Rambles and otherwise notable musings.

  • Software Engineers exploring the UN SDGs

    Over the past year and a bit, I have been facilitating a learning experience for both my undergraduate and graduate software systems engineering (SSE) students. The learning experience involves an in-depth, independent exploration of solutions in support of the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The general questions I am exploring is can the…

  • 2021 albums of the year

    Another year around the sun. And another year of COVID fun. Reflecting on it all, it really wasn’t all that bad. I know some of you can’t wait to get back to “normal.” I for one don’t think the normality of pre-COVID life was anything to stick a flag into. This year brought growth, in…

  • Towards a “metaverse” we can all be proud of

    A pause for reflection from Ethan Zuckerman: “The metaverse isn’t about building perfect virtual escape hatches—it’s about holding a mirror to our own broken, shared world” from: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/10/facebook-metaverse-was-always-terrible/620546/ As we continue to explore variations on the metaverse (variations of online digital spaces), which I think are inevitable, and as we inch even closer to a…

  • Candace and me @ RIC 2021

    Candace and I recently presented at the 2021 Research Impact Canada (RIC) annual conference (http://researchimpact.ca), discussing our collaborative explorations between the Regina Fire and Protective Services and undergraduate students in one of my Software Systems Engineering classes (People-Centred Design) at the University of Regina to engineer modern software applications for fire safety education. Enjoy! Abstract:…

  • 2021 Adobe Max Conference

    As with last year, my favourite conference event of the year is happening online and for free registration. Fellow creatives, register and set up your schedule now! https://max.adobe.com/

  • 2021 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Award

    Although work is still ongoing, students in my Spring 2020 graduate class on “People-Centred Design” and I received an award for initial work in exploring new website (digital habitat) experiences for the RCE Saskatchewan Community. Exciting and great work students!

  • Reading adventures continue with “A Pho Love Story”

    Reading adventures continue with “A Pho Love Story”

    Quick update here, re: my plan for reading 12 (fiction) books in 12 months. March ended early with C.J. Tudor’s book, “The Hiding Place” which was a very decent read indeed! Tudor really is a fantastic author in my opinion. April, with typical end-of-semester shenanigans, saw me hit a hard pause on my reading adventures…

  • Student-built software helping to address the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals

    Students in my Winter 2021 ENSE 405 class Designing Apps for Collaboration & Learning explored building community software tools in support of the United Nation’s (UNs) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In educating software engineers about the UN’s SDGs it is my hope that they take the idea out in industry – that the software…

  • Student-built 911 education app going live!

    My student Jack Zhao and I, with funding from the University of Regina Community Engagement and Research Centre, worked with Regina Fire & Protective Services and the City of Regina IT Department to design and develop a 911 education app to assist with home fire safety training initiatives (this work stemming from one of my…

  • Presenting our research at EngAGE21

    Our research team presented at EngAGE’21. Our work, which extends the excellent work from our Software Systems Engineering capstone students (Nicolas Achter, Nickolas Schmidt, Nikolas Lendvoy, and Shayan Khan) seeks to explore how technology can support ageing at home. Please watch our presentation and comment away!

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