Former Directors

Affiliated Faculty

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

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

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

Mark Salopek

Dr Mark Salopek leads GRAND’s technology transfer and commercialization initiatives and is responsible for facilitating and directing the transfer of technology and talent out of the university computing labs to industry. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, Cambridge England, and prior to arriving at GRAND he taught strategic management, e-commerce, marketing and humanities courses at Thompson Rivers University in the Open Learning Division and was actively involved on the University Senate and Senate committees. Formerly, he was a member of the faculty at the British Columbia Open University (Open Learning Agency), University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College. In the private sector he worked at British Columbia’s leading technology firm, Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), promoting the commercialization of data, information and products derived from Canada’s RADARSAT satellite. In his various business development capacities he worked with policy makers, and senior executives in the private and public sectors and a wide range of national and international agencies and organizations including the Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, World Bank, WHO and other UN agencies. He was also the founding member and director of several Internet companies and start-ups in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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

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: +1-604-822-6308
Fax: +1-604-822-8989
email: hamel at