The Human Face of Research

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Dr. Brenda Laurel presents The Human Face of Research

Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street (Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps)
Toronto, Ontario M5T1W

Thursday, April 6, 2006 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

An investigation into new approaches to design research, with an
emphasis on human-centred design research, set within the context of
emerging needs, technologies and forms of the 21st century.

Brenda Laurel is an acclaimed designer, researcher and writer, with a
25-year career in human-computer interaction (HCI) and expertise in
interactive narrative and cultural aspects of technology. One of the
founders of Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, California,
Laurel conducted research into gender and technology, co-produced and
directed the Placeholder Virtual Reality project, and co-founded
Purple Moon a subsidiary acquired by Mattel in 1999. She serves
currently as Chair and faculty member of the graduate Media Design
program at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California,
and concurrently works as Senior Director and Distinguished Engineer
at Sun Microsystems Labs in Menlo Park, California. Laurel has
published extensively on interactive fiction, computer games,
autonomous agents, virtual relation and political artistic issues in
interactive media. She is editor of The Art of Human-Computer
Interface Design [Addison-Wesley 1990] and author of Computers as
Theatre [Addison-Wesley 1991].

Both presentations take place at OCAD's Auditorium (Room 190), Nora
E. Vaughan Wing, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. All are welcome to
attend, and admission is free. For information, visit or
call 416-977-6000.

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