Dr. Christine Farion

Instructor Computer Science


Connect with me

Email: c.farion@dal.ca
Mailing Address: 
Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
21 Cox Road
Cox Institute, Room 285
Bible Hill, NS B2N 2R8
Research Topics:
  • Wearable technologies
  • Prototyping
  • Microcontrollers
  • Innovation Design

Christine has a PhD in Smart objects in the domain of forgetfulness, using experience-centred design, she created 'smart' RFID object-based memory aids. She is continuing to research and create wearable technologies that focus on enhancing the quality of life, interpersonal communication, and community well-being.  She specializes in incorporating touch-sensitive (conductive) fabrics into her designs to enable interactive experiences that generate sounds or other programmed responses.

Awarded a 4-year scholarship from EPSRC for her PhD in Media & Arts Technology, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

MSc in Creative Technology (Distinction) from Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Projects have received both Arts Council, UK, and British Council, UK, funding.

Christine is an expert in wearable technologies, prototyping, and microcontrollers for impactful interactions. She comes to Dalhousie University from her position as a Post Graduate Lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art, where she taught codesign and Innovation Design, in computing, electronics, and prototyping for MDes Inn and Interaction Design. With over 15 years of experience in teaching these subjects, Christine has created interactive installations internationally and provided research and support for a hearing and visual impairment charity. This was aimed at improving everyday experiences.

Christine is also the author of The Ultimate Guide to informed wearables, from Prototype to Purpose, which is a hands-on guide for using a participatory design process to create wearable technology using Arduino-based electronics.