Research: Canada Research Chair in digital media and Innovation and director of the Synaesthetic Media Lab (Synlab) at Ryerson and Georgia Tech. Research interests include tangible and embodied interaction, and the application of emerging physical sensing and digital media technologies to creative practices across the arts and sciences. The latter is focused on narrative expression, abstract thinking, and scientific modeling, embodied cognition as a framework for embodied interaction design, physical/digital co-design and the intersection of physical/digital space for collaborative interactions with digital media applications and environments.
Ali's research approach combines theoretical study and scientific research with technological development and artistic practice. Her research is supported by industry and government organizations, including Intel, Steelcase, Turner, Google, NSF, and SSHRC, and has been published in a range of academic conferences and journals. Ali has also delivered guest lectures in both academia and industry, and exhibited her media art works and interfaces at numerous galleries and festivals.