I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Merced, where I lead the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group.
As a researcher, my goal is to make computer technologies accessible to everyone by developing intuitive, effective, and enjoyable 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 MS and BS in Computer Science from Lakehead University (Web Service/Security) and Trent University (3D Radiation Visualization), respectively.
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I am always looking for hard-working, self-motivated, and scientifically curious students to join my research group. A range of graduate and undergraduate projects are available. The candidate must have strong skills in computer programming, interaction design, and/or quantitative research methods. Visit Information for Prospective Students for further details. Current UC Merced students, complete the (requires institutional login) to express interest in working with me. Contact me directly for information on Research Specialist and Postdoctoral Fellow positions. Unpaid on-campus or remote volunteering opportunities are also available. Like us on Student Background & Interests FormFacebook for updates, including research opportunities, publications, and details on how to participate in our user studies.
- April 5, 2018 Received a Research Grant through the Academic Senate Faculty Research Grants Program at UC Merced.
- March 1, 2018 I am co-organizing the Socio-Technical Aspects of Text EntryMobileHCI 2018 Workshop on . 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. Webpage
February 20, 2018 I will give a series of lectures at the ACM SIGCHI Summer School on "Research Methods and Approaches to Text Entry and Other Interaction Techniques" in IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India from May 21-25, 2018. Other guest lecturers of the school are Drs. Per Ola Kristensson, Mark Dunlop, and Keith Vertanen.
The school is open to researchers and students from both industry and academia. ACM SIGCHI will sponsor the registration, travel, and lodging for multiple student participants. Visit this page for more information. Facebook
- January 15, 2018 WebTEM: A Web Application to Record Text Entry Metrics 2.0 is now live! You can access it via http://webtem.site. This version improves the look-and-feel, includes new performance metrics and experimental conditions, and most excitingly, supports remote/in-the-wild user studies. See the Update Log for other exciting changes. Email me to report bugs, request new feature, or for access to an older version.
- January 8, 2018 I am on the Program Committee for the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (TVX 2018).