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LABORATORY ON USES AND DESIGN OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (LUDTIC)

Brings together professors and students interested in the cultural, social and material dimensions of technologies, to examine their deployment, from conception to integration in communities (work groups, organizations). Their work leads to research on various themes, including transformation of work practices, technological change in organizations, mobilization of objects in collective action, distributed organizations, co-operative work, and cultural dimensions in the design and use of ICTs.

Contacts: Carole Groleau and Lorna Heaton
Room: A-432, Pavillon Marie-Victorin
514 343-6111, ext. 5446

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COMMUNICATIONAL TRANSACTIONS LABORATORY (TransCom)

TransCom studies transfers of methods, practices and vocabularies between fields of communication and different organizational entities. More specifically, the laboratory is interested in the conditions that lead to a “communicational trance,” i.e. the suspension of critical analysis of power games in a communicational sequence.

Director: André A. Lafrance
Room: A-428
Tel.: 514 343-6111, ext. 1494

CENTRE FOR YOUTH AND MEDIA STUDIES (CYMS)

The purpose of the CYMS is to explore various issues relating to youth and the media. For example, how this new content and these new platforms interact with young people’s cognitive, emotional and psychosocial development. Do they shape the users’ understanding of the world around them?

Director : André H. Caron
Room : A-439, Pavillon Marie-Victorin
514 343-7828

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INTER@CTIVA – NETWORKED COMMUNICATION AND NATURAL LOGIC

Inter@ctiva deals with networked communication and natural logic, and looks at communication from an ecological perspective, using a genetic epistemological approach. The team strives to bring communication to the forefront in an effort to understand the balance between culture and nature.

Over the past 10 years, the team has carried out research into the integration of synchronous and asynchronous information and communication technologies in everyday contexts: schools and universities, hospitals, the private and public sectors, and social and cultural groups. Most of these studies are not merely descriptive, but endeavour to reach a deeper understanding of networked human processes, so as to bring about significant change and transformation.

Contact: Milton Campos
Room: A-440, Pavillon Marie-Victorin
514 343-2066
interactiva@com.umontreal.ca

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CENTRE FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES (CITÉ)

The CITÉ brings together interdisciplinary teams from various backgrounds, sharing a common interest in information and communication technologies.

Director: Éric Méchoulan
Room: B-435, Pavillon Marie-Victorin
514 343-6111, ext. 0806
CITE@fas.umontreal.ca

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RESEARCH LABORATORY IN MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION (LRCM)

Developments in computer science, multimedia, multimodality and artificial intelligence are creating and transforming relationships between humans and information.

Based on an agreement with Apple Canada, the LRCM focuses on evaluating and designing these new computer environments, from the perspective of analyzing human-computer interactions. Beyond these technical developments, it is important to adapt systems not only to users’ cognitive functions but also to their activities.

The LRCM is recognized as a Centre for Excellence in the Canadian distance education network and receives a number of grants (VRQ, CFI, OLT) for its work on distance education interfaces.

Contact: Aude Dufresne
Room: A-436, Pavillon Marie-Victorin
Room (at the CITÉ): V-13-8, Pavillon Roger-Gaudry
514 343-6111, ext. 1616

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