Multimedia system to be unveiled at concert accessible to people who are
deaf or hard of hearing - revolutionizing the way they may experience
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Deborah Fels, Director, CLT and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School
of Information Technology Management
- Frank Russo, Director, SMART lab and Assistant Professor, Department
- 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,
email@example.com; Sarah Hayward, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson
University, Office: (416) 979-5000 x 7709, firstname.lastname@example.org