As a researcher, my goal is to make computer technologies accessible to everyone by developing natural and intuitive input and interaction techniques. 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 biological data visualization.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from York University, Canada in 2013, under the supervision of Dr. Wolfgang Stuerzlinger. Then I joined Flowton Technologies as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to lead an NSERC ENGAGE funded project. Upon completion of the project in 2014, I joined Synlab at Ryerson University, Canada. I was also a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond in 2012, working with Bill Buxton, Dr. Michel Pahud, and Dr. Ken Hinckley. I obtained my M.Sc. in Computer Science from Lakehead University, Canada and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Trent University, Canada.
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Extending the Design Space of Tangible Objects via Low-Resolution Edge Displays
Active Pathways: Using Active Tangibles and Interactive Tabletops for Collaborative Modeling in Systems Biology
Evaluation of a Smart-Restorable Backspace Technique to Facilitate Text Entry Error Correction
Sparse Tangibles: Collaborative Exploration of Gene Networks Using Active Tangibles and Interactive Tabletops
Experimental study of stroke shortcuts for a touchscreen keyboard with gesture-redundant keys removed
Dec 10, 2016 I am co-organizing the CHI2017 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 website for more information.
Sep 9, 2016 Two extended abstracts, one on a color-coded autocorrection technique for children and another on WebTEM, a Web application to record text entry metrics, got accepted to ACM ISS 2016 (previously known as ITS). Watch a demo video on WebTEM.
Aug 25, 2016 A paper on Active Pathways — a tangible-tabletop system for collaborative modeling in systems biology got accepted to ACM ISS 2016 (previously known as ITS). Watch a demo video.
Aug 8, 2016 I am on the Workshop Program Committee for the Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). Website
Aug 5, 2016 A patent titled "Multi-Gesture Security Code Entry", co-invented with Michel Pahud, Bill Buxton, and Ken Hinckley, filed by Microsoft Corporation, got approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (#14/599,966).