Media Advisory - Centre for Learning Technologies' Emoti-Chair brings vibrations of music to the deaf

    New exhibit at Ontario Science Centre allows guests to use Emoti-Chair to
    see, hear and feel

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:        The Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University
                 in collaboration with SMART (Science of Music, Auditory
                 Research and Technology) Lab, proudly present the Emoti-
                 Chair now on exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre. Through
                 the Alternative Sensory Information Display (ASID) project,
                 a cross-modal audio-tactile display chair allows the Deaf to
                 feel the vibrations of music, sound and video.

    WHO:         Dr. Deb Fels, Director, Centre for Learning Technologies and
                 Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Information
                 Technology Management, Ryerson University
                 Dr. Frank Russo, Director of SMART lab and Assistant
                 Professor, Psychology, Ryerson University
                 Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University
                 Ellen Hibbard, Culture and Communications PhD student,
                 Researcher, Centre for Learning Technologies
                 Members of Emoti-Chair Research Team

    WHEN:        Thursday, October 9, 2008
                 Registration: 3:30 p.m.
                 Live Concert (featuring The Stephane Vera Experience, The
                 Sisters Chan & Madeline): 4 p.m.
                 President Levy speaks: 4:30 p.m.
                 Reception: 5 p.m.

    WHERE:       Ontario Science Centre
                 770 Don Mills Road (at the corner of Eglinton Ave. East)
                 Toronto, Ont.
                 (*)   Please sign-in at the main entrance

    INTERVIEWS:  Interviews with Dr. Fels, Dr. Russo and members of the
                 research team will be available. Hibbard, a member of the
                 research team, who has been deaf since birth, is also
                 available for interviews and will have an ASL interpreter
                 with her.

    Media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Lisa Copeland by e-mailing or calling (416) 979-5000 x 2523.

For further information:

For further information: Sarah Hayward, Ted Rogers School of Management,
Ryerson University, Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7709,

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