The Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto seeks to employ a postdoctoral researcher for a funded project in Inclusive Design as part of Project AEGIS. The goal of the AEGIS research project is to radically improve ICT user experience for people with functional limitations, people lacking digital competence, and marginalized older and younger populations.
The Project AEGIS postdoctoral position to be located in the IDI Mobile and Pervasive Computing Cluster at the University of Toronto will focus on the role of ‘participatory material culture’ in serving these needs. Research questions to be addressed may include: How can rapid prototyping and “3-d printing” technologies and smart sensors be used to empower individuals to personalize, customize, and experience their environments in new ways? What is the status of places and objects in a participatory material culture? What tools and interfaces are necessary to open up the possibilities of new ICT for a variety of populations? What are the economically sustainable infrastructure models necessary for supporting participatory material culture?