Dr. Beth Coleman is Associate Professor of Data & Cities at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where she directs the City as Platform lab. Working in the disciplines of Science and Technology Studies and Critical Race Theory, her research focuses on smart technology & machine learning, urban data, and civic engagement. She is the author of Hello Avatar and multiple articles addressing issues of smart cities, urban data, augmentation & experience design, and critical race, among others. She has presented at leading international conferences and municipal contexts such as CHI; Sharing Cities, Barcelona; Gender and Cities, Geneva; Mars/Waterfront Toronto. Her research affiliations include the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University; Microsoft Research; Data & Society Institute, New York; and expert consultant for the European Commission Digital Futures. She is one of the foundational directors of Thriving Cities, Mistletoe Singapore. Her previous academic positions include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Waterloo. She has a history of international exhibition including venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and Musée d’Art moderne Paris.
Beth ColemanAssociate Professor
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Beth’s research focuses on experimental digital media, specializing in race theory, game culture and literary studies. She is currently working on two books, and previously published “Hello, Avatar,” a critically acclaimed book examining the many modes of online identity and how users live on the continuum between virtual and the real. Professor Coleman is the inaugural Director of the Black Research Network. Her current research investigates aspects of human narrative and digital data in the engagement of global cities, including aspects of locative media/ mobile media and smart cities.