Matt Ratto is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, Director of the Bachelor of Information degree program, and the Bell University Labs Chair in Human-Computer Interaction. His work explores the intersections between digital technologies and the human life world, with a particular focus on new developments that trouble the divide between online and offline modes of production. His work crosses both the boundaries between the digital and physical world and the divide between humanities and engineering disciplines. He coined the term ‘critical making” in 2007 to describe work that combines humanities insights and engineering practices, and has published extensively on this concept. A current project involves the development of a cost-effective software and hardware toolchain for the scanning, design, and 3D printing of lower-limb prostheses for use in the developing world. This work is being carried out in partnership with Hope and Healing International, and rehabilitation hospitals in Canada, Uganda, and Tanzania.
- Director, Bachelor of Information Degree
- Teaching Staff representative (Faculty of Information), University of Toronto Governing Council (July, 2020-July, 2023)
- Faculty representative for Division II, University of Toronto Graduate Education Council (GEC)
- Faculty liaison, Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization (2020)
- Faculty, Book History and Print Culture Collaborative Program
- Faculty, Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto