||Stacey D. Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering
Cross Appointment, English Language and Literature
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
p: 1-519-888-4567 x32236
e: stacey (dot) scott (at) uwaterloo (dot) ca
I am an Assistant Professor of Systems Design Engineering, with a cross appointment in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. I am also the Director of the Collaborative Systems Laboratory and Associate Director of University of Waterloo's Games Institute. My research and teaching specialty is in human-computer interaction and computer-supported collaboration, with a special interest in developing technology that enhances human-human interaction in face-to-face environments. My particular area of specialization is in the development of digital tabletop computer technology for supporting various face-to-face collaborative and social endeavors, including both serious pursuits such as military command and control and emergency response, and more playful pursuits such as board gaming.
As a strong advocate of the potential of digital tabletop technology to support collaboration – yes even (way) before the invention of the Microsoft Surface – I am heavily involved in the interactive tabletop and surface international research and development community, as well as in the more broad communities of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). I co-guest edited a special issue of the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications journal (2006) on digital tabletops, and have twice served as Program Chair of the ACM (formally IEEE) International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (2007 and 2009).
More recently, I have devoted my efforts to promoting digital tabletops to industry and students. In 2010, I became a co-founder and theme lead of SurfNet, an NSERC Strategic Network focused on tabletops and interactive surfaces. In 2010, I also co-founded and now serve as the Canadian Director of a Canadian-EU exchange program, Leif: A Multicultural Exploration into Research and Education for Surface Computing, to promote exchanges between Canada and European universities engaged in tabletop and surface research. This program offers students an exciting opportunity to travel to one of four partner universities in Europe (in France, Germany and Austria) to work on cutting-edge digital surface research projects.
If you are interested in learning more about or participating in any of these initiatives, please feel free to contact me.
Areas of Graduate Supervision
- Interface and interaction design for large-format interactive digital displays (e.g. interactive tabletops and walls),
- Investigations of the use of large-format interactive digital displays,
- Collaborative and communication practices related to technology use,
- Collaborative gaming technologies and impact of gaming technologies on collaboration and socialization practices.
If you are interested in any of these, or related areas, please visit my Student Opportunities page for more information what type of background I typically look for in a student. Please take note of the required background, as I will not consider graduate students without these foundational credentials.