Drexel University, School of Education

The School of Education traces its roots back to when Drexel University was known as the Drexel Institute, and offered teacher training as part of its curriculum for women.

Today, the School of Education’s mission goes well beyond teacher training. We offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a wide variety of certificate, certification and professional development programs to meet the needs of educators and educational administrators.

The School of Education’s mission is to produce education leaders. Benefiting from Drexel University’s position as one of the premier technology universities, the School of Education provides technologically-based curriculum with a strong orientation in science, technology, and math.

Athabasca University, RAIC Centre for Architecture

Consistent with goals of the LASG Partnership, the RAIC Centre for Architecture has created a world class architectural education that takes the best of traditional and online learning and combines them into a model for education in the 21st Century. Like the research proposed by the LASG we are developing conceptual paradigms, curriculum models and design methods that will equip new generations of students with fundamental methods and concepts to analyze and design complex systems.

Michigan State University, Toolbox Dialogue Initiative

The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative provides a philosophical yet practical enhancement to cross-disciplinary, collaborative science. This enhancement comes primarily in the form of a dialogue-based “Toolbox workshop”, and it is intended for interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams of collaborators. Rooted in philosophical analysis, Toolbox workshops enable cross-disciplinary collaborators to engage in a structured dialogue about their research assumptions. This yields both self-awareness and mutual understanding, supplying cross-disciplinary research (CDR) collaborators with the robust foundation needed for effective collaborative research and practice.

Collaborative, cross-disciplinary research is an increasingly important part of responses to complex social problems. Complexity typifies certain problems facing human societies, such as poverty, infectious diseases, and the quest for sustainable use of natural resources. Improving the CDR required to address such problems is a significant challenge. Meeting this challenge will dramatically change how researchers think about research within and across disciplines and how they communicate in creating and applying new knowledge within collaborative research endeavors. Despite this challenge, practical approaches to enhancing collaboration have emerged slowly, lagging behind the initiation of collaborative projects and the increase in funding opportunities that encourage collaboration.

OCAD University

OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

York University, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

The Eversive Ecologies Cluster is a York-based research cluster dedicated to developing new technologies and artworks of unprecedented responsive complexity and somatic awareness that create a seamless continuum between virtual reality and the world we inhabit.

The environments that surround us have a profound influence on shaping human potentials for access and interaction with the world we inhabit, with the virtual information spaces, and with each other. From our vantage point at the beginning of the 21st century, the world we inhabit is becoming increasingly intertwined with digital systems and embedded technologies, such as ubiquitous wireless internet, multi-modal sensors, surveillance apparatus, and computer-controlled systems. Moreover we are on the cusp of an age of mixed realities in which virtual spaces of information blend spatially with our real environments, through audio-visually and somatically aware ambient sensing and immersive display; together forming an eversive disruption that turns the world we inhabit inside out. Today, end-user technology is about to pivot toward augmented visual experiences incorporated with our audio-visual and somatic experience to create a transparent natural human integration with technology that will become a disruptive and enabling transformation for society on par with the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and the Internet revolution of the 1990s. We can no longer usefully separate the three-dimensional physical space in which we live, breathe and experience our lives; the virtual space that is omnipresent through the interactive computational media that surround us; and the networked space whose topology connects people, places and things as independent spaces. These organic and synthetic spaces are becoming so deeply interwoven as to constitute a new ecology. A diversity of industries are already investing heavily in each of these areas, yet acknowledge the necessity of new creative technologies, techniques, genres, and aesthetic practices to carry this work forward into the next generation of information technology.

University of Calgary, Laboratory for Integrative Design

The Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID) is an interdisciplinary research group that brings together researchers from multiple disciplines. The researchers at LID operate in areas of overlap that exist between design, its allied disciplines of engineering and production, and other fields, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology.

The operative domain of LID is integrative design, in which methods, processes, and techniques are discovered, appropriated, adapted, and altered from elsewhere, and often digitally pursued. As a research entity, LID projects a fundamentally different attitude towards collaboration, one that needs not be limited to the professions and disciplines comprising the building industry. The LID designers and researchers engage design as a broadly integrative endeavor by fluidly navigating across different disciplinary territories, and deploy algorithmic thinking, biomimicry, computation, digital fabrication, material exploration, and/or performance analyses to discover and create processes, techniques, and products that are qualitatively new. Scientific and engineering ideas become starting points of the design investigation. Mathematics and geometry are re-embraced as a rich source of ideas in articulating form, pattern, surface and structure in architecture, and collaborations with mathematicians are sought out.

University of Southampton, School of Electronics and Computer Science

The ECS Group undertakes research covering Electronics and Computer Science that enables advances in engineering of electronic and software systems. Our research involves the exploration and development of theoretical foundations, modelling and programming languages, engineering methods, design tools and system engineering applications covering both software and hardware.

Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture

CITA is an innovative research environment exploring the intersections between architecture and digital technologies. Identifying core research questions into how space and technology can be probed, CITA investigates how the current forming of a digital culture impacts on architectural thinking and practice.

CITA examines how architecture is influenced by new digital design- and production tools as well as the digital practices that are informing our societies culturally, socially and technologically. Using design and practice based research methods, CITA works through the conceptualisation, design and realisation of working prototypes. CITA is highly collaborative with both industry and practice creating new collaborations with interdisciplinary partners from the fields of computer graphics, human computer interaction, robotics, artificial intelligence as well as the practice based fields of furniture design, fashion and textiles, industrial design, film, dance and interactive arts.

University of Texas at Dallas, Center for BrainHealth

The Center for BrainHealth® at The University of Texas at Dallas is a scientific research institute committed to understanding, protecting, healing, and enhancing the brain.

With more than 60 fully funded research projects, scientific exploration at the Center for BrainHealth® is leading edge, innovative, improving lives today and translating groundbreaking discoveries into practical clinical application.
Since its founding in 1999 by Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., the Center for BrainHealth® has made exceptional progress in brain research areas of health, injury, and disease.

With support of UT System, UT Dallas and private philanthropy, the Center launched the Brain Performance Institute™ in 2013 to make these discoveries available to the public.

By delivering science-based innovations that enhance how people think, work, and live, the Center and its Brain Performance Institute™ are raising awareness about the importance of brain health at every age and optimizing the way individuals think about and care for their brains.