2014-10-21 Interactive Tour of Carleton University’s Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab

It’s time again for our annual field trip!

In the past couple of years we’ve been to simulation centres at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and Algonquin College’s School of Health and Community Studies. This year, we’re heading to Carleton University to get a look at (and chance to jump into) their collection virtual simulators in the Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab).  

Date: Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; tour begins at 6:30.
Place: Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr, VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor), OttawaON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Registration is required (limited tickets!)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interactive-tour-of-carleton-universitys-advanced-cognitive-engineering-ace-lab-tickets-13337848865

What:

The ACE lab is associated with the Visualization and Simulation (VSIM) Centre, the mission of which is to discover fundamental principles of human perception and cognition and to apply these principles to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems.  Examples of research projects at the ACE Lab include:

  • Aging, cognition health and general aviation pilots
  • Motion cueing and simulator-based flight training
  • Embodied cognition in virtual cockpit training systems
  • Virtual training system for search and rescue operators
  • The VSIM Holodeck project (this is a new initiative).

We’ll open the doors at 6:00pm as usual (room TBD) with some light refreshments and networking. The tour will begin at 6:30pm, so don’t be late! We’ll head to either Mike’s or Oliver’s (the campus bars) afterward for further networking.

Why is this a paid event?

While most of our events are free, we have decided to ask for a small amount to reserve your spot on the tour. We are space limited to 30 participants and want to ensure that those who register will come, rather than taking a spot from someone who would otherwise be there. If the event sells out, please put your name on the waiting list! We will provide refunds up to 48 hours prior to the event, so any vacated spots will be offered to those on the waiting list. Also, if the waiting list is long enough, we could try to put together a second visit to the ACE lab on a different date.

What can you expect to see on the tour?

We will tour the ACE Lab’s simulator infrastructure, including:

  • Full motion (6-dof) helicopter simulator
  • Motion cueing seat
  • Bell 206-type flight simulator
  • Hi-definition 8-channel large scale display system

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone will be able to demo the simulators, but many will have the opportunity!

Will there be a presentation, or just the tour?

Dr. Chris Herdman will present a brief introduction to the VSIM Centre and the ACE Lab.
A general overview of the various projects will be given while touring the facility.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Herdman has been on the faculty at Carleton University since 1988 where he is currently a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, as well as Scientific Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Visualization, Simulation and Modelling (VSIM).  During his 25+ years at Carleton, Dr. Herdman has distinguished himself as a psychologist and inter-disciplinarian, but particularly as a leader in the establishment and scientific direction of the VSIM Centre where he is not only the Director, but also the team’s Principal Investigator.  Dr. Herdman has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing scientific research, attracting approximately $43M in research funding. He is accredited with securing funding of $28.8M for the VSIM Centre, an amount which included not only $14M from Federal and Provincial Government agencies, but also close to $15M from industry partners.  Dr. Herdman’s own research approach is to link basic research in human cognition to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems through the use of modelling and virtual reality simulations.

Under Dr. Herdman’s direction, the VSIM Centre has developed over 20 industry partners from across Canada who are actively engaged in research and development. The Centre is also directly connected to key government agencies and research labs, including the NRC, Transport Canada, and the Department of Defence labs across Canada. As the Director, Dr. Herdman ensures the VSIM Centre is very involved in education and outreach, providing hands-on projects for high school students, sponsoring over 50 public tours and demonstrations (annually) for government research agencies and Federal (and) Provincial government ministries,  as well as hosting diplomats, scientists and officials from all over the world.

Dr. Herdman received his Honours B.Sc. in Psychology in 1979 from Trent University and subsequently a(n) M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Alberta.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00 pm at Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr, VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor), OttawaON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Registration is required (limited tickets!)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interactive-tour-of-carleton-universitys-advanced-cognitive-engineering-ace-lab-tickets-13337848865 

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2013-10-04 Carleton University Psychology 60th Anniversary Celebration

Carleton University Psychology Department’s 60th Anniversary Celebration!

To acknowledge this momentous occasion, the department will be hosting a series of events over the weekend of October 4th to 6th, 2013. The festivities will include an opening cocktail reception, past graduate and faculty speakers, lab tours, graduate student poster presentations, a banquet, and a closing day Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for a 60th Anniversary Scholarship. Please save the dates in your calendar and join us.

For more info, events schedule and registration, visit:

http://www2.carleton.ca/psychology/60th-anniversary/

2012-06-19 A Sketch-based game for learning images

A Sketch-based game for learning images

Presented by Dr. David Mould, Carleton University

Date: Tuesday June 19th, 2012
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

This month’s event also includes our annual AGM.

Abstract:

This talk describes a game we created, intended to help players learn about annotated images. The game activity involved searching the image for hidden glyphs, which once found had to be traced by the player. Each glyph was associated with a fact about the image, revealed once the glyph was discovered. The game increased interest and learning dramatically compared to a traditional textbook view, which we attribute to enlisting the player’s active attention and spatial memory.

Bio:

Dr. Mould is an Associate Professor at Carleton University, which he joined in 2008. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan. His PhD is from the University of Toronto, where he was part of the Dynamic Graphics Project. His research interests include computer games, procedural modeling, and artistic rendering.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 19th, 6:00 pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant. The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the talk begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. An informal social gathering will follow at a nearby pub.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.