We currently have three full-time faculty members and over twenty graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose research spans these areas, and offer over half a dozen graduate courses to help students develop and expand their knowledge of HCI. The group's research is primarily conducted within the Dynamic Graphics Project (DGP) laboratory, which houses both the HCI and Computer Graphics groups, and is superbly equipped with state-of-the-art technology including large scale high-resolution displays, sophisticated optical motion-tracking hardware, 3D volumetric displays, and numerous other imaging and sensing equipment. Several full-time staff members provide technical and administrative support to the group.
Reflecting the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the field, our group collaborates widely with colleagues in several disciplines including Psychology, Sociology, Information Studies, Architecture, and Mechanical/Industrial Engineering within the university and at leading academic institutions and industrial laboratories worldwide. The group is also a key player within the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) – an interdisciplinary institute that brings together over two dozen faculty on campus who work in areas related to HCI. These faculty significantly complement and expand the expertise of our core HCI faculty, and often (co)supervise graduate students within our department.
AcknowledgementsOur group has been recognized by several prestigious awards including Premier's Research Excellence Awards, endowed chairs from the Canada Research Chairs and Bell University Laboratories programs, multiple best-paper awards at the top conferences in the field – ACM CHI, UIST and CSCW, and election to the ACM CHI Academy. Our research is supported by grants from federal and provincial agencies such as NSERC, CFI, CITO, MITACS, Bell University Labs and industrial partners such as Microsoft, IBM, and SMART Technologies. This includes a recent $5.5M NSERC grant for CSCW research that involves the top researchers from six universities across Canada.