Isabel Pedersen

Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture
Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Speaker abstract

Pedersen explores how wearable computer devices and gadgets worn on the body shift reality for the wearer, and alter the ways that people interact with others and participate in digital culture. She is interested in how society is persuaded to adopt these gadgets as they are embodied in vast discursive contexts such as popular film, traditional mythology, social media outlets, government ideologies, posthuman and transhuman beliefs, and inventors’ writing.

She concentrates on inventions promised for the future as these predictions also bear consequences for humanity in the present. Currently, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) standard grant for her research under the title Wearable Mobile Augmented. Her Book Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media will be released in 2013.


Cathal Gurrin

Doctor and Lecturer, School of Computing, at Dublin City University
Visiting researcher at the University of Tromso
Director of the Human Media Archives research group
Collaborating investigator, CLARITY Centre for Sensor Web Technologies.


Cathalls research interest is in information retrieval (IR), though he has have a particular interest in how people access information from mobile devices (MHCIR). Cathal has an ongoing interest in Human Digital Memories and has gathered a digital memory since 2006 (incl. over 9 million sensecam images). Cathal is also interested in sensing the environment and the person through my involvement with CLARITY as a named collaborator and has an interest in a topic called CIR (Cognitive Information Retrieval). In addition, he still maintains an interest in Information Seeking on the WWW, which was the topic of his PhD.



Monique Morrow

Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Cisco
Research and Advanced Development Group

Speaker abstract

Morrow has over 20 years experience in IP internetworking that includes design, implementation of complex customer projects and service development for service providers. Monique has worked for both enterprise and service provider companies in the United States and in Europe. Monique led the Engineering Project team for one of the first European MPLS-VPN deployments in 1999 for a European service provider.

Monique was recognized for her 15 years achievement in MPLS at the MPLS Conference 2012 on October 29 2012. Monique has presented at numerous distinguished industry conferences on the topic of MPLS and Cloud Computing. At present, she is focused on the topics of the Internet of Things / Machine-to-Machine Communications / E-Health and Cloud Computing.

Her interest and expertise in the topic of MPLS, prompted her to co-author several well-respected books; and other publications. Monique is passionate about Girls in ICT and has been active at the ITU on this topic.



Teemu Leinonen

Associate Professor, Aalto University, Helsinki
New Media Design & Learning
Learning Environments Research Group
Media Lab, Department of Media

Since 1998 Teemu has led the Learning Environments research group ( of the Media Lab (, Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki (http://taik.aalto.fii). The research group has coordinated research and development project, funded by The European Commission in the Information Society Technologies (IST) framework, UNESCO, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the National Technology Agency of Finland (TEKES). In 2008-2009 Teemu was the acting head of department of the the Media Lab (

Teemu’s and his research group’s approach to research and design of New Media and learning is theory-based but design-oriented. The research group is internationally recognized from its open source virtual learning environment for knowledge building, called Fle3 ( and, a web community and platform for finding, authoring and sharing open and free learning resources, called LeMill (



Natasha Dow Schull

Associate Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Program in Science, Technology, and Society

Speaker abstract

Natasha Dow Schüll is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Her new book, ADDICTION BY DESIGN: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press 2012), draws on extended research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of the slot machines they play to explore the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her current, ongoing research concerns the emerging field of digital self-tracking and the new modes of introspection, experimentation, and self-governance it engenders. Schüll’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other sources.