Colin Conrad

Assistant Professor

C Conrad headshot

Related Information: 

Phone: (902) 494-8378
Fax: (902) 494-2451
Mailing Address: 
School of Information Management Dalhousie University Rowe Management Building, Suite 4010 6100 University Avenue PO BOX 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Research Clusters:

  • Information and society (open data, open education)
  • Data science (data mining, natural language processing)
  • Educational & informational services (education technology)
  • Human information interaction (neuro information systems, neurotechnology, human-computer interaction)
  • Scientific information (open science, transfer of scientific knowledge)


  • BA (Hons) (Dalhousie)
  • MA (Queens)
  • MEC (Dalhousie)
  • PhD (Dalhousie)


I am an interdisciplinary researcher who studies how our brains interact with information technology. I am interested in how attention or other brain mechanisms impact the effectiveness of learning technologies. My goal is to improve and advance open education. I use a variety of research techniques borrowed from neuroscience (such as EEG and eye tracking) and information science (such as behavioural techniques and data mining) to answer research questions.

Born and raised in Halifax, I was always interested in how information technology shapes who we are and makes it easier for people in distant communities stay connected. When I began my undergraduate studies, I took a philosophical perspective, which eventually led me to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics from Dalhousie and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Queen’s University. After taking some time off, I returned to Halifax where my interests became focused on how information technology is used. I enrolled in the Master of Electronic Commerce program and later the Interdisciplinary PhD. I believe that Dal SIM is well positioned to break new ground in the information management discipline.

Outside of work, I like to spend my time either outdoors or in the local community. I enjoy hiking and am looking forward to tackling some of Canada’s great trails over the coming years. I have also been long involved with the World Economic Forum through the Global Shapers community, working on projects designed to engage and empower underrepresented groups in public dialogue.