Dr. Michael Carter

Assistant Professor
DSQ616 (DMZ)



(2017) Doctorate, Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Western Ontario

(2005) Master of Education (M.Ed.), University of Toronto

(1996) Post-Graduate Diploma, Computer Animation, Sheridan College

(1995) Post-Graduate Certificate, Computer Graphics, Sheridan College

(1993) BA, (Honours) Anthropology & Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario


Biographical Statement

Michael is a 2015 Team Award Recipient for the President’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence, in the design, development and implementation of the Master of Digital Media program. He helped design and implement Ryerson’s Zone Learning as well as providing support and mentorship to the DMZ. Michael is formally the Director of Industry for the Master’s in Digital Media program and comes to Creative Industries as a specialist in the field of creative business production and operational management.

Michael has spent his professional career immersed in the creative, technical, and business roles of animation production, maintaining a successful 20-year career in the film and television business as a producer, executive producer, and executive.

Since graduating from Sheridan College's Computer Animation Program in the mid-1990s, he has held a number of progressive positions, both locally and internationally, that propelled him to the role of executive producer for Calibre Digital Pictures on the CGI/live-action series Ace Lightning II (BBC Worldwide/Alliance Atlantis) and Shoebox Zoo I (BBC Scotland/Blueprint Entertainment), as well as the stop-motion series Henry's World II (Alliance Atlantis). Michael oversaw the series animation servicing of the CGI animated series Handy Manny I & II (Nelvana/ Playhouse Disney), and the Gemini Award-winning (2008) 2D Digital Animation Series Will & Dewitt (Cookie Jar/KidsWB!). In addition to series animation pipeline creation and production, Michael has developed CGI feature animation pipelines for Create Media Ventures/Goodstory Productions and CGI commercial animation and feature development pipelines for Aardman Animations.

Michael has sat on the board of directors of CASO (Computer Animation Studios of Ontario) as director, vice president, and president. As president, he represented CASO as a member of the OMDC's (Ontario Media Development Corporation) Screen-Based Industry Advisory Committee, 3D-Flick, and various regional and municipal digital media initiatives.

Michael’s main research is on the use of Virtual Archaeology to better inform archaeological, heritage and community engagement research, knowledge translation, dissemination and mobilization. His particular area of interest is in the public engagement of Virtual and Augmented Reality production, 3D Scanning and VR technology. Recently Michael completed a research project to (re)imagination a 16th century Iroquoian Longhouse from the Lawson Site, which is now being deployed as an interactive experience at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, with further research focusing on the deployment of robots within archaeological sites in Egypt and the VR revisualization of the Temple at el-Hibeh.

Michael's current research is focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Culture, both from the perspective of the enculturation of data and in the formation of pre-cultural markers within AI itself. Additional research is in the DNA of 3D points within virtual objects and the representation of providence and provenance data as an actor-network.


Selected Scholarly and Professional Academic Activities

Recent Publications:

Carter, M., (2017) Getting to the point: Making, Wayfaring, Loss and Memory as Meaning-Making in Virtual Archaeology. Virtual Archaeology Review. Vol. 8, Iss. 16.

Ahmed, N., Carter, M., Ferris, N., (2014) Sustainable archaeology through progressive assembly 3D digitization. World Archaeology. Vol. 46, Iss. 1.

Recent Funded Research Projects:

(2017) E-CURATORS – Pervasive digital curation activities, objects and infrastructures in archaeological research and communication: process modeling, multiple case studies, and requirements elicitation. Co-Collaborator with (Lead) Prof Constantinos Dallas (UofT), Dr. Seamus Ross (UofT), Dr. Neal Ferris (UWO) and Dr. Panos Constantopoulos (DCU). Funded by SSHRC Insight Grant.

(2017) Digital Archaeology Method and Practice: An Integrated Open Source Textbook and Digital Laboratory. Co-Collaborator with Prof Shawn Graham (Carlton University), Dr. Neha Gupta (Memorial University) and Beth Compton (UWO). Funded by E-Campus Ontario Grant.

(2012) Establishment of the Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit - Museum of Ontario Archaeology/Western University.  Dr. Neal Ferris, Principle Investigator, Namir Ahmed, Graduate Student Project Lead, Michael Carter/theskonkworks incorporated, Corporate Partner. Funded by MITACS.

Invited Talks / Research Papers Presented:

Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA2017), Conference, March 2017. Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice Session: The Life of Attributes: Meta and Paradata as 3D Point and Object DNA for Heritage Providence. Paper presentation.

Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA2017), Conference, March 2017. Visualization as Analysis in Archaeology Session: Making and Meaning-Making in Virtual Archaeology. Paper presentation and Session Organizer.

Society for American Archaeology (SAA2017), Conference, Vancouver, March 2017. Methods and Models for Teaching Digital Archaeology and Heritage Session: Looting, Robotics and Experiential Archaeology for non-Archaeologists. Co-authored paper presentation – presented and co-authored by Dr. Jean Li.

Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS), Symposium, Waterloo, November 2016, Session: The Digital and the Physical: Knowledge Construction of Iroquoian Longhouse Construction and Use within Virtual Reality. Paper presentation.

ARIADNE Summer School, Digital Curation Unit-IMIS, Athena Research Centre, June 2016. Expert forum: The future of archaeological knowledge curation 2021-2026. Invited Panelist.

Society for American Archaeology, Conference, Orlando, April 2016. Technological Advances in Archaeology Session: Virtual Archaeology, Virtual Longhouses and "Envisioning the Unseen" within the Archaeological Record. Paper presentation.

B3Dimentional Design Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto ON, October 2015. Virtual Archaeology, Virtual Longhouses and "Envisioning the Unseen" within the Archaeological Record. Michael Carter. Paper presentation and Session Organizer.

CAGS-SSHRC: Imagining Canada's Future, Joint University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor Conference, University of Western Ontario, London ON, March 2015. Keynote Speaker.

Brazil-Canada Collaboration Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2014.  The Role of Government and Academia in the Innovation Economy.  Panelist.

Canadian Archaeological Association Conference (CAA2014), London ON, May 2014.  Virtual Archaeology Session: VFX Methodologies for Scientific Visualization in Archaeology.  Michael Carter. Paper presentation and Session Organizer.

Animation Today II, Ontario Animation Colleges’ perspective & views on the Industry & talent as it stands today, CASO Visionary Lunch, April 2014.  Michael Carter, Noel Hooper, Mark Jones, Philip Krueger, Jakub Pazera.  Panelist.

University of Western Ontario, Big Data, Entrepreneurship and Industry, March 2014.  Panelist.

University of Western Ontario, Big Data in the SSHRC Disciplines Data from the Past, Present and Future, March 2014.  Conference co-Organizer and Panelist.

Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference, University College London, UK, November 2012.  Digital Artifact Ecosystems: The “Internet of Things” in Archaeology.  Namir Ahmed, Michael Carter, Neal Ferris. Co-presenter.

Digital Dialogue, Ontario Media Development Corporation Conference, June 2010. Canada’s National Digital Strategy. John Barrack, Mark Bishop, Michael Carter, Neil Hiscox, Duncan McKie, Carolyn Wood. Panelist.