Executive Sponsors


Dr. Simon Bates
Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning

Jennifer Burns
Associate Vice-President Information Technology and CIO

Faculty


Dr. Patrick Pennefather
Faculty in Residence
Department of Theatre and Film
Faculty of Arts

 

Dr. Claudia Krebs
Director, The HIVE
Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Faculty of Medicine

 

Jon Festinger
Faculty in Residence
Chair, Learning Technology Innovation Committee
Peter A. Allard School of Law

 

Dr. Steven Barnes
Faculty in Residence
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts

 

Dr. Matthew Yedlin
Faculty in Residence
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Faculty of Applied Science

 

Kathryn Gretsinger
Faculty in Residence
Integrated Journalism Program
Graduate School of Journalism

 

Dr. Lindsay Rogers
Faculty in Residence
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty of Medicine

 

Manuel Piña
Faculty in Residence
Art History, Visual Art & Theory Department
Faculty of Arts

 

Staff


Saeed Dyanatkar
Executive Producer, UBC Studios & Emerging Media Lab
604 822 1816
saeed.dyanatkar@ubc.ca

 

Daniel Lindenberger
Acting Supervisor
daniel.lindenberger@mail.ubc.ca

 

Dante Cerron
Lead Developer
dcerron1@mail.ubc.ca

 

Michal Suchanek
Lab Engineer

 

W Chung
3D Designer
lchung@ecuad.ca

 

Brian Wilson
Staff Liaison (Former EML Supervisor) | Curriculum Manager, Vantage College

 

Nadia Picco
Communication Design | Team Lead, UBC Studios

 

Andrew Wang
Operations Support | Media Specialist, UBC Studios

 

Nicole Ronan
Staff Liaison | Learning Designer, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

 

Angela Lam
Staff Liaison | Senior Manager, Arts Learning Technology Support, Arts ISIT

 

Michael Lakusiak
Staff Liaison | UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media

 


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In memory of our late colleague Kirk Karasin, Sr. Media Specialist at UBC Studios and Acting EML Supervisor, who played an important role during the creation of EML.
We will never forget his positive vibe, generosity, and willingness to try new things without fear.
May he rest in peace.

Students


Ileana Soza
Lab Coordinator

Hannah Lemiski
Emerging Media Lab Rover

Samantha Peng
Digital Media Storyteller

Karen Zhou
3D Modeler

Hank Chen
Unity Developer

Julia Chu
Work Learn Student
Student Project Coordinator, Technical Lead

Zarrin Moin
Work Learn Student

Yousra Alfarra
Work Learn Student

Nikko Dumrique
Work Learn Student

Jazica Chan
Work Learn Student

Emma Ng
Work Learn Student

 

Volunteers


Jingyi Zhang

Arunima Goel

Bonny Yu

Vera Bao

Timothy Chan

Jennica Zhang

Kate Tyschenko

Michael Ge

Alexandra Gil

Samiha Joshi

Nick Ni

Cynthia Zhou


 

Industry Advisors/Mentors


Peter Kao
As the CEO and co-founder of Metanaut, an award-winning VR studio, Peter consults student teams and staff members at EML with technical expertise and VR design insights.

Ryan Smith
As the Founder & CEO of FTSY, Ryan has a 15-year background in enterprise Customer Relationship Management as well as Business Intelligence programs. He holds a degree in Science (Physics) from the University of Victoria, and worked in physics using 3D scanning for brain tumors as well as 3D modeling for particle physics. He then went on to an MBA (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) from UBC and launched FTSY (‘footsy’) to help people buy shoes they’ll love.

David Clement
David Clement is a serial innovator with over 35 years of experience.  He has held technical leadership roles in organizations including the BBC, CNN, US Department of Homeland Security, Discreet Logic, Wavesine, and many more.  David is fluent in many disciplines including philosophy, business and startup culture, machine intelligence, virtual reality, computer graphics as well as system and software architecture.  David is currently working at a startup focused on improving the physical and social development of youth.  

Charla Pereira
Charla Pereira is a senior designer for Microsoft currently focused on 3D experiences. She has been innovating with technology for 25 years professionally and in love with experimentation and storytelling from early childhood. Her first works were creating for both paper and 2D screens in the startup days of the internet for clients such as The Jackson 5 and The Air National Guard, she was one of the first to bring 3D games and interfaces to the internet. When she joined Microsoft she successfully shipped Office 365 and wanted to create for something more than a 2D screen. Her journey continued into designing robotic interfaces for Bill Gates, working with Microsoft Research on reinventing 3D painting, and now experiences in mixed and virtual reality. Her true passion is to invent using true stories, design through experimentation, and create products that empower others to imagine what is possible.

  • Dr. Sid Fels, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Dr. Siobhán McPhee, (Former faculty in Residence), Geography Dept., Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Bernie Garret, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Dr. Allan Kingstone, Psychology Dept., Faculty of Arts
  • Jennifer Moss, Department of Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts

The UBC Emerging Media Lab is a central UBC service unit under UBC IT and UBC Studios. Other collaborators include:

  • UBC Geography
  • UBC Vantage College
  • UBC CTLT
  • UBC Education
  • UBC Creative Writing
  • UBC Art History, Visual Art and Theory
  • UBC Psychology
  • UBC Journalism
  • UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • The Hive UBC


External Collaborators:

  • Center for Digital Media
  • Metanaut


The Working group provides directions and sets priorities for the Emerging Media Lab.

Learning Technology Innovation Committee Liaison

  • Jon Festinger

Faculty Representatives

  • Faculty in Residence Team

Staff Representatives

  • Jeff Miller
  • Saeed Dyanatkar

Student Representative

  • TBD

Dr. Ray Hsu - As a pioneer in use of VR/AR at UBC, Ray has been instrumental in helping establish Emerging Media Lab. They also founded the VR/AR Group which was later evolved into the current Emerging Media Community of Practice.


UBC EML is grateful for the initial support it has received from the following UBC Faculty and Staff (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Joseph Anthony, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Loch Brown, Geography Dept., Faculty of Arts
  • Chris Crowley, Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology
  • Dr. Fred Cutler, ArtsIST, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Bernie Garret, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Dr. Brett Gilley, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Sara Harris, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Ray Hsu, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Francis Jones, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Maja Krzic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems/Faculty of Forestry
  • Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Dr. Matthew Yedlin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

  • Dr. Claudia Krebs | Project Principal Investigator
  • Mehrdad Ghomi | Project Technical Lead
  • Ishan Dixit | 3D Modeller
  • Dante Cerron | Software Engineer
  • Ratthamnoon "Friend" Prakitpong | Mechanical Engineer
  • Juyeong Oh | Mechanical Engineer
  • Curtis J. Logan | Anatomical Photographer

  • Braedon Paul | Instructional Design Assistants
  • Megan Leong | Instructional Design Assistants
  • Niki Hajmoshir | Instructional Design Assistants
  • Mark Dykstra | Instructional Design Assistants
  • Connor Dunne | Instructional Design Assistants
  • Olivia Holuszko | Instructional Design Assistants
  • Nancy Duan | Medical Design Assistants
  • Ge Shi | Medical Design Assistants

Staff

Brian Wilson Staff Liaison (Former EML Lab Supervisor) | Curriculum Manager, Vantage College
Sharon Hu
, Instructional Designer

Lab Coordinators

Janet Chen, EML Lab Coordinator (May – August 2017)
Juyeong Oh, EML Lab Coordinator (September 2017 – April 2018)
Kevin Yang, EML Lab Coordinator (May – August 2018)
Sabrina Ge, EML Lab Coordinator (May - December 2018)
Jin Li, EML Lab Coordinator (December 2018 - August 2019)

Students

Penjani Chavula, Work Learn (May – August 2018)
Projects: Pain Box, Fossa Finder
Shavonne Yu, Main Artist (Sep 2016 to Aug 2017)
Projects: Geography VR, Ancient City
Karen Qi, 3D Modeller (Jan to Apr 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Weijun Chu, 3D Modeller (Jan to Aug 2017)
Projects: Geography VR, Ancient City
Theresa Kikuchi, Photogrammetry Modeller (Apr to Aug 2017)
Projects: Geography VR, EMLx
Asia Shmock, Project Coordinator (Jan to Aug 2017)
Projects: Geography VR, EMLx MindCraft
Jeanie Suparman, Programmer (Sep 2016 to Apr 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Gowtham Mohan, Programmer (Sep 2016 to Apr 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Darren Fum, Programmer (Jan to Apr 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Laurent Lousky, Programmer (Jan to Jun 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Luke Schuster, Programmer (Apr to Aug 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Sepand Dyanatkar, Programmer (Jun to Aug 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Ryan Dahoon Oh, Developer, 3D/Photogrammetry Modeller (Jan to Dec 2017)
Projects: Geography VR
Yana Pertels, Technical Assist (Jan to Apr 2018)
Projects: Holobrain, EMLx MindCraft
Robyn Choi, Technical Assist (Sep to Dec 2017)
Projects: Holobrain
Adam Herr
Projects: EMLx MindCraft
Michael Goh, Technical Lead (Sep 2018 to May 2019)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle, Geography VR, Physics World
Samantha Peng, Creative Lead & Communications Assist. (Sep 2018 to May 2019)
Projects: Journey with Me


Aviral Garg (2017-18 Holobrain Capstone Team Lead)
Chen Chen (2017-18 Holobrain Capstone Team)
Kristyn Lee (2017-18 Holobrain Capstone Team)
Tom Lee (2017-18 Holobrain Capstone Team)
Kai Wing Kevin Tang (2017-18 Holobrain Capstone Team)
Luella Sun, Developer (Oct 2017 to Apr 2018)
Projects: Physics World
Nathan Tong, Developer (Oct 2017 to Apr 2018)
Projects: Physics World
Austin Kwok, Developer (Oct 2017 to Apr 2018)
Projects: Physics World
Theresa Kikuchi, Developer (Jan to Apr 2017)
Projects: Physics World, Ancient City
Hafsa Zahid, Developer (Jan to Apr 2017)
Projects: Physics World
Larry Liu, Developer (Jan to Apr 2017)
Projects: Physics World
Li Ze Choo, Developer (Oct 2017 to August 2018)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle
Emma Ng, 3D Modeller and Designer (May 2018 to August 2018)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle, Soil TopARgraphy
Colton Quan, Developer (Oct 2017 to April 2018)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle
Will Tsai, Developer (Oct 2017 to April 2018)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle
Ishan Dixit, 3D Modeller (May 2018 – Aug 2018)
Projects: Fossa Finder
Juan Lee, Developer (Oct 2017 – August 2018)
Projects: Fossa Finder
Shalini Mohan, UX Designer (Nov 2017 – Apr 2018)
Projects: Fossa Finder

George Molina, Developer (Oct 2017 – Apr 2018)
Projects: Fossa Finder
Emily Sun, Developer (Oct 2017 – Apr 2018)
Projects: Fossa Finder
Alexis Gervacio, Developer (Oct 2017 – Apr 2018)
Projects: Ancient City
Vivian Shao, Developer (Feb 2018 – Apr 2018)
Projects: Ancient City
Margaret Yao, Developer (Oct 2017 – Apr 2018)
Projects: Ancient City

Paoline Buck, Design (Oct 2018 to Apr 2019)
Projects: MedIT
Serena Chao, Project Coordinator (Oct 2018 to Apr 2019)
Projects: Interactive Orchestra
Librason Chen, Developer (Oct 2018 to Apr 2019)
Projects: Jupyter 3D
Georgette Espina, Developer (Jan 2019 to Apr 2019)
Projects: Interactive Orchestra
Harvey Huang, Developer (Jan 2019 to Apr 2019)
Projects: Jupyter 3D
Farhan Kassam, Developer (Oct 2018 to Apr 2019)
Projects: Interactive Orchestra
Patrick Kong, Developer (Oct 2018 to Aug 2019)
Projects: Jupyter 3D
Kelly Lee, 3D Modeller and Designer (Oct 2018 2018 to Apr 2019)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle
Miriam Wagner, Design Team (Oct 2018 to Apr 2019)
Projects: MedIT
Yuntao (Winston) Wu, Developer (Oct 2018 to April 2019)
Projects: Main Mall Hustle
Shavonne Yu, Design (Aug 2018 – Apr 2019)
Projects: Interactive Orchestra
Julia Zhu, Developer (Oct 2018 – August 2019)
Projects: Interactive Orchestra
Cheng Zhou, Developer (Oct 2018 – Apr 2019)
Projects: Main Mall

Tiger Oakes, Developer (Mar 2018 to Aug 2018)
Projects: Soil TopARgraphy
Shirley Xie, (September 2017 – Apr 2018), Software Team
Projects: Digital Glass
Michael Cao, (September 2017 – Aug 2018), Software Team
Projects: Digital Glass
Wilfred Wong, (September 2017 – Aug 2018), Hardware Team
Projects: Digital Glass
Zihao (Clen) Xia, (September 2017 – Apr 2018), Hardware Team
Projects: Digital Glass
Glyn Han, (September 2017 – Apr 2018), Hardware Team
Projects: Digital Glass
Saqib Majumder (May 2018 – present), Project member
Projects: Math World
Sean Efe Yilmaz (May 2018 – present), Project Member
Projects: Pain Box