The Interactive Experiences Lab (ixLab) at Simon Fraser University’s School of Computing Science specializes in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Visualization (InfoVis). Using an interdisciplinary, human-centered approach, we invent, design, prototype and study novel interactive data visualization and computing systems with the overt intention to empower people, helping to make it more possible for them to tackle technology and data challenges in a variety of domains.
Sheelagh Carpendale is a Full Professor at Simon Fraser University in the School of Computing Science. Her research focuses on information visualization, interaction design, and qualitative empirical research. By studying how people interact with information both in work and social settings, she works towards designing more natural, accessible and understandable interactive visual representations of data. She combines information visualization and human-computer interaction with innovative new interaction techniques to better support the everyday practices of people who are viewing, representing, and interacting with information.
Xing-Dong Yang is an Associate Professor in human-computer interaction (HCI) at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He investigates future interactive systems and brings interactivity to everyday objects. His work focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of novel interactive systems for smart everyday “things”, ranging from watches to garments, accessories, appliances, and furniture. Aside from contributing new systems and knowledge to the field, I use the experiences from my own research to inform the investigation of prototyping tools to enable broader participation of research activities in my field for people without a strong background in electronics, sensors, or actuators.
Parmit Chilana is an Associate Professor in human-computer interaction (HCI) and Ebco-Eppich Research Chair at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Parmit’s core research in HCI focuses on inventing and deploying user-centered software help and learning techniques for feature-rich applications in a variety of domains, such as 3D modeling, education, health, and software development. In particular, she is passionate about using interdisciplinary approaches to understand and design for user diversity and empower users from all backgrounds and skills levels to use, learn, and program emerging technologies. Parmit’s work has been recognized with several awards and honors, including Best Paper Awards at venues such as ACM CHI and an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award.
Thesis title: An Example-Based Customization Sharing Platform to Support Educators with Using Feature-Rich Classroom Software
Co-supervisors: Parmit K. Chilana (SFU) and Joanna McGrenere (UBC)
Congratulations Dr. Vermette!
We will be presenting two new papers on feature-rich software learnability at IEEE VLHCC 2020.
You can find out more about these publications here.
Vermette et al. received an Honorable Mention Award at DIS 2020 for "Peek-through Customization: Example-Based In-Context Sharing for Learning Management Systems."
You can find out more about this publication here.