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Hossein Rahnama appointed associate director of the Digital Media Zone

Hossein Rahnama

Hossein Rahnama

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Hossein Rahnama as associate director of Ryerson's Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Hossein's appointment is effective immediately.

The DMZ is one of Ryerson's leading investments in student and alumni success, empowering young entrepreneurs to turn their digital innovations into viable businesses. This incubator responds to two of the five core priorities of our Academic Plan, Shaping Our Future: the investment supports student engagement and success, while the extensive media coverage of and external interest in the DMZ contribute to reputation building for Ryerson.

With Hossein's help, the DMZ aims to contribute to the university's other core academic priorities, providing crossover opportunities for high quality, societally relevant undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as learning and teaching excellence and scholarly, research and creative (SRC) intensity in the identified special interest area of Digital Media, Communication and Information Technology.

Hossein has been at Ryerson University for more than a decade, starting with his undergraduate degree and staying through to complete his doctoral degree and postdoctoral work. This long association with Ryerson has given him a deep understanding of the university system and a well-cultivated expertise in the academic and scientific research process, both of which have already been invaluable to the DMZ's development.

A man who wears many hats, Hossein is also the Research Director of the Ubiquitous Computing Group at Ryerson, and an instructor in the University's Department of Computer Science. He is an advocate for Canadian-European research collaborations in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, having completed collaborations with more than 14 industry partners across Europe, including close relations with companies in Sweden and Norway.

Hossein's research interests include the combination of context-aware computing, artificial intelligence, and online social networking, with applications in the transit, transport and security industries. His ultimate goal is to use mobile devices to enhance interpersonal communications while conserving power and energy. He is the recipient of an OCE International Scholarship, Ryerson NSERC Innovation Challenge Award, Apple Inc. student scholarship, and in 2008, he was a semi-finalist for the business plan competition at Harvard Business School. Hossein has more than 15 publications and patents on Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing.

This appointment formalizes Hossein's role at the DMZ as a valued adviser, strategic developer and leader of the DMZ's market-driven research stream. He will continue to work with DMZ Director, Valerie Fox, to advance Ryerson's reputation and leadership in digital media and innovation. Please join me in congratulating Hossein on this appointment.

Alan Shepard
Provost and Vice President Academic


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