Brian Sutherland


Supervisor: Matt Ratto

Brian Sutherland

Supervisor: Matt Ratto

It was suggested that the computer of the 21st century, (Weiser, 1991) would be a network of thousands of sensing computing devices, coordinating activity and providing care and support in the background of human societies.

Brian is researching how the confluence of new, low power sensing computers, short and long range wi-fi networks, and sustainable energy systems has the potential to “hybridize” objects and environments and so change the way we interact with information.
What relationships in personal life, education, work, healthcare, cultural institutions and public spaces are possible as pervasive computing becomes more common?  How might emerging systems and frameworks be implemented in an open and sustainable way that enhances and augments human lives?
In this research, Brian builds on previous career experiences as a primary/elementary teacher, e-learning design analyst, and Lecturer in Biomedical Communications (UofT), where he teaches scientific visualization design.

Brian has reached the candidacy stage in the iSchool PhD Flex Time Program. In 2019-2020 he will be teaching HSC402H5: Digital Learning Environments in Biology and Health Science and HSC301H5S: Data and Information Visualization. His research (in progress) is titled “Energy Harvesting Information Systems”.

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