Nick Berezny, MASc Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University
Supervisor: Dr. Mojtaba Ahmadi
My current research is focused on robotics, specifically the application of robotics to stroke rehabilitation, where outcomes may be improved by providing longer duration therapy. Additionally, I hope to use virtual games and haptic feedback to increase patient engagement. The READi program will provide me with knowledge to make these devices more accessible, especially to stroke patients.
Maham Farooq, MDes, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University
Supervisor: Prof. Chantal Trudel
Previous research work includes “Accessing the situation and developing a need oriented solution for disaster struck population.”
Current research interest “Looking at human abilities and adapting a holistic approach to move towards a barrier free world.”
Alicia Gal, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
Supervisor: Dr. Adrian D. C. Chan
My interest lies in biomechanics and sports engineering for the sport of para-ice hockey/sledge hockey; more specifically in injury prevention, performance enhancement, equipment design, and long-term development.
Nicola Oddy, PhD Cultural Mediations, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University
Supervisor: Dr. Jesse Stewart
My doctoral research is based on Environmental Vocal Exploration – the exploration of singing in unusual places – and understanding how this relates to perceptions of our voices in our culture. For READi, I am interested in knowing how music making and in particular, singing, can become an experience that is accessible to those who cannot easily participate.
Aditi Singh, MA Human-Computer Interaction, School of Information Technology, Carleton University
Supervisor: Dr. Audrey Girouard
My masters research is based on the deformable interaction methods – an exploration of deformable gestures and understanding how users interact with deformable devices under various conditions. For READi, I am interested in investigating how deformable interactions can enhance the sensory experience and make technology more inclusive.
Ebic Tristary, MDes, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University
Supervisor: Prof. Chantal Trudel/Dr. Adrian D. C. Chan
My Master thesis research is on conversion of publication media from print to digital; more specifically in publishing media, such as newspaper and magazines, where most of printed media are now starting to convert from print to digital format. For READi, I am interested in learning more on how the digital media conversion can meet global accessibility standards and how these digital media can be accessed by audience as widely as possible.
Adrian Schneider, PhD in Computer Science, School of Computing, Queen’s University
Supervisor: Dr. Nicholas Graham
My doctoral research is in digital games, and in how we can characterize the various types of ability a player may have—such as gross motor function, fine motor function, and reaction time—and balance between them so players of different ability levels can play together. For READi, I am interested in the great body of knowledge in accessible and inclusive design about how people’s abilities differ.
Elizabeth Hoskin, MASc Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University
Supervisor: Dr. Claire Davies
I am interested in technology that provides people with disabilities access to affordable recreation. I am excited to be a part of the READi program to learn and work with an interdisciplinary group while focusing on real world accessibility issues.