I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California, Merced, where I lead the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group. My research program is interdisciplinary, spanning multiple areas, including computer science, cognitive science, human factors, virtual reality, accessibility, and applied artificial intelligence. My mission as a researcher is to make computer systems accessible to everyone by developing intuitive, effective, and enjoyable input and interaction techniques. I have received many awards for my research activities, including the Hellman Fellowship, the Michael A. J. Sweeney Award, and the CHISIG Gitte Lindgaard Award. Before joining UC Merced, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ryerson University, an NSERC ENGAGE Postdoctoral Fellow at York University, and a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond. I received my PhD in Computer Science from York University. I also hold an MSc from Lakehead University and a BSc from Trent University, both in Computer Science.
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I am looking for hard-working, self-motivated, and scientifically curious students to join my research group. PhD positions are fully funded. MS positions are self-funded. Undergraduate and high school students are also encouraged to apply for volunteering opportunities. Visit Information for Prospective Students for further details. Current UC Merced students complete the Student Background & Interests Form to express interest in joining my group.
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