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).
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.
Consultation—Contact me for assistance with the evaluation of a research or commercial product's performance, effectiveness, and/or usability.
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 for further information. Like our Facebook page for updates on current openings, volunteering and internship opportunities, ongoing projects, publications, and details on how to participate in our user studies.
- July 2, 2017 An extended abstract on the results of a pilot study evaluating Paper Ladder: A Rating Scale to Collect Children's Opinion in User Studies (watch a video) got accepted to the 19th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2017). Visit this for more information on the extended abstract and to download the Paper Ladder. website
- 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. Read my post. Facebook
- 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).