Meet the Collaboratory Staff. Consultants bring diverse academic and professional backgrounds and skills to the table. Collaboratory members may book an appointment for some one-on-one time, book technology training, or get consultation on a research project.
Jimmy Tran, PhD – Research Technology Officer
Contact Jimmy for training in 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC, and all other technology at the Collaboratory. Jimmy also advises on project development, implementing technology, robotics and system design. An appointment can be booked through Calendly.
Cristina Pietropaolo, MA – Operations Specialist
Contact Cristina to arrange appointments with Collaboratory Graduate Assistants. Cristina also advises on project planning, project coordination, and research design.
Collaboratory Graduate Assistants
Nathaniel Brunt, PhD Candidate – Graduate Assistant
Nathaniel is an interdisciplinary scholar, photographer and educator, currently pursuing a PhD in the Communication & Culture program. His doctoral research is supported by SSHRC and The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Nathaniel is available to advise on grant writing, documentary projects, exhibitions, photographic projects, and digitization projects.
Tanya Pobuda, PhD Candidate – Graduate Assistant
Tanya is an interdisciplinary scholar, serious games designer, AI chatbot specialist and VR/AR practitioner, currently completing her PhD in the Communication & Culture program. She is the recipient of the 2019-20 Ryerson Graduate Scholarship. Tanya is available to advise on natural language processing, augmented reality, game design, interactive storytelling, project management, web design and communication projects.
Jae Duk Seo, Second-Year MSc student – Graduate Assistant
Jae is a multidisciplinary researcher, Youtuber, and student. His master’s research is focused on artificial intelligence, and more specifically, representation learning and connection to information theory. Jae is available to advise on machine learning, simple web projects, and digital content creation.