• Siobhán McElduff, Interim Director
  • Vicki Lemieux - Outgoing Director, currently on sabbatical with the World Bank In DC
  • Bob Pritchard - Assistant Professor
  • Brian Fisher - Associate Director
  • Keith Hamel - Professor
  • Lavana Lea - MAGIC Unit Assistant
  • Payam Rahmdel - Postdoc Fellow/Lab Manager
  • Sidney Fels - Professor

Siobhan McElduff
Siobhán McElduff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classica, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at UBC. Her research areas are rather disparate: the the history of translation
, the Roman orator Cicero (who she translated for Penguin Classics

Current research is on the reception of Classics in the 18th and 19th century (a project funded by SSHRC), and includes creating a database on the cost of books in the UK during that time period. Her research also includes a planned series of visualizations of how gladiators fought in the Roman arena; she also maintains a website on gladiators and spectacle in the Roman and Greek worlds, Seeing Spectacles
. In 2009 Dr. McElduff was an Early Career Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute; in 2011 she was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize. In July 2014 she became interim director of MAGIC. Core research areas

  • Latin literature
  • 18th and 19th century reception of classics
  • digital humanities and especially DH databases
  • visualizations
Tel: +1-604-827-4331
email: siobhan.mcelduff at

Victoria Lemieux
Dr. Victoria Lemieux is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia's iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) and a records and information management expert with over twenty years of experience in government, industry, and education. Her current research interest in financial records and their relationship to risk stems from her 1999-2001 doctoral research on the information-related causes of the Jamaican Banking Crisis (University College London 2002). Following completion of her doctoral research, Dr. Lemieux joined Credit Suisse as a VP in charge of global records policy management, later taking charge of aspects of IT Security Policy development and managing the risk and security components of the bank's 2007 Swiss Franc 1.6bn network outsourcing (for which she received a "One Bank" award). She then went on to lead the bank's European infrastructure client services technology risk team. Dr. Lemieux joined the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in July 2008 and established the Centre for the Investigation of Financial Electronic Records (CIFER Research), which she still directs. CIFER Research has focussed on the visual analysis of financial data and organizational and human behavioural risk factors in IT project implementation. In 2009, Dr. Lemieux was among 10 new academics at the University to be presented with the Peter Wall Institute's Early Career Scholar Award. In 2011, Dr. Lemieux received an Emerald Literati Award for her paper on 'The Records-Risk Nexus' which used visual analysis to explore how risk is constructed in the field of records and information management. Dr. Lemieux has been a designated Certified Information Security Systems Professional since 2005. She was appointed Acting Director of MAGIC in September 2012.
Core research areas

  • Field of records
  • Information management
Tel: +1-604-822-3084
Tel: +1-604-822-9199
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: vlemieux at

Bob Pritchard
Dr. Bob Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the UBC School of Music, a Researcher with both the UBC Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS)and the Media And Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) and co-director of the Music, Sound and Electroacoustic Technology group (MuSET) with Dr. Keith Hamel. In 2007 Pritchard, Fels and Vatikiotis-Bateson received a Canada Council for the Arts/Natural Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for the development of Digital Ventriloquized Actors (DIVAs) and in 2004 he received an Artist-Researcher grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for work in interactive speech synthesis and performance. In 2005 he was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of his abilities and innovations in classroom teaching. He is the Vice-Chair B.C. Region of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

Tel: +1-604-822-3526
Cell: +1-604-822-4884
email: bob at

Brian Fisher
Dr. Fisher teaches in the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology and is the Director of the SCIENCE Lab and Member of VAR Lab. At UBC, Dr. Fisher is Associate Director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre. Recent projects include CZWeb, CZTalk, Various Imager lab projects, UBC Vision Lab tracking studies and grants and publications.
Core research areas

  • Visual analytics
  • Cognitive science
  • Graphical interfaces
  • Human information processing
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
Tel: +1-604-822-8158
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: fisher at

David Vogt
Originally an astronomer, Dr. Vogt found himself in cyberspace. David is a pioneer - driven by the purposeful civilization of digital frontiers. He specializes in collaborative applied innovation, specifically bringing together entrepreneurs, researchers, customers and other stakeholders to co-create original, market-ready solutions involving emerging technologies. David's focus is the experience economy: how humanity is entering an era of almost magical ability to stage and mediate individual and collective experience.

Tel: +1-604-230-4154
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: David.vogt at

Keith Hamel
Dr. Keith Hamel is a Professor in the School of Music, an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), a Researcher at the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) and Director of the Computer Music Studio at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hamel has been on the Faculty at UBC since 1987, and has been a Full Professor since 1997. He holds a B.Mus. from Queen's University (1981) and A.M. and Ph.D degrees from Harvard University (1984, 1985). He also studied Computer Music under the supervision of Barry Vercoe at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1981 and 1984.

Tel: +1-604-822-3084
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: hamel at

Payam S. Rahmdel
Payam Rahmdel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and the Lab Manager at Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC). His current research interest is in Big Data analytics and visualization through an interactive user interface.

After finishing his B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering (Azad University of Sabzevar, Iran, 2006-2009), Payam moved to South Korea as a Graduate Research Assistant at Kyungpook National University (KNU), in 2010. At KNU he worked on a number of projects in ubiquitous healthcare, multivariable control systems and robot vision at Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence lab. He then moved to London to pursue his Ph.D. in image analysis and computer vision (Middlesex University London 2010-2013). In his doctoral research, he developed a new algorithm for advanced line detection and segmentation in 2-dimentional digital images, which was then applied for lane marker detection in driver assistance systems. As a Sessional Lecture at Middlesex University, Payam taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses such as Linear Control Systems, Data Warehousing, Decision Support Systems and Engineering Project Management.

Following completion of his Ph.D., he was awarded with Mitacs Strategic Postdoctoral Fellowship to join MAGIC and work with Dr. Lemieux. At MAGIC, apart from being the Lab Manager, Payam is focusing on development of a visual analytics (VA) user interface, by utilizing machine learning and interactive data visualization techniques to identify potential systemic risks to financial systems. Dr. Rahmdel is a member of IEEE and recipient of the Honorable Mention Award from the 56th IEEE MWSCAS in 2013.

Tel (lab): +1-604-822-9248
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: rahmdel(at)

Sidney Fels
Dr. Sidney Fels research interests include human-computer interaction, biomechanical modeling of the upper airway, speech synthesis, and neural networks. Some of his projects include: Glove-TalkII (a virtual artificial vocal tract that turns hand gestures into speech), ArtiSynth (a biomechanical modeling toolkit), and the Iamascope (an interactive artwork)
Core research areas

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Speech technologies
Tel: +1-604-822-5338
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: ssfels at

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