William McIver, Jr., Ph.D.

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology
New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
26 Duffie Drive
Fredericton, NB E3B 0R6

NBCC URL http://nbcc.ca/mobi
E-mail bill.mciver@nbcc.ca
Blog http://mobi.postach.io/
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick

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Research interests
  • Intelligent Communities
  • Models and Processes of Innovation
  • Design for Developing Countries

William McIver, Jr., Ph.D. is Director of the Mobile First Technology Initiative and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). Bill is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick. His interests include addressing life-critical issues through information and communication technologies, models of innovation, and Jazz. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Selected Publications

W. McIver, Jr. (2010). An 'Ekistics' for Information and Communication Technologies Reflections on Bradley's Convergence Model. In
Anita MIRIJAMDOTTER and Darek M. HAFTOR (Eds.), Information and Communication Technologies, Society and Human Beings: Theory and Framework. Honouring Professor Gunilla Bradley, IGI Global. [NRC Publications Archive: http://nparc.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/npsi/ctrl?action=rtdoc&an=15195364 ]

W. McIver, Jr. (2010). Internet. In M. Raboy and J. Shtern (Eds.), Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada. UBC Press. pp. 228-276. [NRC Publications Archive: http://nparc.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/npsi/ctrl?action=rtdoc&an=16623735&article=0&fd=pdf]

Shihyon Park, Bradley Matthews, Danny D'Amours, William McIver Jr. (2010). Characterizing the Impacts of VPN Security Models on Streaming Video. Communications Networks and Services Research (CNSR2010) conference. May 11- 14, 2010, Montreal, Canada.

W. McIver, e-Health in the Age of Paradox: A Position Paper. In M. Ulieru, P. Palensky, and R. Doursat (Eds.), IT Revolutions 2008, First International ICST Conference Revised Selected Papers. Venice, Italy, December 17-19, 2008. LNICST 11, pp. 240–249, 2009.

William McIver, Jr. and Colin A. Hay. (2008). Using Municipal Broadband Wireless Networks to Deliver Advanced Municipal Services. 2008 Community Informatics Research Network conference (CIRN 2008), Prato, Italy, 2008 October 27 – 30.

William J. McIver, Jr. and Ahmed K. Elmagarmid (Eds.) (May 2002). Advances in Digital Government: Technology, Human Factors, and Policy. Boston: Kluwer.

Ahmed K. Elmagarmid and William J McIver, Jr. (Eds.) (2001). Special Issue on Digital Government. IEEE Computer, The Journal of the IEEE Computer Society, Vol 34, No 2, February.

Michael Muller, Cathleen Wharton, William J. McIver, Jr., and Lila Laux. (1997). Toward a Future of HCI Research and Practice Agenda Based on Human Needs and Social Responsibility. CHI 97: Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 97 Conference Proceedings. Atlanta, Georgia USA, 22-27 March.

William J. McIver, Jr. and Roger King. (1994). Self-Adaptive, On-Line Reclustering of Complex Object Data. Proceedings of the 1994 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data. Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 24-27, 1994. 407-418.


The goFred X event on Dec 8th [http://gofredx.ca/].

Recent research projects

Intelligent City (2005 – present): This is my ongoing, foundational research program within the National Research Council – Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT). Its objective is to develop innovative solutions to life-critical, community issues.

Transit Info (2008 – 2010): I lead the design and development of a comprehensive set of Web services for public transit riders and administrators, including dynamic arrival time prediction algorithms and next stop announcement and display services for accessibility. This project was a collaboration with Red Ball Internet of Moncton, New Brunswick, which has licensed and commercialized the technology under the names Trax and BusCatcher. This project won the 2010 KIRA Award forTechnological Advancement/Innovation – Private Sector.

Peer-Generated Video (2008 – 2010): We define peer-generated video as technology that enables average computer users who are not experts in video production to create, publish, and communicate in the video medium using commodity hardware and software. I lead the design of several prototype applications for for the healthcare and educational domains, including electronic health records, remote therapy, and various modes of patient-clinician communication.

Health care technology (2007 – 2011): I have been a collaborator on research projects developing or evaluating technologies for a number of use cases involving patient Portal Technologies to support home-based physiotherapy patient triage, evaluation of technologies for treating operational stress injuries, and video conferencing in health care contexts.

Development Informatics (2008 – present): I participated in the 2008 International Development Design Summit (IDDS 2008) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a member of the Educational Television Computer project team. I continue to work on projects motivated by IDDS 2008, including the design of a development-oriented course in computer science and delivery of open educational content to developing countries.

Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate Project (2005 – 2010): This project investigated the state of the art of Canadian citizens’ rights with respect to media, the Internet, access to information and communication technologies, copyright, and privacy. This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Law Commission of Canada. This project resulted in the book Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada (UBC Press, 2010). I contributed a chapter on Internet technologies.

E-Government (2000 – 2008): I carried out a research agenda in e-government, including problems in computer science, human factors, and policy, resulting in a co-edited special issue of IEEE Computer and a co-edited book.

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