Media preview: Ryerson researchers to give demonstration of 'Emoti-Chair'



    
    Multimedia system to be unveiled at concert accessible to people who are
    deaf or hard of hearing - revolutionizing the way they may experience
    music
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:    Media preview of Emoti-Chair and MusicViz projects, multimedia
             systems developed to open up a new world for people who are deaf
             or hard of hearing to experience music in a concert setting. The
             technology was developed by researchers from the Ted Rogers
             School of Management's Centre for Learning Technologies (CLT)
             and the Ryerson University Department of Psychology's Science of
             Music, Auditory Research and Technology (SMART) lab.

             Media will be able to personally experience the Emoti-Chair at
             the preview prior to covering the concert for people who are
             deaf or hard of hearing on March 5.

    WHEN:    Wednesday, Feb. 25
             11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    WHERE:   Ted Rogers School of Management
             575 Bay St. (entrance at 55 Dundas St. W.)
             Room 1-003, 7th floor, 11 a.m.

    AGENDA:

      -  Researchers from CLT and SMART lab explain how Emoti-Chair and
         MusicViz technology makes music more accessible for people who are
         deaf or hard of hearing and discuss how the technology will be used
         at the Toronto concert scheduled at Clinton's Tavern on March 5.
      -  Musicians from Hollywood Swank, one of bands to perform at the
         concert, will play songs while students who are deaf or hard of
         hearing sit in Emoti-Chairs and experience the music.
      -  A Toronto artist who partnered with research team will play music he
         composed specifically for Emoti-Chair technology to showcase
         system's versatility.
      -  Researchers will demonstrate MusicViz, computer software used in
         conjunction with Emoti-Chair to help deaf or hard-of-hearing people
         'visualize' music. MusicViz will be unveiled at the concert
         organized by the researchers.
      -  Media will have the opportunity to experience the Emoti-Chairs.

    WHO:

    -  Deborah Fels, Director, CLT and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School
       of Information Technology Management
    -  Frank Russo, Director, SMART lab and Assistant Professor, Department
       of Psychology
    -  Maria Karam, post doctoral fellow at CLT
    -  Graduate students from the Emoti-Chair research team
    -  Stéphane Vera, composer and music partner to Emoti-Chair project
    -  Ellen Hibbard, PhD candidate, Graduate Program in Communications and
       Culture, and member of CLT. Hibbard has been deaf since birth.
    -  David Fourney, PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate
       program and member of CLT. Fourney is hard-of-hearing.
    





For further information:

For further information: To reserve a place, please contact: Suelan
Toye, Public Affairs, Ryerson University, Office: (416) 979-5000 x 7161,
stoye@ryerson.ca; Sarah Hayward, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson
University, Office: (416) 979-5000 x 7709, shayward@ryerson.ca


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