Dr. Jim Tanaka is a professor of psychology at the University of Victoria. He received his elementary teaching credential from San Jose State University and a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Oregon. Jim was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His research examines the effects of experience and learning on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of face and object recognition. In his spare time, he enjoys reality TV, djembe and playing Angry Birds.
Joseph earned a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. (Hons) in Psychology. He is presently engaged in graduate studies in psychology focusing on transitional programs for persons with autism successfully entering university programs. He is the editor and co-founder of "Autism's Own," a peer-reviewed, autism cultural journal featuring content by persons, like him, with autism. He founded and facilitates a unique monthly peer support group for lifelong learners with autism called "Authors with Autism." Joseph is also a kabbalistic autism science fiction author whose books can be found in online bookstores like Amazon and iTunes. Joseph is a public speaker for conferences like ACT and Edu-Week, and has trained students and coaches at UVic about autism. He has also been featured on CNN.com, CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, and other media outlets. Every month you can join him as he presents his "Cup of Joe" monologue at each All CARTE Meeting.
Buyun is a PhD student in Psychology department of University of Victoria, supervised by Dr. Jim Tanaka. He studies the high-level visual processes of autistic children, such as face cognition. By employing eye-tracking and event-related potential methods, the behavioral markers and cognitive and neural mechanisms that characterize face cognition processes of the autistic children can be revealed. Those research findings can be very helpful to the development of effective social and cognitive interventions for autistic children.
Andy Sung is in his fourth year of an Educational Psychology Ph.D. program. His research interests focus in autism education. His current work begins with a simple question. By providing children with the Let’s Face It! 2.0 app, how much will this face training improve children’s social skills too? In testing this question, Andy connects with local administrators and educators in sharing our CARTE technologies.
Lucy Bartlett is completing her undergraduate degree in combined biology and psychology. She has been working with CARTE for a year, and has been part of the past two Face Camps. At the most recent Face Camp, she was a coordinator and the designated "Floating First-aid Flounder". This year she is completing her honours project with Dr. Tanaka and Meredith Blinkhorn with Face Maze.
Meredith Blinkhorn is completing her undergraduate degree in psychology. She has been a part of CARTE for a short but fun and interesting time, such as being CARTE’s resident magician at Face Camp 2015. Meredith is completing her honours project with Dr. Tanaka, along side Lucy Bartlett. Abra Cadabra!
Natasha Causton is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Linguistics, and is currently coordinating the control phase of the FaceMaze research project. She has been working as a CARTE research assistant since 2015, and was Activities Coordinator for Face Camp 2016. Natasha has been working with children and adults with different abilities since 2012, and is excited to be contributing to research and development of assistive technology for children on the autism spectrum. She is working towards a future career in Speech-Language Pathology, with special interest in developmental neurological disorders and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. In spare time, she can be found cooing at babies and dogs and generally having a good time.
José Barrios is currently in his 4th year of a combined major in Computer Science and Psychology B.Sc. He specializes in graphic design, web-development, animation and human computer interaction. His interests include Artificial Intelligence, Machine vision and evolutionary algorithms.
Noel Feliciano graduated from UVic in 2015 with a Master's degree in Computer Science. A mobile and web developer, Noel enjoys making tech that is functional, useful, and enjoyable. He's worked with CARTE for 4 years and now works on the LFI! 2.0 project for the iPad. In his spare time, Noel enjoys sports, video and board games, and TV
Sydney is a graphic designer who recently graduated with a BA double major in English and Greek and Roman Studies. She started volunteering with CARTe through FaceCamp two summers ago. At the centre, Sydney is the graphic designer for the technology team. She has enjoyed being involved in such a positive community and looks forward to continuing her work with CARTE in the future.
Morgan Neiman graduated from NYU in 2012 with honours, special recognition from her department for excellence in entrepreneurship and a BFA in Recorded Music with a minor in Mathematics. In the past two years, she's brought those skills to interactive web design and is one of the first users of expression recognition on a web platform. Her current focus is Face Maze, a game and intervention for children on the autism spectrum.
Jon Bowen has been working with CARTE for 3 years. He graduated in 2015 with a degree in psychology and computer science. He does computer programming, app design, gamification, and general usability for CARTE. When Jon isn't busy with CARTE, he enjoys philosophy, swimming in lakes, and eating fruit that he picked himself.
Leandro strives to make interactions between people and technology more meaningful. At CARTE, he designs and develops iOS games to improve facial and expression recognition skills of children on the autism spectrum. To facilitate user research, he also develops tools to collect and visualize data concerning children's performance. His interests include UX, information visualization, assistive technologies and languages. Leandro has extensive experience in telecommunications, energy, software, and education industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's in computer science.
Audrey Bai graduated from UVic in 2015 with a BSc. in combined biology & psychology. She works with CARTE to make the super sweet graphics for LFI! 2.0 and also helped organize Face Camp this past summer. She spent her time at Face Camp as both a coordinator and a lobster. Outside of CARTE, she loves going out for food and is happy that CARTE is really powered by sushi.
Kennedy Brewer is a CARTE beta-tester, and ensures that our technology is operating smoothly. She is currently attending Belmont Secondary School, with plans to continue her education at Uvic learning English. She hopes to teach English to Japanese students. This past summer, Kennedy volunteered at Face Camp and helped the campers morph their faces in the computer lab!
Elliot Mcsmythers has been volunteering with CARTE for 2 years and is an app developer. He has been gaining valuable experience for a future career in computer science or engineering. For now, Elliot is a secondary student in Vancouver, B.C. who enjoys programming, music, and video games.
Cole "Crasher" Elder beta-tests our apps to ensure they are bug-free and appropriately gamified. Cole volunteered at Face Camp this year and helped the campers make sweet face morphs on the computer! He is beginning high school this September and likes to play video games in his spare time.
I am from Japan and I am currently upgrading my Psychology degree at UVic. I joined Carte in 2015. I have been volunteering with children with ASD and LD. My goal is to become a school psychologist in Canada.