Azadeh Forghani (PhD)

Connecting Distance-Separated Grandparents and Grandchildren

I obtained my B.Sc and M.Sc in Software Engineering in Iran. My Master’s thesis was about Wireless Sensor Networks and I investigated and implemented a topology control algorithm to improve Quality of Service in Wireless Sensor Networks.

I decided to peruse my PhD in a multidisciplinary research area in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University to combine my computer science background with a new perspective of design and art. I started to work on game metrics and visualization of telemetry data for my first year of studies.

Then I enthusiastically joined the Connections Lab, supervised by Dr. Carman Neustaedter, whose research area is more focused on Computer Supported Collaborative Work and, specifically, connecting families through distance. My research area is focused on connecting distance-separated grandparents and grandchildren where I’m studying their communication patterns and the design of engaging environments for both parties that enable them to share their daily life together.