Wednesday, 26 September 2012


I gave a talk on “Portable Presence: Can Mobile Games be Immersive Games?” at MOGA 12, the mobile gaming workshop at ICEC 2012 (International Conference on Entertainment Computing) in Bremen, Germany, today.

Here’s a link to my slides: PDF of Portable Presence. And to my paper, co-written with Diane Gromala: Portable Presence

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Presenting at GRAND 2012

On May 4, 2012, I presented a “research note” at the annual meeting of GRAND NCE, held in Montreal, May 2 – 4.

The paper I presented was “Impression Management Work: How Seniors With Chronic Pain Address Disruptions in Their Interactions”, which was co-written with Alison Benjamin, Jeremy Birnholtz, Ron Baecker, Diane Gromala and Andrea Furlan. Here’s a link to a video of my presentation.

Click here for more information about the Pain Lab’s presence at the conference.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Monday, 12 March 2012

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Friday, 2 March 2012

MoCSSy Talk

I gave a talk today to the Modelling of Complex Social Systems (MoCSSy) group about my research and that of the Transforming Pain Research Group. The talk was entitled Transforming Pain Through Technology: The Measurement Problem. Here’s a PDF of my talk: Transforming Pain Through Technology

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Monday, 27 February 2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

MoCSSy Seminar


I will be giving a seminar at the MoCSSy (Modelling of Complex Social Systems) graduate seminar series on March 2.

Here’s the abstract of my talk, Transforming Pain Through Technology: The Measurement Problem

Mindful meditation has proven effectiveness in alleviating chronic pain. However, traditional meditation techniques are not easily accessible to non-meditators and require weeks of training to be effective. The Transforming Pain Research Group at Simon Fraser University is researching ways to make mindfulness more accessible to chronic pain sufferers through virtual reality and other technologies. In order to determine the effectiveness of these alternative techniques, we need to both define and measure mindfulness, which can be problematic, given the difficulty of quantifying mental phenomena. Potential solutions are discussed.