Higher Ed

Dr. Deborah Fels

Dr. Deborah Fels has a PhD (1994) in Human Factors from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is currently employed as a professor in Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, and the Director of the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. Her research interests involve inclusive design, access to media and technology for people with disabilities and older adults, inclusive video game design, and inclusive business. She has published over 150 articles on inclusive technologies and applications, and received three patents. Dr. Fels is also a professional engineer.

Current research projects include:

  • emotive captioning and music visualization (including software application EnACT for adding animation to text)
  • audio description (including software tools LiveDescribe and LiveDescribe Web)
  • TerpTube: co-creator for creating online sign language web pages and for sign language interpreter training support tool
  • sensory substitution techniques for access to sound and visual information (including creation of a vibrotactile system called the Emoti-chair and a vibrotactile music facility, the VibroFusionLab)
  • mixed-reality gaming for older adults
  • needs analysis methods that are inclusive of older adults
  • gamification in education