I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced. My primary research interests are in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Starting July 1, 2017.
As a researcher, my goal is to make computer technologies accessible to everyone by developing natural and intuitive input and interaction techniques. Towards that, I study the existing techniques, identify issues with them, and then target those issues from theoretical, behavioral, and practical standpoints. A major thread of my work focuses on smarter solutions for text entry, error correction, and editing on various devices. My other interests include mobile interaction, tangible user interfaces, child-computer interaction, usable security, and scientific data visualization.
I received my PhD in Computer Science (HCI) in 2013 from York University working with Dr. Wolfgang Stuerzlinger. I then joined Flowton Technologies as a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead an NSERC ENGAGE funded project. Upon completion of the project in 2014, I joined Ryerson University as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where I worked with Dr. Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek until joining UC Merced in 2017. I was also a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond in 2012, working with Drs. Bill Buxton, Ken Hinckley, and Michel Pahud. I obtained my MSc and BSc in Computer Science from Lakehead University (Middleware & Web Security) and Trent University (3-D Visualization), respectively.
I am always looking for hard-working, self-motivated, and scientifically curious students to join my research group. A range of PhD and MSc projects are available. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply for short-term projects (e.g., Capstone) and volunteering opportunities. You must have strong skills in computer programming, interaction design, and/or quantitative research methods. Go through my publications and contact me with your CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS score if a specific area/s interests you. You could also include a one-page project statement if you want to pursue your own idea.
Currently, I am seeking applications for multiple fully-funded PhD students in HCI. See the posting.
Contact me for assistance with the evaluation of a research/commercial product's performance, effectiveness, and/or usability.
- May 25, 2017 Two full-papers, one on the Effects of Different Types of Correctness Feedback on Children's Performance with a Mobile Math App (watch a video) and another Mobile Text Entry Challenges Among Low-Income Users in a Developing Country got accepted to the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2017).
- May 15, 2017 Pleased to announce that I have accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced, starting July 1, 2017.
- April 18, 2017 I am on the Program Committee for the 12th ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS 2017). Do consider submitting your work. Please visit the conference for more information. website
- April 7, 2017 A full-paper on Usability of Different Types of Commercial Selfie Sticks got accepted to the 19th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2017).
- December 10, 2016 I am co-organizing the CHI 2017 workshop on Ubiquitous Text Interaction. To participate, submit a short position statement outlining your background, past work, future plans, and suggesting a use-case you would like to explore during the workshop. Alternatively, you could submit a technical paper for possible inclusion in the workshop program. Please visit our for more information. website