About the Lab

The Connections Lab (cLab) is a research group, led by Dr. Carman Neustaedter at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). Our group specializes in the areas of human-computer interaction, domestic computing, interaction design, and computer-supported cooperative work. We study the design and use of technologies aimed at supporting the everyday activities of families, co-workers, and community members.

Domestic Computing: technologies to support family routines, communication, coordination, connectedness, health, and wellness.

Telepresence: the design and use of video-mediated communication technologies from Skype or FaceTime to telepresence robots to the use of human proxies in indoor and outdoor settings.  Contextual settings include the home, work, and telemedicine.

Mobile Computing: the design and use of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, smart watches) inside and outside the home, for  work, play, leisure, and community engagement.

Pervasive Games and Escape Rooms: the design and play of new genres of pervasive, location-based, and escape room games.


Research Areas

  • family-comm

    Family Communication

    We study and design for the domestic sphere: how can technology connect families and support or enhance their day-to-day routines?

  • geocaching

    Pervasive Games and Social Play

    We design and evaluate pervasive games with a focus on families. We want to understand how location-based activities (e.g. geocaching) can be leveraged to support things like family communication or physical activity.

  • wearable-video

    Mobile/Wearable Video Chat

    We study how people might use mobile or wearable video technologies like Google Glass or GoPro cameras to augment, share, or enhance their daily lives.

Our Network

  • i-sfu

    In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge researchand community outreach intersect, you’ll find Simon Fraser University. Our vision? To be Canada’s leading engaged university.

  • i-siat

    The School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at SFU is an interdisciplinary research focused school where technologists, artists, designers and theorists collaborate in innovative research and immersive study.

  • i-grand

    GRAND NCE (Graphics, Animation and New Media / Graphisme, animation et nouveaux médias NCE Inc.) is a research network and commercialization engine whose goal is to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centred solutions.