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Caron, André H.

CARON, André H.

Professeur émérite

I specialize in mass media and new and emerging technologies, and my research interests focuses on exploring how technologies and people co-evolve in vast hybrid networks. My research and publications deal with “mobile culture” in everyday life, the cascade effect and the interrelations between technologies and new communication rituals and interactions. My other research interests include formative and summative research for youth and media, broadcasting policies, and the political and cultural appropriation of media. 

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Dufresne, Aude

DUFRESNE, Aude

Professeure associée, Professeure honoraire

My field of research is analyzing and designing human-computer interaction systems. Computerized systems and their uses are expanding in many fields, and it is important that such systems be designed to effectively support human activities. They must be symbiotic and truly adapt to individuals’ and groups’ activities, preferences and uses. My research focuses on the detailed analysis of these uses and the development of adapted representations and adaptive or support mechanisms in environments.

In particular, we are interested in the development of personalized interaction systems for learning, and in the analysis of e-commerce interactions and games with gesture-based interfaces (Kinect). We have developed various projects on the use of ontologies to organize information exchanges and adapt interfaces to the cultural context. Lastly, we are working on the development of audio-tactile interfaces for improved access to the Web and images for visually impaired users.

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Frenette, Micheline

FRENETTE, Micheline

Professeure honoraire

I am interested in the influence of traditional media like television from the viewpoint of their convergence with interactive platforms like the Internet and social networks. I am studying how these means of communication can be profitably used for social campaigns designed to promote health or political involvement. I recommend an approach derived from dual theories (communication and other social sciences) and based on methodological diversity (both quantitative and qualitative). I am also examining cultural differences in the way young adults appropriate communication technologies.

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Meunier, Dominique

MEUNIER, Dominique

Professeure honoraire

My research interests have to do mainly with the everyday practices of teenagers and young adults and information and communication technologies (ICTs). More specifically, I am interested in meaningful practices and forms of attachment in connection with these technologies, and with their place and role in identity construction. More recently, I have been studying how these daily practices, including the mobilization of social networks, can be used for collective action. Methodologically, I emphasize ethnographic approaches and so-called “creative” approaches, combined with a specific interest in methodological questions relating to field research practices (research process, reflexivity, researcher-subject relationship, ethics, etc.).

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