Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak

Graduate Student

I am currently a PhD candidate working with Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale in the Innovis Group (Interactions Lab, Department of Computer Science) at University of Calgary. I am now a visiting researcher working with Dr. Christopher Collins at vialab. My main areas of interest are Information Visualization (InfoVis), Visual Analytics, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), User Interface Design, and Interaction Design. In particular, my current research focuses on designing visualization for multidimensional and complex data in a variety of contexts such as health, security, and finance. I am interested in exploring the new visualizations and possible extensions of traditional visualizations that can support better depiction of complex datasets.

Contact

http://people.ucalgary.ca/~hossem/
email:  hossem <@> ucalgary <.> ca
linkedIn:  https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/mona-hosseinkhani/62/547/78
twitter: @hosseinkhani_m

Publications

  • [PDF] [DOI] M. H. Loorak, C. Perin, C. Collins, and S. Carpendale, ” Exploring the Possibilities of Embedding Heterogeneous Data Attributes in Familiar Visualizations ,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics , vol. 23 , iss. 1 , pp. 581-590, 2017.
    [Bibtex]
    @Article{loo2016,
    Author = { Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak and Charles Perin and Christopher Collins and Sheelagh Carpendale },
    Journal= {IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics },
    Title= { Exploring the Possibilities of Embedding Heterogeneous Data Attributes in Familiar Visualizations },
    Year= {2017},
    Volume = { 23 },
    Number = { 1 },
    Pages= { 581--590},
    Keywords = { Context;Data visualization;Encoding;Joining processes;Layout;Space exploration;Visualization;Hybrid visualization;Multi-dimensional data },
    DOI = { 10.1109/TVCG.2016.2598586 },
    ISSN = { 1077-2626 },
    Month = jan,
    }
  • M. H. Loorak, C. Perin, N. Kamal, M. Hill, and S. Carpendale, “TimeSpan: Using Visualization to Explore Temporal Multi-dimensional Data of Stroke Patients,” in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 22(1):409-418, 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{Loo2015a,
      author =    {Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak and Charles Perin and Noreen Kamal and Michael Hill and Sheelagh Carpendale},
      title =    {TimeSpan: Using Visualization to Explore Temporal Multi-dimensional Data of Stroke Patients},
      booktitle =    {IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 22(1):409-418},
      year =   2016
    }
  • M. H. Loorak, P. W. L. Fong, and S. Carpendale, “Papilio: Visualizing Android Application Permissions,” in Computer Graphics Forum, 33(3):391-400, 2014, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{Loo2015b,
      author =    {Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak and Philip W.L. Fong and Sheelagh Carpendale},
      title =    {Papilio: Visualizing Android Application Permissions},
      booktitle =    {Computer Graphics Forum, 33(3):391-400, 2014},
      year =   2015
    }
  • M. H. Loorak, “Visualizing Complex Data: Exploring New Ways for Visualizing Structural and Multidimensional Data,” in IEEE VIS Doctoral Colloquium, 2015, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{Loo2015c,
      author =    {Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak},
      title =    {Visualizing Complex Data: Exploring New Ways for Visualizing Structural and Multidimensional Data},
      booktitle =    {IEEE VIS Doctoral Colloquium, 2015},
      year =   2015
    }

Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak
Graduate Student — PhD

Brittany Kondo

Graduate Student

I completed my master’s degree in computer science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). My main research interests lie in the areas of human-computer interaction, interface design and information visualization. My master’s thesis work focused on designing new interaction techniques for exploring changes and navigating time in different types of time-varying information visualizations.

Research Projects

DimpVis: Exploring Time-Varying Information Visualizations by Direct Manipulation (Demo)

DimpPortfolio2
Glidgets: Interactive Glyphs for Exploring Dynamic Graphs (Demo)

GlidgetsPortfolio2
Incorporating Proper Nouns into DocuBurst (Demo)

DocuburstPortfolio

 

Visualizing Document Collections in a Collaborative Environment

EnginuityPortfolio

 

Publications

  • [PDF] [DOI] B. Kondo and C. Collins, “DimpVis: Exploring Time-varying Information Visualizations by Direct Manipulation,” IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. of the IEEE Conf. on Information Visualization), vol. 20, iss. 12, pp. 2003-2012, 2014.
    [Bibtex]
    @Article{Kon2014b,
      title={DimpVis: Exploring Time-varying Information Visualizations by Direct Manipulation},
      author={Kondo, Brittany and Collins, Christopher},
      journal={IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. of the IEEE Conf. on Information Visualization)},
      month = dec, 
      volume = 20, 
      number = 12,
      year = 2014,
     pages = {2003 -- 2012},
     doi = {10.1109/TVCG.2014.2346250}
    }
  • [PDF] B. Kondo, “Object-centric Temporal Navigation for Dynamic Information Visualizations,” Master Thesis, 2014.
    [Bibtex]
    @MastersThesis{Kon2014a,
      author =    {Brittany Kondo},
      title =    {Object-centric Temporal Navigation for Dynamic Information Visualizations},
      school =    {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year =    2014
    }
  • [PDF] B. Kondo, “A Web-Based Visualization of Large Document Collections in a Collaborative Environment,” , 2011.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{kon2011a,
    author = {Brittany Kondo},
    title = {A Web-Based Visualization of Large Document Collections in a Collaborative Environment},
    venue = {UOIT Student Research Showcase},
    year = 2011
    }
  • [PDF] B. Kondo, “Incorporating Proper Nouns into a Web-Based Document Visualization,” , 2012.
    [Bibtex]
    @BachelorsThesis{kon2012a,
      author = {Brittany Kondo},
      title = {Incorporating Proper Nouns into a Web-Based Document Visualization},
      school = {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year = 2012
    }
  • [PDF] B. Kondo, H. Mehta, and C. Collins, “Glidgets: Interactive Glyphs for Exploring Dynamic Graphs,” , 2014.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{Kon2014c,
    author = {Brittany Kondo and Hrim Mehta and Christopher Collins},
    title = {Glidgets: Interactive Glyphs for Exploring Dynamic Graphs},
    venue = {Proc. of IEEE Conf. on Information Visualization (InfoVis)},
    note = {Best Poster Award},
      series =   {Poster},
    address = {Paris, France},
    year = 2014
    }

Contact

You can contact me through e-mail at brittany.kondo@gmail.com.
You can also find me on mendeley, LinkedIn, and github.

Brittany Kondo
Graduate Student — MSc

Erik Paluka

Graduate Student

To check out my current and past work, go to my personal website at www.erikpaluka.com

My research interests deal with human-computer interaction, specifically multi-touch and spatial interaction, and information visualization. I completed a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). During this time, I spent over four years as a member of the Visualization for Information Analysis lab (vialab) under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Collins.

You can find my contact information by going to my website.

LinkedIn Page

 Publications

  • [PDF] E. Paluka and C. Collins, “TandemTable: Supporting Conversations and Language Learning Using a Multi-Touch Digital Table,” in Proceedings of the 2015 Graphics Interface Conference (GI ’15), 2015, pp. 139-146.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{pal2015a,
      author = {Erik Paluka and Christopher Collins},
      title = {TandemTable: Supporting Conversations and Language Learning Using a Multi-Touch Digital Table},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2015 Graphics Interface Conference (GI '15)},
      series = {GI '15},
      year = {2015},
      publisher = {ACM},
     pages = {139--146}
    }
  • [PDF] K. Sikes, Z. Cook, E. Paluka, M. Hancock, and C. Collins, “The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit,” in SurfNet: Designing Digital Surface Applications, F. Maurer, Ed., Calgary: NSERC SurfNet, 2016, pp. 256-273.
    [Bibtex]
    @incollection{sikes2016a,
      author      = {Kalev Sikes and Zachary Cook and Erik Paluka and Mark Hancock and Christopher Collins},
      title       = {The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit},
      editor      = {Frank Maurer},
      booktitle   = {SurfNet: Designing Digital Surface Applications},
      publisher   = {NSERC SurfNet},
      address     = {Calgary},
      year        = 2016,
      pages       = {256--273}
    }
  • [PDF] [DOI] R. Veras, E. Paluka, M. Chang, V. Tsang, F. Shein, and C. Collins, “Interaction for Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices,” in Proc. of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI ’14), 2014, pp. 157-161.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{ver2014c,
      author = {Rafael Veras and Erik Paluka and Meng-Wei Chang and Vivian Tsang and Fraser Shein and Christopher Collins},
      title = {Interaction for Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices},
      booktitle = {Proc. of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI '14)},
      series = {MobileHCI '14},
      year = {2014},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-3004-6},
      location = {Toronto, ON, Canada},
      pages = {157 -- 161},
      numpages = {5},
      doi = {10.1145/2628363.2628387},
      acmid = {2628387},
      publisher = {ACM},
    }
  • [PDF] [DOI] E. Paluka and C. Collins, “Augmenting tandem language learning with the TandemTable,” , pp. 437-440, 2013.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{pal2013a,
      author =    {Erik Paluka and Christopher Collins},
      title =    {Augmenting tandem language learning with the TandemTable},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2013 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (Poster Session)},
      series = {ITS '13},  
      year =   2013,
      isbn = {978-1-4503-2271-3},
      location = {St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom},
      pages = {437 -- 440},
      numpages = {4},
      doi = {10.1145/2512349.2514922},
      acmid = {2514922},
      publisher = {ACM},
      address = {New York, NY, USA},
      keywords = {collaboration, digital tabletop, education, interactive, multi-touch, tandem language learning},
      venue = {in Proc. of ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (Poster Session)},
    }
  • [PDF] E. Paluka, “Learning In Tandem: Augmenting Tandem Language Learning With Technology,” , 2012.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{pal2012b,
    author = {Erik Paluka},
    title = {Learning In Tandem: Augmenting Tandem Language Learning With Technology},
    venue = {UOIT Student Research Showcase},
    year = 2012
    }
  • [PDF] E. Paluka, “Simple Multi-Touch: A framework for teaching multi-touch computing,” , 2011.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{pal2011a,
    author = {Erik Paluka},
    title = {Simple Multi-Touch: A framework for teaching multi-touch computing},
    venue = {UOIT Student Research Showcase},
    year = 2011
    }
  • [PDF] E. Paluka, “Enhancing Tandem Language Learning Using an Interactive Tabletop,” , 2012.
    [Bibtex]
    @BachelorsThesis{pal2012aa,
      author = {Erik Paluka},
      title = {Enhancing Tandem Language Learning Using an Interactive Tabletop},
      school = {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year = 2012
    }
  • [PDF] E. Paluka, “Spatial Peripheral Interaction Techniques for Viewing and Manipulating Off-Screen Digital Content,” Master Thesis, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @MastersThesis{pal2015b,
      author =    {Erik Paluka},
      title =    {Spatial Peripheral Interaction Techniques for Viewing and Manipulating Off-Screen Digital Content},
      school =    {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year =    2015
    }
  • [PDF] E. Paluka and C. Collins, “SpatialVis: Visualization of Spatial Gesture Interaction Logs,” in Logging Interactive Visualizations & Visualizing Interaction Logs, 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{pal2016,
      author = {Erik Paluka and Christopher Collins},
      title = {SpatialVis: Visualization of Spatial Gesture Interaction Logs},
      booktitle = {Logging Interactive Visualizations & Visualizing Interaction Logs},
      year = 2016,
      eventdate = {2016-10-23}
    }
Erik Paluka
Graduate Student — MSc

Meng-Wei (Daniel) Chang

Former Graduate Student

I am a former graduate student at UOIT under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Collins. My primary research interests are information visualization and computer graphics, with some human computer interaction thrown in as well.

My master’s thesis dealt with text visualization. We used InfoVis and graphical techniques to visualize physical entities in text documents. Specifically, we looked at helping people understand and analyze a large repository of vehicle complaint reports.

I have a Bachelor’s of Mathematics from University of Waterloo, where I studied Computer Science, with option in Software Engineering. I was in the co-op program at UW, with internship experiences spanning a variety of areas including development of user interfaces, databases and hand-held computing devices. After my undergrad, I spent some time in the financial industry, working with reference data system that facilitate trades and regulatory functions.

In my spare time, I enjoy fast-paced sports such as badminton and table tennis, or endurance based activities like bicycling(60+ km) and hiking (15+ km). I also like photography, cooking and occasionally blasting my trumpet.

LinkedIn Page

Publications

  • [PDF] [DOI] R. Veras, E. Paluka, M. Chang, V. Tsang, F. Shein, and C. Collins, “Interaction for Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices,” in Proc. of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI ’14), 2014, pp. 157-161.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{ver2014c,
      author = {Rafael Veras and Erik Paluka and Meng-Wei Chang and Vivian Tsang and Fraser Shein and Christopher Collins},
      title = {Interaction for Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices},
      booktitle = {Proc. of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI '14)},
      series = {MobileHCI '14},
      year = {2014},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-3004-6},
      location = {Toronto, ON, Canada},
      pages = {157 -- 161},
      numpages = {5},
      doi = {10.1145/2628363.2628387},
      acmid = {2628387},
      publisher = {ACM},
    }
  • [PDF] M. Chang, “Exploring Entities in Text with Descriptive Non-photorealistic Rendering,” Master Thesis, 2012.
    [Bibtex]
    @MastersThesis{CHA2012a,
      author =    {Meng-Wei Chang},
      title =    {Exploring Entities in Text with Descriptive Non-photorealistic Rendering},
      school =    {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year =    2012
    }
  • [PDF] M. Chang and C. Collins, “Exploring Entities in Text with Descriptive Non-photorealistic Rendering,” in Proc. of the 2013 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PACIFICVIS ’13), 2013.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{CHA2013a,
      author = {Meng-Wei Chang and Christopher Collins},
      title = {Exploring Entities in Text with Descriptive Non-photorealistic Rendering},
      booktitle = {Proc. of the 2013 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PACIFICVIS '13)},
      year = 2013
    }
  • [PDF] E. Alexander, C. Chang, M. Shimabukuro, S. Franconeri, C. Collins, and M. Gleicher, “The Biasing Effect of Word Length in Font Size Encodings,” , 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{shi2016,
    author = {Eric Alexander and Chih-Ching Chang and Mariana Shimabukuro and Steven Franconeri and Christopher Collins and Michael Gleicher},
    title = {The Biasing Effect of Word Length in Font Size Encodings},
    venue = { Proc IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis), Posters },
    series = {Poster},
    note = {Honorable Mention for Best Poster},
    year = 2016
    }
  • [PDF] [DOI] E. Alexander, C. Chang, M. Shimabukuro, S. Franconeri, C. Collins, and M. Gleicher, “Perceptual Biases in Font Size as a Data Encoding,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 24, iss. 8, pp. 2397-2410, 2017.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{ale2017a,
      title={Perceptual Biases in Font Size as a Data Encoding},
      author={Eric Alexander and Chih-Ching Chang and Mariana Shimabukuro and Steven Franconeri and Christopher Collins and Michael Gleicher},
      publisher={TVCG Journal},
     journal = {IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics},
     ISSN = { 1077-2626 },
      volume = 24,
      Number = {8},
      Pages= { 2397--2410},
      year=2017,
      doi={10.1109/TVCG.2017.2723397}
    }
Meng-Wei (Daniel) Chang
Graduate Student — MSc

Akshay Manchanda

Akshay Manchanda is a fourth year honours undergraduate student in computer science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, with a specialization in digital media. He was an undergraduate research assistant in the vialab research group in the summer of 2014, working on marking menus for label sketching in visualizations.

LinkedIn Page

Akshay Manchanda
Undergraduate Student

Zachary Cook

Senior Honours Undergraduate Student

My work deals with software interfaces for multitouch surfaces. I am currently a student of the BSc. Honours Computing Science Co-op program at UOIT, on track to graduate in the spring of 2014. From May 2012 to September 2013, I was the SurfNet intern in the vialab at UOIT under the supervision of Dr. Mark Hancock and Dr. Christopher Collins.

LinkedIn Page

Publications

  • [PDF] K. Sikes, Z. Cook, E. Paluka, M. Hancock, and C. Collins, “The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit,” in SurfNet: Designing Digital Surface Applications, F. Maurer, Ed., Calgary: NSERC SurfNet, 2016, pp. 256-273.
    [Bibtex]
    @incollection{sikes2016a,
      author      = {Kalev Sikes and Zachary Cook and Erik Paluka and Mark Hancock and Christopher Collins},
      title       = {The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit},
      editor      = {Frank Maurer},
      booktitle   = {SurfNet: Designing Digital Surface Applications},
      publisher   = {NSERC SurfNet},
      address     = {Calgary},
      year        = 2016,
      pages       = {256--273}
    }
  • [PDF] Z. Cook, “The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit,” , 2013.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{coo2013a,
    author = {Zachary Cook},
    title = {The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit},
    venue = {UOIT Student Research Showcase},
    year = 2013
    }
  • Z. Cook, “Virtual Reality Graph Interaction and Visualization,” , 2014.
    [Bibtex]
    @BachelorsThesis{coo2014a,
      author =    {Zachary Cook},
      title =    {Virtual Reality Graph Interaction and Visualization},
      school = {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year =   2014,
    }
Zachary Cook
SurfNet Intern/Undergraduate Student

Taurean Scantlebury

Former Senior Honours Undergraduate Student

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in the Computing Science Digital Forensics Specialization program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in April 2014.  My research interest lies within forensic linguistics, with a main focus on writeprint analysis.

For my honors project I worked on SentimentState, a web based visualization tool that creates an interactive timeline graph of a user’s Twitter based on the sentiment used in their words.

The NRC Emotion Lexicon that was used in this project was developed and provided by Saif Mohammed.

I can be contacted at taur.scant@gmail.com.

LinkedIn Page

Publications

  • T. Scantlebury, “SentimentState: Exploring Sentiment Analysis on Twitter,” , 2014.
    [Bibtex]
    @BachelorsThesis{sca2014a,
      author =    {Taurean Scantlebury},
      title =    {SentimentState: Exploring Sentiment Analysis on Twitter},
      school = {University of Ontario Institute of Technology},
      year =   2014,
    }
Taurean Scantlebury
Senior Honours Undergraduate Student

Prateek Panwar

Graduate Student

I have completed my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) field from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Karnataka, India. From the beginning till end of my four years graduate course, I was involved in different projects and research work which boosted my interest to explore the vast field of technology. As a techno-savvy myself, I am always excited to try and learn state-of-art technologies which has given my research interest an infinite set of topics, out of which I am more inclined towards Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), BCI, Vision and Machine Learning. In addition to that, my interest also lies in the area of Web development and Parallel programming.

As a regular college student, I worked on various mini projects and developed an intranet social networking site as a major project which was successfully deployed in college campus. Moreover, during my college period, I also worked as a visiting researcher at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India for two and a half years and developed different “Gaze-Based Text Entry” Systems. I have published papers in reputed libraries like ACM and IEEE and was awarded for one of them.

I am pursuing my fully funded Master’s from University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada.

Contact

Email:
prateek.panwar@uoit.ca
prateekpanwar31{at}gmail.com

Personal Website:
https://prateekpanwar31.wordpress.com/

Publications

  • [PDF] P. Panwar, A. Bradley, and C. Collins, “Detecting Negative Emotion for Mixed Initiative Visual Analytics.” 2018.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{pan2018b,
    author = {Prateek Panwar and Adam Bradley and Christopher Collins},
    title = {Detecting Negative Emotion for Mixed Initiative Visual Analytics},
    venue = {Machine Learning from User Interaction for Visualization and Analytics},
    year = 2018
    }
  • [PDF] P. Panwar and C. Collins, “Detecting Negative Emotion for Mixed Initiative Visual Analytics,” , 2018.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{pan2018a,
    author = {Prateek Panwar and Christopher Collins},
    title = {Detecting Negative Emotion for Mixed Initiative Visual Analytics},
    venue = {Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)},
    year = 2018,
    note = {Late-breaking Work}
    }
  • [PDF] M. K. Sukhwani and P. Panwar, “Talking Hands: RNN-based Sign Language Recognition,” , 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{pan2016b,
    author = {Mohak Kumar Sukhwani and Prateek Panwar},
    title = {Talking Hands: RNN-based Sign Language Recognition},
    venue = {Graphics Interface (GI)},
    year = 2016,
    note = {Poster}
    }
  • [PDF] M. K. Sukhwani and P. Panwar, “Talking Hands: RNN-based Sign Language Recognition,” , 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{pan2016a,
    author = {Mohak Kumar Sukhwani and Prateek Panwar},
    title = {Talking Hands: RNN-based Sign Language Recognition},
    venue = {Graphics Interface (GI)},
    year = 2016,
    note = {Paper}
    }

Prateek Panwar, Sayan Sarcar and Debasis Samanta, “EyeBoard: A Fast and Accurate Eye Gaze-based Text Entry System”, In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction, Kharagpur, India, December 27 – 29, 2012: 1-8, (IEEE)

Sayan Sarcar and Prateek Panwar, “EyeK: An Efficient Dwell-Free Eye Gaze-Based Text Entry System”, In Proceedings of the 11th Asia Pacific on Computer Human Interaction, Bangalore, India, September 24 – 27, 2013, (ACM) (Best Poster)

Sayan Sarcar and Prateek Panwar. “Eyeboard++: An enhanced eye gaze-based text entry system in Hindi.” Proceedings of the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction, Bangalore, India, September 24 – 27, 2013, (ACM)

Prateek Panwar
Graduate Student – MSc

Kalev Kalda Sikes

Intern and Undergraduate Student

I am an undergraduate computer science student at UOIT. My main area of interest lies in artificial intelligence, however I am quite interested by all manner of computer science problems, including networks, security, user interface design, and quality assurance, as well as social problems, such as education, healthcare, and equality. I am on track to graduate from UOIT’s Co-op Computer Science Program in the spring of 2015.

I am currently working as an intern for SurfNet under Dr. Christopher Collins of UOIT and Dr. Mark Hancock of University of Waterloo. My current work involves the maintenance and development The Simple Multi-Touch Toolkit (SMT), a library for Processing aimed at making multi-touch interactions easier to use for the non-coder.

I have no public personal projects in development at this time. I do, however, have a private project in development. Its tentative first release is set for summer of 2014. I am also in the process of conceiving and working through new project ideas, as well as planning the thesis of my final undergraduate year.

I am an advocate for GNU/Linux adoption in all areas of computing. I prefer Fedora for everyday use. It is a personal goal of mine to one day contribute to the linux ecosystem in some way.

LinkedIn Page

Kalev Kalda Sikes
Intern and Undergraduate Student

Gabrielle Perez Dias

Graduate Student

My name’s Gabrielle, I’m from Brazil and I have been a developer for almost 9 years, I am always trying new languages, plugins and frameworks, seeking for the best one.

I got my Bachelor degree in Brazil in Information Systems, and I worked in the area during my entire university life.

During this time, being able to work in different companies in culture and applications, I’ve faced some daily problems common to all of the ones in this area. When I decided to apply for a Master’s degree I knew that I wanted to help people like me, developers; Because we always think about the end user, we always try to make the best products for them, but just for once I wanted to help me and my peers.

Interruption is an issue that affects and disturbs all developers. Many researchers have focused in avoiding them, but the fact is that even with all notifications turned off, interruptions will occur – breaks to go to the bathroom for example – so, instead of focusing in the inevitable my supervisors, Dr. Christopher Collins and Dr. Jeremy Bradbury, and I chose to focus in helping the recovery scenario that currently takes too much time and energy.

In my free time I like to cook, bake, make all kind of handcraft work and play video games.

Contact

gabrielle.perezdias@uoit.ca

Publications

Gabrielle Perez Dias
Graduate Student — MSc

Pablo Valenzuela

Graduate Student

I am currently a master student at Computer Science Department of Universidad de la Frontera, Chile. My areas of interest are Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning with focus on Social Sciences. I am now a visiting scholar under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Collins and Dr. Adam Bradley at vialab where I am working on a project related to analyzing and visualizing the collection of scientific literature in Canada.

Contact

email: pablo.valenzuela@ufrontera.cl
twitter: @pavt

Pablo Valenzuela
Graduate Student – MSC

Taylor Smith

Undergraduate Student

I am currently completing a Bachelor of Science in the field of Computing Science at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), with a minor in Applied and Industrial Mathematics.

In the future I plan to pursue further education with a Masters Degree in either Computing Science or Mathematics.

My main interests include: Optimization(both in computing and in the mathematical sense), Data Analysis and Abstract Algebra.

Taylor Smith
Undergraduate Student

Santiago Bonada

Undergraduate Student

I am currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science at the University of Ontario  Institute of Technology. My interest are in computer graphics, computer vision, high performance computing, and machine learning.

My work in the lab revolves around the use of head mounted eye trackers in order to investigate alternative gaze-based methods for user input in the context of shared displays.

Contact info:
Santiago.Bonada@uoit.net

Publications

  • [PDF] [DOI] S. Bonada, R. Veras, and C. Collins, “Personalized Views for Immersive Analytics,” in Proc. of the ACM ISS Workshop on Immersive Analytics, 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{bon2016a,
      author = {Santiago Bonada and Rafael Veras and Christopher Collins},
      title = {Personalized Views for Immersive Analytics},
      booktitle = {Proc. of the ACM ISS Workshop on Immersive Analytics},
      series = {ISS},
      year = {2016},
      publisher = {ACM},
     doi = {10.1145/3009939.3009953}
    }
Santiago Bonada
Undergraduate Student

Thao Truong

Undergraduate Student

I am an fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at UOIT.  I am set to graduate from the Computing Science Co-op program, specializing in digital media in spring of 2016.  I have worked on an interactive scheduling system that predicts an ideal scheme and allows user modifications, as well as an audit module, that monitors quality of products and generates reports and diagrams over a period of time.

I’m currently working on my undergraduate thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Collins in the ViaLabYou can contact me by email at thuy.truong1@uoit.net

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Thao Truong
Undergraduate Student

Michael Lombardo

Undergraduate Student

I am a third year Computer Science student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, working as an undergraduate research student in Vialab. In the future I plan on pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Science specializing in either computer visualization or data science. My interests in computer science include: visualization, human computer interaction, holography, data science, and augmented reality.

Contact info: michael.lombardo@uoit.net

Publications

  • [PDF] M. Lombardo, R. Weagant, and C. Collins, “Exploratory Data Analysis on Student Retention,” , 2017.
    [Bibtex]
    @poster{lom2017,
    author = {Michael Lombardo and Riley Weagant and Christopher Collins},
    title = {Exploratory Data Analysis on Student Retention},
    venue = {UOIT Student Research Showcase},
    year = 2017
    }

Michael Lombardo
Undergraduate Student

Rhys Agombar

Undergraduate Student

As of December, 2017, I have completed my Undergraduate degree in Computer Science (Digital Media Specialization) at UOIT. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters degree at the Universität Bonn in Germany. My study plan is a hybrid plan focusing on the fields of Intelligent Systems and Computer Vision.

Contact

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to send me an email (rhys.agombar@uoit.net).

Rhys Agombar
Undergraduate Student
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