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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Computer Science research

The following research laboratories and groups conduct Computer Science research at Ontario Tech University:

  • Human-Centred Computing Laboratory 

    The Human-Centred Computing (HCC) Laboratory is a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)-funded research lab under the direction of Jeremy Bradbury, PhDChristopher Collins, PhD, and Julie Thorpe, PhD. The HCC Lab is a unique space at the university, designed for conducting controlled experiments that allow researchers to better understand and evaluate how people interact with leading-edge computer technology.

    The lab includes two main areas:

    • An experimental area where human participants interact with software running on a variety of devices, including large-screen touch displays, desktop computers and mobile devices. This area is equipped for participant observation and includes a mobile head-mounted eye-tracker, recording software and multiple video cameras.
    • An observation area for real-time observation of the participants. This area is equipped with a workstation to run usability observation software and two monitors for experiment observers. 
  • Laboratory for Advanced User Interfaces and Virtual Reality

    The Laboratory for Advanced User Interfaces and Virtual Reality is under the direction of Mark Green, PhD. It provides a range of specialized equipment for 3D graphics, user interface and haptics research. There are currently four main research projects utilizing the facilities in this laboratory.

    One of these projects is exploring software tools that enable the interactive visualization of the results of large scale scientific and engineering computations while the computations are running. This allows researchers to make more efficient use of high performance computers.

    A second project is investigating interactive 3D user interfaces for medical visualization applications with the aim of making it easier to locate tumours.

    A third project is using haptics as an alternative interface for controlling electronic devices, such as radios or cell phones, within automobiles.

    The fourth project is investigating techniques for the automatic construction of user interfaces for mobile applications.