Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair
Dr. Ali Mazalek is director of the Synaesthetic Media Lab, a playground where physical materials, analog sensors, and digital media happily co-exist and come together in novel ways to support creativity and expression across both science and art disciplines. As a digital media and human-computer interaction researcher, she has spent nearly 20 years trying to get digital technologies to fit better into her physical world and life, rather than letting them drag her into the pixelated depths of her computer screens. At the same time, she has a deep interest in how computational media can support and enhance creative practices and processes, supporting new forms of expression and new ways of thinking and learning. She is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation and Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. She holds a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and is an Affiliate Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital and a member of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST). She is also a member of the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Dr. Mazalek received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the MIT Media Lab and a Hon. B.Sc. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Toronto.