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Mark Chignell has been a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto since 1990. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California from 1984 to 1990. He received a Ph.D in Psychology (University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1981), and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). He is the director at Interactive Media Lab, and founder and President for two spin-off companies, Centivizer Inc. and Vocalage Inc. He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto since 2002 and he was a visiting scientist at Keio University from 2005 to 2010. He was formerly the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto between 2013 and 2017, and the BUL Chair in Human-Computer Interaction.

Professor Chignell’s has worked on a variety of research areas in human factors,  aging technologies, user interface design, healthcare ergonomics, social computing. Professor Chignell has co-authored books on expert systems and intelligent databases (published by John Wiley & Sons) and he has co-edited three books. He has many journals and conference papers on topics such as hypertext and information retrieval, user interface design and healthcare applications.

To learn more, please check out his Google Scholar, and Wikipedia.

Prof. Mark Chignell



Brian Nejati, PhD in Computer Science
Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: farzad.nejatimoharrami@utorontoDOTca
Interests:  Machine Learning, AI, Technologies for Healthcare


Deborah Fels
Director, Inclusive Design and Media Institute | Professor
Email: dfels@ryerson.ca
Interests: Inclusive design, inclusive media for people with disabilities and older adults


Trevor Hall
Vice President, Healthcare Safety and Risk Management, at HIROC.
Email: thall@hiroc.com
Interests: healthcare safety, risk management, and human factors

Fuqiang Gu
Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Email: fuqiang.gu@mail.utoronto.ca
Interests: Machine learning, mobile sensing, activity recognition
Research Gate: www.researchgate.net/profile/Fuqiang_Gu


Lu Wang
Ph.D Student
Email:  wanglu.wang@mail.utoronto.ca
Interests: Data mining and machine learning, healthcare and cyber-security

Alisha (Yuhong) Yang
MASc Student
Email: yuhong.yang@mail.utoronto.ca
Interests: User Experience / UI Design
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisha-yang-07a002163/

Zahid Abul-Basher
Ph.D student
Email: zahid@mie.utoronto.ca
Interests: Big data, graphs, graph databases, database systems
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zahidabasher/

Bella (Yigong) Zhang
MASc Student
Email: yigong.zhang@mail.utoronto.ca
Interests: Product management, human factors engineering, user experience research/design
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bellaygzhang/

Mu-Huan (Miles) Chung
Ph.D student
Email: mhmchung@mie.utoronto.ca
Interests: Machine learning, UI, AI
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mu-huan-chung-066967135

Alan (Yilun) Zhang
MASc Student
Email: yl.zhang@mail.utoronto.ca
Interests: Machine learning, statistics, healthcare
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-yilun-zhang-836211203/

Trevor Hall

Ph.D student

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevor-hall-9593891b2

Max (Haoyan) Jiang

Ph.D student

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haoyan-jiang


Henrique Matulis
Ph.D student
Email: h.matulis@utoronto.ca
Interests: Curved displays, tangible user interfaces, technologies for aging
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/henrique-matulis-filho-9651b9/



Dr. Henry Moller

Gene Golovchinksy


Martin Briand
Game Developer and User Tester – Centivizer LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/martin-briand-b6a39b142

Sida Chen
Java Engineer – FINRA LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sida-chen-35028465

Amin Azad
User Experience Researcher – Facebook LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amin-azad-017256b1

Thomas He
User Interaction Researcher – Nymi LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-he-81711726

Chelsea DeGuzman
PhD Researcher at Human Factors and Applied Statistics Laboratory – University of Toronto   LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-deguzman-a578a465/

Diego Rivera
Consultant – Customer Experience Systems LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/diego-rivera

Danielle Lottridge
Senior Lecturer –  University of Auckland LinkedIn:

Jacek Gwizdka
Associate Professor – University of Texas LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jgwizdka

David Modjeska 
Senior Data Scientist – Scotiabank LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmodjeska/

Rick Kopak 
Associate Professor – UBC LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-kopak-16952419

Rick Bodner 
Senior Computer Controls Designer – Candu Energy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickbodner

Nipon Charoenkitkarn
Associate Professor – KMUTT LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nipon-charoenkitkarn-907b611b7

Haig Baronikian
President and senior consultant- eFuel Partners Inc. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haigbaronikian

Shengdong Zhao
Associate Professor – University of Toronto   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shengdong-zhao-a616b14

Other Alumni: 

Ryan Kealey

Tiffany Tong

Anita Ko

Erin Yu

Shadi Ghajar-Khosravi

David Canella

Lisa Min

Mahsa Rouzbahman

Stephen Shi

Phil Lam

Andrea Jovanovic

Behnak Yaltaghian