David Humphrey is a Professor in the School of Information and Communications Technology, and a founding member of the Centre for Development of Open Technology at Seneca College.
David was involved in the creation of the School’s first degree program (Bachelor of Technology, Software Development), which led Seneca to become more involved in applied research. His area of expertise and research is open source software development, with a particular focus on the web and web browsers. David studied English Literature and Computer Science at McMaster University before doing his graduate work at the University of Toronto.
Through his teaching and research, David has worked closely with a number of industry partners. Chief among these is Mozilla, the creator of the popular Firefox web browser. Over the past ten years, he and Mozilla have involved hundreds of students in many funded research projects related to Firefox and the web, building cutting-edge web technology and providing important real world experience. This includes participating in the creation of new web standards for audio and gaming technologies on the web, implementing existing standards like subtitles for web video, and developing new web technologies for interactivity, animation, and web literacy. David’s research students have gone on to work for Mozilla, Google, Blackberry and other leading technology companies.