Presentations and Publications

Publications (2010-16)

  • Sara Diamond (in print) The Fabric of Memory – Towards the Ontology of Contemporary Textiles, in Janis Jeffries, (ed), Handbook of Textiles, London: Bloomsbury.  
  • Adam Tindale, Michael Cumming, Hudson Pridham, Jessica Peter, Sara Diamond (2014) Wearable Haptic Gaming Using Vibro-Tactile Displays. Mobile HCI, ACM, Toronto.
  • Conor Holler, Patrick Crowe, Alex Mayhew, Adam Tindale, Sara Diamond (2014) Time Tremors: Developing Transmedia Games for Children. Mobile HCI, ACM, Toronto.
  • Steve Szigeti, Joanne Patrasc, David Schnitman, Sara Diamond (2014) Stacked-Stacked Bar Graph: A New Twist on an Old Visualization. InfoVis, IEEE.
  • Hudson Pridham, Anne Stevens, Steve Szigeti, Sara Diamond (2014) Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan. Fostering Insight and Collaboration in Long-Term Healthcare through the Collection and Visualization of Qualitative Healthcare Data. Mobile HCI, ACM. Toronto, 2014.
  • Anne Stevens, Hudson Pridham, Steve Szigeti, Sara Diamond, Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan (2014) The Care and Condition Monitor: A Tablet Based Tool for Visualizing Informal Qualitative Health Care Data, InfoVis. IEEE.
  • Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan, Sara Diamond, Steve Szigeti, Fanny Chevalier, Anne Stevens, Maziar Ghaderi, Borzu Talaie, Derek Reilly (2014) Designing Portable Solutions to Support Collaborative Workflow in Long-Term Care: A Collaborative Strategy. Computer Supported Collaborative Work –, 2014, Taipai.
  • Szegeti, S., Lee, Jonathan; Stevens. A., Tu, Robert; Jofre, A.; Gebhardt, A., Chevalier, F., Diamond, S. (2014) Output to Input: Concepts for Physical Data Representations and Tactile User Interfaces. CHI 2014, Apr 26 - May 01 2014, Toronto, ON, Canada, ACM.
  • Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan, Sara Diamond, Anne Stevens, Borzu Talaie, and Maziar Ghaderi (2013) Visualization of Residents in Long-term Care Centres through Mobile Natural User Interfaces (NUI), LDAV 2013, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Diamond, S. (2013) Canadian Universities Support High Performing Researchers, Research Money.
  • Diamond S. (in print) Moving Softly Forward, In Borders and Interfaces: The Challenges of Wearable Technology Design, eds. Paraguai, L. & Zuanon, R., Sao Paolo: Assunto Press.
  • Diamond, S. (in print) Materiality and Mediation, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Cambridge, MA
  • Diamond, S. (2013) Canadian Universities Support High Performing Researcher, Ottawa, Research Money.
  • Arunachalan, B., Diamond, S., Stevens, A., Talaie, B., Ghaderi, M. (2013) Visualization of Residents in Long-Term Care Centres through Mobile Natural User Interfaces (NUI), LDAV, Atlanta, 2013.
  • Diamond, S. & Roberts, V. (2013) Taking Ontario Mobile. Toronto: Mobile Experience Innovation Centre and OCAD University.
  • Diamond, S. (2012) Many Points of Light: Visualization and the Converging Aesthetics of Art, Design and Science, Reprinted 2012, in Critical Digital Studies Reader. ed. Kroker, A. & M. L. Toronto: UT Press.
  • Diamond, S. (2012) with Cook, S., Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff new media dialogues, Banff: Banff Centre Press and University of Waterloo, Riverside Architectural Press.
  • Guia, G., Oliver, S., Diamond, S., Chevalier, F. (2012) Visualizing Sentiments in Business Customer Relationships. ACM, CHI’12, May 5–10, 2012, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Oliver, S.; Gali, Guia, Chevalier, F. & Diamond, S. (2012) Fracturing Media Paradigms: Online Navigation of Online News Media. ACM. DIS 2012, June 11-15, 2012, Newcastle, UK
  • Chevalier, F &. Diamond, S. (2010) The Use of Real Data in Fine Arts for Insight and Discovery: Case Studies in Text Analysis IEEE VisWeek 2010, Discovery Exhibition, Salt Lake City, October 2010
  • Diamond, S.  Diamond (2010 – ongoing) Regular Expert Contributor to Canvas8
  • Diamond, S. (2010) Many Points of Light: Visualization and the Converging Aesthetics of Art, Design and Science, In C Theory ed. Kroker, A. & M. L. Reprinted 2012, in Critical Digital Studies Reader. ed. Kroker, A. & M. L. Toronto: UT Press.
  • Diamond, S.  (2010) Mapping the Collective, In (ed) Vesna, Victoria and Paul, Christiane, Context Creators Cambridge: Intelligence Press.
  • Diamond, S.  (2010) Moving Out of Bounds In (eds) Buckley, B. & Conomo, J. Rethinking the Contemporary Art School. Halifax: NSCAD University Press.

Lectures and Presentations

  • 2017: Presentation of Building Tools for Creative Data Exploration: a Comparative Overview of Data-driven Design and User-Centered Design. Chaired: Design, Development and Evaluation of Smart Environments at HCI International Conference.
  • 2017:  Keynote Speaker at VRTO2017 (Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo), provided talk entitled From Virtual reality to Visualization:  Reflections on immersive Media in Canada 1989-2005.
  • 2017:  Participated in a Panel discussion on Game Theory and the Brain: How Gamification is Leading to Better Brain Health and Outcomes at BIO International Convention.
  • 2017:  Speaker at The Graduate Research In Progress (GRIP) symposium at University of Toronto Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • 2017:  Speaker at Canada 2020 Conference and spoke about using a design lens to build smarter, more vibrant cities.
  • 2017:  Presented a talk entitled: Untapped opportunities for digital tools in artistic production at the Canadian Arts Summit in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI).
  • 2017:  Toronto tech boom poised to bring good and bad. Toronto Star article
  • 2017:  Participated in the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Smart Cities Summit panel discussion: Smart Cities Working Group Report to the City & The Way Forward.
  • 2017:  Participated in the Governor General’s Roundtable on: Learning Abroad and Canada's Global Engagement Challenge.
  • 2017:  Keynote Speaker at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) General Assembly.
  • 2017: Live interview at GradEx with CP24CP 24 Breakfast
  • 2017: Participated in an Armchair Discussion event for public servants, with the theme of: Transforming our Organization Through Big Data.
  • 2017: Keynote Speaker at the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) 2017 Innovation Forum, and Panelist at the ISPIM: The Responsive City.
  • 2017: Presented talk at Limmud Annual Jewish Learning Festival.
  • 2017:  Participated in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fireside Chat 2017.
  • 2017:  Keynote Speaker at Data Visualization and Internet of Things (IoT).
  • 2017:  Participated in an Executive Panel Discussion: The Power of Digital Government, A Data-Driven City
  • 2017:  Featured in 150 Stories a collection of stories and images that speak about what it means to be Canadian in Ontario.
  • 2017:  Panelist at the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN) discussion entitled: STEM, Learning in a Technology and Digital Futures.
  • 2017:  Moderator at the Universities Canada’s Pluralism in the Arts Panel - Converge 2017.
  • 2017:  Panelist at the Digital Media at Crossroads discussion entitled Creative Clusters: Can Canada Compete?
  • 2016: Keynote Speaker at Universities Canada and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences plenary on Inclusive Innovation entitled: STEAM+D: Complex Creative Skills for an Age of Transformation.
  • 2016: Participated in the City of Toronto’s Panel Discussion on Digital Change Agents.
  • 2016: Plenary panelist ‘Feminist Perspectives on Culture and Technology’ at The Toronto School.
  • 2016: Panelist at the Hot Docs Culture Workers Unwind event
  • 2016: Keynote Speaker at IDEABOOST Demo Day and Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) 'Enterprising Culture' .
  • 2016:  Presentation of Smart Cities and Creative Energies at World Future Cities Summit.  
  • 2016: Presentation of Big Transportation Data for Big Cities at University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute.
  • 2016: Keynote Speaker at the McLuhan Lecture of the Transmediale Festival 
  • 2016: SWR Radio Station interview with Simone Reber 
  • 2016: Big Data: Internet of Things Innovation Roundtable at the DMZ Ryerson University sponsored by the Public Policy Forum 
  • 2016: TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin: Cities within Cities 
  • 2016: Future Visions of Technology & AICAD campuses. Presented alongside Alastair Macleod facilitated by David Grant 
  • 2016: Discoverability Summit: Moderated discussion entitled:  Evidence Based Data and Analytics
  • 2016: Participated in the Roundtable Discussion on Ontario's Digital Government Action Plan
  • 2016: Participated in the Toronto Board of Trade "Smart Cities Summit" as Moderator and Summary Provider 
  • 2014: Co-Chair Mobile HCI Conference, ACM.  Toronto.
  • 2014: Representing Data: Visualization, Sonification, Tangible Data Representation, Sculpting, Vibro-tactile and Wearable Displays. Keynote. CANVAS, Vancouver, 2014.
  • 2014: Care and Condition Monitor: Support for Long-Term Care, CANVAS, Vancouver, 2014. With Hudson Pridham, Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan, Anne Stevens.
  • 2014: Data Data Everywhere! University of Technology, Eindhoven.
  • 2014: Visual Analytics for HealthCare; keynote PAHCE, Brasilia.
  • 2013: With Szegeti, S. (2013) Social Media Data Visualization: Case Study Globe and Mail. CIV-DDD Workshop, IBM Cascon, Ecosystems of Engagement, Markham, 2013.
  • 2013: Canadian New Media Art + Technology, Kickoff Keynote Lecture, Canadian Studies Fortieth Anniversary Lecture Series, Trent University.
  • 2013:  Art, Technology, Imagination and Social Science, Keynote Panel, World Social Science Forum, Montreal.
  • 2013:  Visual Analytics, CIV-DDD. BRAVA Brazil, 2013.
  • Diamond, S. (2013) Moderator of “The Rebooted City: Why smart infrastructure and mobility is now vital to innovation”. The Innovation City, City Age, Waterloo, Ontario. 
  • 2013: Lessons One and Two, CWCT Digital Convergence Learning Hub PROJECT, Funded by MTCU.
  • 2013: Visual Analytics Workshop, Telefonica, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2013: Opening Keynote. Aesthetic Histories and Material Practices in Data Visualization, Encuentro Interuniversidad Argentina/Canada.
  • 2013: Invited Keynote, Visual Analytics, Collaborative Systems and Design and Health Research, SinnaInnovations, Mount Sinai Research Hospital, NYC
  • 2013: Invited Keynote, Art, Design, Science and Health – Insights on Collaboration. SINAInnovations, Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC, 2013.
  • 2013: Invited Speaker, Mobile Data, A Reliable Data? Data Marketing, Toronto, 2013.
  • 2013: Panel Ontario Innovation, Meeting of the Minds, Toronto, 2013
  • 2013: Aesthetic Traditions and Challenges for the Field of Visual Analytics, Keynote, CANVAS, Halifax, 2013
  • 2013: Designing Visual Analytics Tools for Mobile Healthcare Platform, Workshop for CANVAS, Halifax, 2013
  • 2013: Cultivating the Data Harvest, TedX OCAD U, Toronto.
  • 2013: Data Driven Design: New Approaches to Visual Analytics. Coast to Coast Lecture Series, Canada.
  • 2013: Euphoria & Dystopia, Graduate Student Symposium and Research Seminar, OCAD University and NCE GRAND. Organized, chaired and provided research methodologies presentation. Toronto.
  • 2013: Taking Ontario Mobile, Multiple Presentations, Lac Carling Keynote; Discovery OCE Keynote and Panel Moderator; Ontario Government Ministry of Education and Training Colleges and Universities Seminar; Deputy Ministers’ Roundtable, etc.
  • 2012: Visualization for Smarter Analytics, CASCON, Co-organizer with Stephen Jou, IBM and Presenter.
  • 2012: Visualization and Aesthetics, McLuhan 100th Anniversary Conference, University of Toronto.
  • 2012: Euphoria & Dystopia: The History of the Banff New Media Institute, Huron College, Western University, Derry Lecture.
  • 2012: Converging at The Source: Art, Science + Technology, Media Art Networks of Canada Lecture.
  • 2012: Taking Ontario Mobile:  Designing Community Engagement, Invited Lecture, Wilfred Laurier Special Speaker.
  • 2012: Designing for Sustainability and Health, Invited Lecture, University of Brasilia
  • 2012: Building a Values-Driven Institution, Big Wave/Kumuwuki Community Arts Conference, Australia.2011: Leading in the Age of Imagination: Assessing Change and Partnership and the Art & Design Institution, Keynote, MDE11/Encuentro Internacional, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin Colombia.
  • 2012: Art and Ecology, College Art Association, Los Angeles
  • 2012: Keynote Panel, Political Economies of Research, Remaking Research, AICAD, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. 

Research Funding

2014: Visual Analytics for Decision Making in Next Generation Media Properties, Funded by the National Science, Engineering Research Council, CRD ($150,000) Co-principal investigator.

  • 2013: Multi-Platform Game Distribution System for Popular and Experimental Technologies, Funded by the National Science, Engineering Research Council, CRD ($150,000) Co-principal investigator.
  • 2013: FemTech, SSHRC Connections, Co-Principal Investigator ($19,500)
  • 2013: Design of Mobile Natural Interfaces for Visualization and Management of Large Patient Databases, Principal Investigator, MITACS ($250,000)
  • 2013: Enhanced identification and visualization of relevant social media content and free form text: relationship, affect, information influence and diversity, Funded by the National Science, Engineering Research Council, Co-Principal investigator, Strategic Grant ($294,000)
  • 2012: MEIC Net, Co-Principal investigator, funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation ($165,000)
  • 2012:  Researching and Accessing the Blogosphere, with Andrew Salway, University of Bergen, Research Council of Norway (3 years, $150,000)
  • 2012: CWCT Digital Convergence Learning Hub PROJECT, Online Project Funded by MTCU, Ontario ($155,000).
  • 2011:  Mobile Industries Report, funded by Ontario Media Development Corporation and City of Toronto ($51,000)
  • 2011: Taking Ontario Mobile, Principal Investigator, with Vera Roberts and research team, funded by Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario ($249,000) and industry partners.
  • 2010: Impacts of Arts on the Quality of Life at the Neighbourhood Level: Collaborator, SSHRC ($160,559)
  • 2010 – 2015: Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design: Co-Applicant, funded by the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario ($3,844,826 ORFE portion)
2010: SEXMONEYMEDIA: An International Workshop on Women in Media, Principal Investigator, SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada ($25,000)

Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues

by Sara Diamond (Editor), Sarah Cook (Editor)

Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues

Cultural Human Resource Council

The Cultural Human Resource Council (CHRC) organized a national roundtable on the impact of emerging digital technologies on the cultural sector, in Ottawa on June 16, 2011. OCAD U President Dr. Sara Diamond had agreed to be a “thought leader” for the web-based interactive forum, which has been a key part of the consultative process. It has seeded considerable discussion and widespread feedback on our subject. Dr. Diamond was then invited as a leader in digital media and in education to provide a keynote address that would kick off the roundtable with some inspiring and visionary ideas that acknowledged trends and opportunities in Canadian cultural content. The talk also suggested the possibilities of collaborative action in training, research and creation. This built on her initial posting that suggested the need to have a cultural “workforce” that is truly at the cutting edge of innovation:

It’s time to submit to convergence. For years media production required significant overhead. This is no longer the case as accessible and reasonable production technology is now available.

For years technologies were unstable, incapable of living up to producers’ concepts, alienating users or audiences, requiring endless simplification and painful usability testing. Platforms even the newest are now robust. We are back to the future in a world where content counts. For example, tablet computing offers intimate access to rich interactive experiences either as a standalone medium or in concert with other screens, or live entertainment. Mobile applications guide us through museums and galleries in didactic or playful ways.

Digital media are malleable creating new aesthetic possibilities by allowing the infinite layering of images, effects, and disparate forms of content. It is easier than ever to create an art work for multiple screens (online, big screen, mobile). While tools may be cheap, their articulate use never comes easily, requiring discipline as does any creative form.

Digital media reframes our aesthetic judgments. Speed characterizes the digital aesthetic. Three dynamics are worth noting: the ubiquitous nature of video; ‘gamification’ and ‘social media’. YouTube has created a world where amateur and professional video plays side by side. We are bombarded by video. There is a premium on the spectacular and bizarre awash in a quantum of banality, with occasional rays of brilliance. Yet YouTube has become a critical media for the dissemination of documentary and marketing materials, for understanding cultural dynamics and audiences and for disseminating media art. ‘Gamification’ is the use of game dynamics in shaping all forms of media experiences and interfaces, with gaming approaches seeking into the larger culture. We are witnessing a trend that, like the ‘webification’ of print media, ‘gamification’ will change narrative structures. Finally, for major brands as much as fifty percent of their marketing occurs through social media suggesting that the cultural sector might do well to pay attention to common tools that link fans and critics, such as Facebook or Twitter, or better, carefully created dynamic websites that foster dialogue with audiences.

The digital revolution has ended and digital world has begun and with it a land of virtual opportunities.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

In preparation for the upcoming Executive Heads mission to Brazil the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) organized a workshop on strategic engagement with Brazil. Dr. Sara Diamond, José Celso Freire Junior and Fabio Theophilo participated as panelists on the session “Collaborating for success.” The panel compared conditions in university and research practice in Brazil and Canada. Dr. Diamond presented OCAD U's efforts to build research and innovation in the mobile sector through a series of OCAD U-led missions with the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, MobileFest and partner universities in Brazil. The panel session, moderated by Ryerson University’s Marsha McEachrane Mikhail, took place on June 14, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Ottawa.

Dr. Sara Diamond on the AUCC Brazil mission

President Diamond reflects on one of the dates of the recent Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada's Presidents' Mission to Brazil, during which OCAD U signed partnership agreements with several Brazilian institutions.