The Author

Dr. Ron Baecker

Ron Baecker is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and Emeritus Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Toronto. He co-founded the Dynamic Graphics Project, and founded the university’s Knowledge Media Design Institute and its Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAGlab), and also five software firms. Recently, he has been a research lead in AGE-WELL, Canada’s technology and aging network.

He has been named one of the 60 Pioneers of Computer Graphics by ACM SIGGRAPH, has been elected to the CHI (Computers and Human Interaction) Academy by ACM SIGCHI, has been named an ACM Fellow, and has been given the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award and a Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award.

He is the founding Editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-preserving Technologies (Morgan & Claypool, Publisher), and also the author of 5 books including Computers and Society: Modern Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2019).  He taught his first Computers and Society course in 1972.



Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto
(2013 – Present)

Adjunct Professor, OCAD University
(2012 – Present)