Centre for Communicating Knowledge
The CCK is a knowledge mobilization (KMb) unit that develops creative and innovative ways of communicating research. Located within the School of Professional Communication (ProCom) at Ryerson University, the CCK is uniquely positioned to provide guidance, support, and strategic communication services to academics and researchers.
At the CCK, we work closely with research teams to determine the best strategies for engaging key audiences and making research results clear, accessible, and relevant.
We’re passionate about shining a light on all the groundbreaking research being done across Ryerson University, and we want to make sure that communities outside our walls care about and benefit from the work we do.
By conceptualizing knowledge mobilization as an active, ongoing, and participatory process, the CCK actively plans and anticipates how people will use information, and how information will impact society. We use creative methods for communicating research and strive to create powerful moments of discovery and insight that lead to action.
Direction of the Centre for Communicating Knowledge
Frauke Zeller, Director
Taylor MacLean, Program Lead
Dr. Frauke Zeller received her PhD (Dr. phil.) from Kassel University, Germany, in 2005 in English Linguistics and Computational Philology. Her thesis (published book) focused on Human-Robot-Interaction from a linguistic perspective. From 2005 to 2011, she was a researcher and lecturer at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, working in the Institute of Media and Communication Studies. Frauke finished her Habilitation (highest academic degree in Germany) in 2011, working on methods to analyze online communities. Before Frauke came to Ryerson, she was at the renowned Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London (Great Britain). She is also involved in several international research projects, and was awarded with a range of major research grants, among them a Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013), which is one of Europe’s most distinguished individual research grants, or a Tri-Council grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, SSHRC) to develop new tools for participatory campus planning.
Frauke is also the co-creator of Canada’s first hitchhiking robot - hitchBOT. The project garnered broad public interested all around the world (www.hitchbot.me), and since then she has been working on a range of human-robot interaction and AI-related projects.
Dr. Zeller’s research interests include Human-Computer Interaction/Human-Robot Interaction, digital communication, and method development for digital research analyses.