Multi-tasking through her MI
As promised a few issues back, Informed is going to be bringing you stories of some of our recent grads. First up is Anindita Bose (above), who worked full-time in demanding jobs while completing her MI. She is now a senior analyst with the newly inaugurated cyber security department of the University Health Network.
Anindita explains why she decided to go to grad school, how she picked the Faculty of Information, and what she especially enjoyed about the program. Read more
2017 grad founds healthcare start-up
The first thing you see when you go to the website of Hypercare, the start-up co-founded by Faculty of Information alumnus Albert Tai, is its sales pitch to health care administrators: “No more pagers. No more phone tag.”
Tai says people who don’t work in the healthcare sector are often stunned to find out that the old-fashioned pager remains ubiquitous in hospitals. “There’s a joke about it,” he says. “It used to be only doctors and drug dealers using pagers. Now it’s just doctors.”
Albert Tai (left) and the Hypercare team outside their workplace in downtown Toronto. UofT provides office space to Hypercare and other start-ups in a converted church.
According to Tai, the omnipresent pager is but one symptom of the healthcare sector’s serious malaise. Other symptoms include the ongoing use of fax machines and dependency on old-fashioned call centres within the hospital to track down doctors on call. “Everyone knows healthcare is lagging usually 10 or 15 years behind every other industry,” says Tai, who completed his Bachelor’s in computer science and medical science before enrolling at the Faculty of Information in 2015. Read more
Semaphore researcher explores uses of VR in teaching
Imagine being inside an E. coli bacterium, smaller than a speck of dust and surrounded by genetic material, molecules and proteins.
This could soon be commonplace for some microbiology students thanks to work by University of Toronto researchers who are investigating virtual reality design features that can support or impede learning.
“As a graduate of the Master of Science in biomedical communications program many years ago, and as a former professional medical illustrator thereafter, visualizing scientific processes and making thinking visible have been at the cornerstone of my thinking when it comes to designing technology for learning,” says Michelle Lui (above), a post-doctoral researcher who is working with Associate Professor Rhonda McEwen at U of T Mississauga’s Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology.
Prof McEwen is cross appointed to the Faculty of Information and one of the lab heads at its KMDI-Semaphore research cluster. Semaphore is home to the sensory information processing lab while its VR research space is located in the Bissell Building. Read more