Program
Co-investigator: Dr. Ali Shiri

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Project Info: The Digital Feminist Collective is a research commons gathering projects on digital feminisms that collectively ask after the future of feminism and feminist activism, the meaning and limits of global feminist solidarity, creativity, and transnational collaboration.
Principal investigator: Carrie Smith

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Project Info:Canadian scholars working in the field of life writing (nonfiction) do not have a way to see each other and talk about research. Enter Digital Coffee, a once-per-month meeting on Zoom with researchers across the country, who bring a beverage and talk about their research.
Principal investigator: Julie Rak

Project Info: Dyscorpia is an exhibition gathering artists and thinkers in visual art, design, contemporary dance, medical humanities, virtual reality, sound creation, computer science, and creative writing in order to question what it means not to know the limits of our bodies.
Project Lead: Marilene Oliver

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Full Project Name: ecopoesia.com: An Online Resource on Environment and Poetry in Latin America
Project info: ecopoesia.com will be a trilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) online resource mapping the relationships between contemporary Latin American poetry and the environment. General readers, students, and scholars will for the first time have access to an electronic archive of poetry from Latin America that engages ecological questions.
Principal investigator: Dr. Odile Cisneros

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Project Info: Hothousing Feminist Collections: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Digital Archive, will adopt an inclusive approach to data infrastructure to create an open-linked, open-data knowledge base of feminist content sourced from a wide range of Canadian cultural collections, with the goal of establishing an inclusive and pro-ethical approach to data infrastructure for the digital humanities.
Principal investigator: Deb Verhoeven

Full Project Name: Indigenous Women and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Supporting an Empowered and Resilient North-South Community
Project Info: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become an indispensable resource for civil society actors, but research suggests that numerous barriers limit the potential of technologies to support the empowerment of Indigenous women. These barriers include the fact that technology is not designed according to their perspectives, preferences and ways of knowing. This project will conduct research with Indigenous women's CSOs in Canada and Latin America to determine how ICTs can be gendered and indigenized to better serve as tools of resistance and reliance for Indigenous women.
Principal investigator: Pascal Lupien, Campus Saint-Jean

Full Project Name: Inuvialuit Voices: Cultural Heritage Preservation and Access through Digital Storytelling in Digital Libraries
Granting agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant (2019-2023)
Principal investigator: Dr. Ali Shiri

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Full Project Name:Language in the body: Using big data and motion capture to explore the body’s contribution to communication
Project Info:I investigate properties of language use in face-to-face conversation. I use advances in data science, such as the availability of large audio-video language databases as well as 3D motion capture, to explore recurring patterns in both the speech signal and in coordinated body movements like gestures, shoulder shrugs, head nods, and others. My research helps us to understand the role of the body as part of the linguistic communciation system.
Author: Jennifer Hinnell

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Full Project Name: Levelling Up: Iterative Game Design for Sexual Violence Prevention
Project Info: Investigating the capacity of pro-social video games to serve as educational interventions in sexual violence prevention settings. Using a research-informed, iterative game design model, it will examine the efficacy of various game interactions and mechanics in driving value change amongst players on beliefs and myths pertaining to sexual violence.
Principal Investigator: Kenzie Gordon

Full Project Name: The Lost Garden: Exploring Sound in Interactive Game Environments
Project Info: The Lost Garden is a first-person audio puzzle game that features sonic exploration in an abandoned underground urban environment cut off from nature. Players are encouraged to speculate on the fragility of our natural world.
Principal Investigator:  Scott Smallwood

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Project Info: The Massive Auditory Lexical Decision (MALD) database is an end-to-end, freely available auditory and production data set for speech and psycholinguistic research, providing time-aligned stimulus recordings for over 30,000 words and made-up words and response data from hundreds of listeners. In addition to the experimental data, we provide many precompiled listener- and item-level descriptor variables.
Principal investigator: Benjamin V. Tucker

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Full Project Name: Project BIAS - Responsible AI for Labour Market Equality
Project Info: BIAS is cross-national, interdisciplinary project to understand the role of AI algorithms in shaping ethnic and gender inequalities across Canadian and UK labour markets, which are increasingly digitized.
Principal investigator: Linglong Kong (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences) with Dr. Nicole Denier

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Full Project Name: Reading Bestsellers: Multimodal Practices in a Transmedia Environment
Project Info: In a transmedia environment, bestselling fiction is just one among many popular genres competing for readers’ attention. This project will look at how and why readers locate, select, and share their reading of bestsellers. It will also examine what role social media plays for readers in the discovery of bestsellers, choices about reading formats and devices, and the evaluation of specific bestselling titles. A collaborative project with Prof DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Mount Saint Vincent University), Reading Bestsellers uses online tools and platforms as the method and the site of research.
Principal investigator: Prof Danielle Fuller

Full project name: Reimagining Literacy Education: Being Literate in the Twenty-First Century
Project info: This international case study partnership research initiative responds to the urgent need to help teachers and students develop the necessary knowledge and proficiencies for our digital age, by generating theory, curricula, and classroom strategies. We embrace a three dimensional digital literacy framework that bring together an operational dimension, a cultural dimension, and a critical dimension. The ultimate aim of this project is to be open-minded and inquisitive about literacy practices that move beyond the 20th century pedagogical models that currently guide curriculum and classroom practices.
Principal investigator: Dr. Linda Laidlaw, Elementary Education, with Dr. Kyle Stooshnov

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Project Info: Farid al-Din ʿAttar's famous poem "Conference of the Birds" recounts the birds' spiritual quest through seven metaphorical valleys in search of the Simurgh. These valleys have been mapped onto the Aga Khan Garden at the University of Alberta's Botanic Garden, augmented with music, poetry, and birdsong, using a location-aware app, in order to deepen visitors' experiences of the Garden, to catalyze a richer, fuller, more harmonious understanding of Islamic spirituality, and to foster religious pluralism.
Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Frishkopf

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Project Info: SpokenWeb aims to develop new collaborative and coordinated approaches to literary historical study, digital development, and critical and pedagogical engagement with diverse collections of literary sound recordings from across Canada and beyond.
Principal investigator: Michael O'Driscoll (Lead UAlberta Researcher); Jason Camlot (PI),Concordia University (Montreal)

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Project Info:The Technology Stewardship Project is an interdisciplinary research program. It has successfully developed and tested a Technology Stewardship Field School (TSFS) model and digital literacy resources for building community capacity through leadership and digital skills development. The project will be undertaking more intensive research on community-based leadership with our existing partners as well as expanding the regional scope of the project to open up new research opportunities in Canada and with our international partners.
Principal investigator: Dr. Gordon Gow

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Full Project Name: The Interactive Project: Historical Continuities and Transcultural Intersections from Oral Storytelling to Videogames
Project Info: The objective of “The Interactive Project” is to generate cross-disciplinary discussion, understanding, and creative work around the complex ways in which interactivity has been present throughout our human history, and how much its role is crucial today through both new technologies and older traditional arts and media for the entertainment world, and most importantly for our education system and democratic societies.
The 5-week event will take place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 30 2020 on UofA campus.
Principal investigator: Chris Reyns-Chikuma

Full Project Name: Toxic Media Ecologies: Critical Responses to the Cultural Politics of Planetary Crisis
Project Info: Taking an intermedia-ecological approach, this research project refuses the modern colonial opposition between nature and culture, indeed the false sense of security offered by any binary opposition, by drawing on the old and new powers of poetry, research-creation, social and cultural theory and histories from below in order to construct new critical tools with which to respond to the cultural politics of crises. The project looks at urgent contemporary issues and topics such as whiteness as desire, rape culture, spectacular fashion, anthropocene discourse, high financial intermediation, suburban imaginaries, surveillance and sousveillance, Islamophobia, energy transition and climate change while searching for a new theoretical idiom of interrogation.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea

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Full Project Name: Trans-National English in Social Media Communities
Project Info: This project compares the use of English in different non-English-speaking countries (within otherwise local-language online conversations) by different social media communities, and uses the analysis of these practices not only as a comparison of online language practices, but also as a close look at how ‘international English’ as a reflection of globalization plays out in the practices of everyday life.
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Dailey-O'Cain

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Full Project Name:Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music
Project Info:Allows users to learn about the sounds of Canadian traditional music.
Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Frishkopf

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Full Project Name: Virtual Sonic Architecture
Project Info:The aim of Virtual Sonic Architecture is to enable collective immersive multisensory experience of architectural history, for aesthetic pleasure, intercultural understanding, and educational use. In this particular case, Hadim Ibrahim Pasha mosque, the objective is to experience Ottoman Turkish culture, creating a powerful visual-aural-social experience for a more humanistic appreciation of Islam, its civilization, and its rich history.
Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Frishkopf

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Full project name: Writing New Bodies: Critical Co-design for 21st Century Digital-born Bibliotherapy
Project Info: The “Writing New Bodies” project addresses complex issues by developing a digital fiction - an interactive, literary story game - for a new, media-enhanced form of bibliotherapy - an intervention method that employs directed reading to help with psychological issues. The digital fiction is targeted specifically at body image concerns. It is aimed to encourage emotional and verbal engagement with some of the major challenges facing girls and young women today.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Astrid Ensslin

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News

J.R. Carpenter, the University of Alberta's newest Writer-in-Residence, has come at the perfect time. A writer who's work is primarily digital, Carpenter's expertise and experience has become even more necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're interested in more information, including Carpenter's office hours, check out the U of A's article, "Meeting the Moment in the Time of Pandemic."

Events

ALIA Information Online 2021 Conference
Feb 08 2021
Feb 10 2021
The Interactive Project: Historical Continuities and Transcultural Intersections from Oral Storytelling to Videogames
Mar 01 2021
Mar 31 2021