Dr Selina Mudavanhu receives a two-year grant from ONCAT

Dr Selina Mudavanhu, part of the Pulse Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia recently received a two-year award of just over $100,000 from Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) for a project that explores the experiences of Black college-to-university transfer students at McMaster University using in-depth interviews...

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Paula Gardner featured in "Viewpoints between Business & Humanities" on equal representation of women in tech, at DeGroote School of Business

Research shows that women, particularly BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour), queer and transgender women, are strikingly underrepresented in internet, technology, communication, media (ICT/M), and educational spaces. Rates of women in ICT/M spaces peaked in the 80s. But these numbers have plummeted globally and in Canada in the 21st century. Also, women are particularly...

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Dr. David Harris Smith Published a New Article Reflecting his Interdisciplinary Research in Synthetic Phenomenology

Pulse Lab researcher and Media Arts professor Dr. David Harris Smith has published a new article reflecting his interdisciplinary research in synthetic phenomenology. The article presents a formal dialogue with his collaborator Dr. Guido Schillaci, on the theoretical issues arising from the development of artificial consciousness in robots: Why Build a Robot with Artificial Consciousness? How to Begin? A...

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Pulse Lab's Dr. Paula Gardner and Jessica Rauchberg Present Research at ICA 2021

Dr. Paula Gardner presentation on the Critical Perspectives on Open Science panel at the International Communication Association (ICA) 2020 conference. Gardner presented on her paper, Renovating Habituated Research Practices: Feminist, Crip, Anti-Oppressive, and Critical Design Approaches.

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ABLE Team Presents at the Meet My Method - MIRA Trainee Network Event

This March, the ABLE team had the opportunity to present at the MIRA Meet My Method Networking Event, an event designed to showcase the projects funded by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). We networked with other members and presented on the progress and changes made developing ABLE family. Also, we shared the...

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Pulse Lab Statement of Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement

Pulse lab stands in solidarity with protestors around the globe and Black Lives Matters condemning the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. Together we must confront the historic legacies of white supremacy, colonialism and imperialism that feed anti-black racism, and police brutality, fostering hate, injustice, intolerance and insecurity for black...

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New Research: ABLE Music Interactive Platform

The ABLE Music platform is a co-creation project in collaboration with older adults with dementia and their caregivers, to provide unique pair or group interactions and intergenerational play by transforming movement into art experiences (digital painting and musical creation) in order to enhance well-ness (physical, mood, cognitive).

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The ABLE Project Featured on McMaster University's Brighter World Blog

The ABLE (Arts Based Therapies Enabling Longevity for Geriatric Outpatients) project led by Paula Gardner, Asper Chair in Communications and Associate Professor in the CMST department has been featured on McMaster University's Brighter World Blog. The ABLE project includes researchers from health care, computer science, engineering, and communication and multimedia, ranging from undergrads and graduates,...

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Dr. Paula Gardner Co-Author and Co-Editor of Ada Special Issue (No. 16): Emerging Gender, Media and Technology Scholarship in Africa

The Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology has released its publication of Ada Special Issue (No. 16): Emerging Gender, Media and Technology Scholarship in Africa, co-edited by Paula Gardner, Audrey Gadzekpo and Leslie Steeves. Ada is an open access journal.

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MIRA Webinar Series – Get Out of Your Silo: How and Why You Should

Working with people who are outside of your own area of expertise or interest allows diverse groups to combine their expertise, creating a team that produces results greater than the sum of its parts. During this webinar, Paula will share her own approaches to interdisciplinary research, strategies for success, as well as some of the...

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ABLE Project Awarded Grant from Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

The Pulse Lab team, Caitlin McArthur, Stephen Surlin, Adekunle Akinyemi, Rong Zheng, Paula Gardner and Alexandra Papaioannou, have been selected for the Spark Program to develop our project, ABLE-Music: Movement-Music Interactions to Engage Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments. The project will be hosted by Hamilton Health Sciences - GERAS centre.

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ABLE Team Presents at the MIRA Catalyst Grant Networking Session

This October, the ABLE team had the opportunity to present at the MIRA Catalyst Grant Networking Session, an event designed to showcase the projects funded by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). While at the event, the team, including Dr. Paula Gardner, Dr. Rong Zheng, Caitlin McArthur, Stephen Surlin and Adekunle Akinyemi spoke...

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ABLE Testing at AMICA

  Able is a wearable platform designed to encourage physical therapy and exercise. When players exercise, their movements generate pleasurable sound and visual experiences. These incentivize users to continue physical therapy on a daily basis and in pairs.  We are currently testing the beta version of ABLE with residents of AMICA Mature Lifestyles community, and with...

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Pulse Lab collaborates to critically unpack and adapt technologies to meet community needs, invent sustainable innovations and create social change.

Pulse Lab is driven...

by feminist, intersectional, and anti-oppression approaches, and participatory action methods

Pulse Lab intervenes...

in the politics of digital access to foster digital literacy and digital inclusion. We render the digital as networked and distributed, rejecting pressures to quantify and reduce digital materials and practices.

Pulse lab plays...

…with biometric technologies. We peer into biometric tools to make them accessible, comprehensible and to harness them as tools for responsible innovation. We redirect the biomaterial and computational turns in pathways that celebrate the embodied digital subject.

Pulse Lab is devoted to art practice

We use art process to incite imagination, prioritize play and produce aesthetic pleasure. Our research considers the role art practice can play in affective health, cognitive development and inspired innovation.

Pulse Lab is technologically agnostic

We use whatever tools (emerging, new media, computational, visual, mechanical, collaborative, etc) that the project calls out for.  We harness common, affordable digital technologies— visual, biometric, and mobile and sensor technologies—most appropriate to address the problem at hand.

Pulse lab is rigorously collaborative

We practice ground-up inquiry, exploring how digital tools can be accessed to meet local social, cultural and material needs. Our team practices respectful, lateral collaboration.  Our partners are community, non-profit, health and creative industry groups seeking to adapt digital and emerging technologies to address pressing social, cultural and material needs in Canada and in Africa.

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