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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.

Prospective Students

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.


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