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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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April 23, 2014

Speakers: Kate Sellen and Richard Hunt, OCAD University 

Title: Realtime Disambiguation of Letters and Numbers Using Typographic Strageties

Abstract: The problem of error in medicine prescription is a widely recognized threat to patient safety. A relatively common source of error derives from the communication and interpretation of printed medication names and dosages [Dean et al, 2002]. Confusion of names, confirmation bias, and dosage errors are some of the causes of medical error; such misreadings often result from misleading visual representation of words and figures, [Lizby 2005].

The Safefont project addresses the issue of misreading through improved approaches to typographical communication. The research initiative comprises an interdisciplinary team with technical, human factors, and typographical expertise to create a flexible typeface capable of real time disambiguation of letters and numbers, for a range of display types. By combining ideas from visualization and medical error projects with the needs for adaptable typefaces for seniors, the SafeFont project was created to develop an adaptable dynamic typeface for disambiguation of letters and numbers. This is of interest to researchers in the areas of medical error as well as inclusive design.

Biography: Kate Sellen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University where she works on digital innovation in medical settings, including surgical suites, palliative care, and long-term care. She also holds a master's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Digital Media and a Master of Research from University College London's Interdisciplinary Master's Program. 

Richard Hunt has worked in the design field for more than 25 years, specializing in typographical practice and acting as a consultant to many notable designers and other institutions across North America, including Bruce Mau Design, Zone Books, Rizzoli and the Getty Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Victoria, British Columbia and an Master of Design from York University in Toronto, Ontario.