Karen Collins is Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the University of Waterloo where she teaches digital media, including sound production and video game development. Her research explores how new technologies impact our audio experience, and she has developed sound for and studied the role of sound in smart tables, tablets, video games, slot machines and mobile phones. At the University of Waterloo she was the founding member of the Games Institute, a research centre that explores all aspects of video games. She has published eleven books, including six books on video game sound. Collins was the recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award for her work on Android phone audio, and has recently been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. She is currently studying music and machine learning and working on a book about the history of artificial intelligence.
Prior to her research career, Collins worked as a web developer and helped to build Canada’s first online health clinic. She is also an active entrepreneur and has developed and published music software for games. In her spare time, she makes films, including the award-winning feature-length Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound, which she wrote, directed and edited.