It has been an action-packed year for the Knowledge Media Design Institute.
To continue in our mission of inspiring graduate students and fostering a collaborative environment, we have continued with our successful events and introduced some new ones. Below is a brief recap of the 2015-2016 school year.
KMDI Coffee Club
In January, KMDI introduced the community-building initiative that ran through to May 2016. Students and faculty were able connect about current and past projects around hot drinks and baked treats.
KMDI Seminars (PhD Students and Guest Seminars)
Over the 2015-2016 school year, KMDI has been fortunate to have many Student and Guest Seminars take place. From coding to dramatic arts productions, the institute enjoyed talks that inspired their audiences. Following is a list of the seminars:
PhD Student Seminar with Richard Windeyer of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. The seminar was titled, “Of Accuracy and Aesthetics: Staging realities through the performance of Big Data.” Windeyer’s work is a great example in the KMDI community of utilizing Big Data in creative ways.
PhD Candidate, Siavash Kazemian, presented an ethnographic study that was conducted to learn about the information seeking behaviours of financial analysts on Wall St.
Dr. Winnie Chen conducted a guest seminar titled “Designing Feedback to Induce Safer Driving Behaviour.”
Zahid Abul-Basher of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering explores the possibilities of sharing results among graph queries in his talk, “SwarmGuide: Towards Multiple Query Optimization in Graph Databases.”
Team Credio, made up of KMDI students, represented U of T at the San Francisco Hult Prize 2016 Challenge. On March 21, the interdisciplinary team (Aditi Bhargava, Michelle Cho, Carson Fong, Hao Yi) spoke about their research and the challenging, yet fulfilling experience.
OISE PhD candidate, Heather Birch presented a collobarative project for a mobile application for piano students and teachers.
Special thanks to all our KMDI/iSchool Speaker Series guests. Students were able to make valuable connections and engage in conversation with professionals from various areas of study. From software engineer Dr. Margaret-Anne (Peggy) Storey to author and Dr. Jooyoung Lee, the KMDI community has had great opportunities to hear from many innovative thinkers. Click here for our KMDI Speaker Series playlist for 2015-2016 and here for our joint speaker series with the U of T iSchool.