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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 Student Background & Interests Form (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 Facebook for updates, including research opportunities, publications, and details on how to participate in our user studies.

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