Dr. Carman Neustaedter, Director

I’m a Professor in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I specialize in the areas of human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, and domestic computing. I lead the Connections Lab (cLab) – an elite research group of aspiring super heroes that aims to create better technologies for connecting people over distance. We study communication behaviours amongst family and friends and design and evaluate technologies to support improved communication practices and shared experiences over distance. My two books, “Connecting Families: The Implications of New Communication Technologies on Domestic Life” and “Studying and Designing Technology for Domestic Life: Lessons from Home” describe key portions of his research and design practices. My super power is the ability to bend space and time.

Recent research projects heavily focus on telepresence for family and workplace communication over distance.

A lot of people think my last name is hard to spell.  You might be surprised to know that my first name gets misspelled nearly just as much.

  • Carmen: a song (Latin); not my name.
  • Carman: lord of the castle (Celtic); my name.