Steven Mann (born in Hamilton, Ontario), is a tenured professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with cross-appointments to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty of Forestry, at the University of Toronto, and is a P.Eng. (Professional Engineer), licensed through PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario). He is also General Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society and Associate Editor of IEEE Technology and Society.
Mann holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Media Arts and Sciences '97) and McMaster University, where he was also inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Hall of Fame, Alumni Gallery, 2004, in recognition of his career as an inventor and teacher. While at MIT, in then Director Nicholas Negroponte's words he "brought the seed" that founded the Wearable Computing group in the Media Lab. In 2004 he was named the recipient of the 2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence for his article "Existential Technology," published in Leonardo 36:1.
Many of Mann's inventions pertain to the field of computational photography.