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May 15 2017

Reza GhasemAghaei, PhD

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:19 -0400 From: Robert Biddle <> Today, Reza GhasemAghaei successfully defended his PhD thesis, with only minor revisions required. Congratulations Reza!



Multimodal systems allow user interaction through various methods, or modalities, such as gesture, gaze, speech or head and body movements. There have been many frameworks proposed for the design of multimodal systems, but they focus principally on issues of tech- nical architecture. Some applications for multimodal systems, including education, however, involve issues relating to affective (emotional) user experience.

The thesis presents our experience with creating and applying a framework for multimodal software design and evaluation, with a focus on affect (i.e. emotion) in education. Our goal is to support the system designer, and indirectly also teachers and students. We outline our conceptual basis, adaptation of interaction design and evaluation techniques, and our experience over several case studies. In particular, we describe how our techniques were refined after each case study, and how the evaluation techniques led us to revisit our design techniques. We also gained new insight about the role of the teacher, leading us to develop a new affect visualization dashboard for teachers.

Jul 17 2013

SurfNet 2013 Workshop

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The SurfNet 2013 Workshop was at the University of Calgary again this year. We had the usual updates on research around the network, and interactive displays for our industry partners. The display space was in the wonderful Taylor Family Digital Library, which despite its name is a real bricks’n’mortar facility, but full of space and displays for digital media. We borrowed a multi-touch table, and showed our tool for collaborative security analysis, ACHW. It’s based on the “Analysis of Competing Hypotheses” technique, but with touch interaction and visualizations for collaboration, structured walkthrough support, and seamless persistence across multiple devices, all using HTML5.

May 20 2013

ISSNet 2013 Workshop

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Our ISSNet workshops have been annual events to update ourselves on work across our network, hear about new ideas from outside, and brainstorm future plans. This year we were in Victoria, British Columbia at perhaps the most inspiring location we’ve had, right beside the inner harbour. The 2013 workshop followed the typical plan, although with more talks from people outside the network, Corman Herley and Jaeyeon Jung from Microsoft Research, Joe Bonneau from Google, and Ed Rebane and Catherine Hart from Bell.


Jan 01 2013

Events in 2013

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We should say more about…

  • Conferences:
    • ICSE 2013, San Franciso
    • EICS 2013, London
    • DUI 2013, London
    • SOUPS 2013 in Newcastle

Jan 01 2012

Events in 2012

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We should say more about…

  • Graduations:
    • Alain Forget, PhD
    • Bruna Machado Freitas, MASc
  • Research Network Events:
    • ISSNet 2012 Workshop, Kingston
    • GRAND 2012, Montreal
    • ISSNet 2012 Summer School, Halifax
    • SurfNet 2012 Workshop, Waterloo
  • Conferences:
    • CSCW 2012, Seattle
    • SOUPS 2012, Washington
    • PST 2012, Paris
    • VLHCC 2012, Innsbruck
    • Splash/Onward 2012, Tucson
    • SecureTech 2012, Ottawa

Jan 01 2011

Events in 2011

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  • Nick Wright, MA
  • Elizabeth Stobert, MA

Research Network Events:

  • ISSNet 2011 Workshop, Toronto
  • SurfNet 2011 Workshop, Calgary
  • ISSNet 2012 Summer School, Vancouver


  • SOUPS 2011, Seattle