News Archive

Honourable Mention award in CHI 2020

July 04, 2020

Congratulations to Teng Han, alumnus, for winning the Honourable Mention award in 2020 the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(CHI 2020)!

More Awards Winners

December 10, 2019

Congratulations to Ananta Chowhury for receiving a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) to support her M.Sc. research.  Congratulations also to Daniel Rea and Stela Seo, each of whom received an NSERC/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Best of luck to Ananta, Daniel and Stela!

Award and Distinction Winners !!

September 30, 2019

Ali Neshati and MD Hosne Al Walid Shaiket are awarded the prestigious University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) for Ph.D. and M.Sc. level studies respectively. Besides,Delica Leboe-McGowan earned the distinction of President’s Scholar for her outstanding previous academic record. Congratulations to award winners and President’s Scholar!!

Honourable Mention award in C&C 2019

July 10, 2019

Congratulations to Elaheh Sanoubari, PhD student, and Dr James Young for winning the Honourable Mention award in the 12th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 2019!

HCI Lab Alumnus Dr. Teng Han to join Chinese Academy of Science

April 21, 2019

Our lab alumnus Teng Han will be joining the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science as an Associate Researcher.

UManitoba HCI Lab wishes all the best for his future.

Honourable Mention award in CHI 2019

April 21, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. William Delamare, alumnus, and Ali Neshati, PhD student, for winning the Honourable Mention award in 2019 the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(CHI 2019)!

Andrea Bunt awarded CS-Can | Info-Can Young Researcher Award

March 20, 2019

Congralulations to Dr. Andrea Bunt for being a recipient of the 2018 CS-Can | Info-Can Young Researcher Award.

Best HCI Poster at Graphics Interface 2018

May 19, 2018

Congratulations to Patrick Dubois, Daniel Rea, Meghan Chua and Kevin Hoang on their Best HCI Poster award at Graphics Interface 2018

Honourable Mention award in CHI 2018

April 04, 2018

Congratulations to Gaganpreet Singh, Msc student and Dr. William Delamare, Postdoctoral fellow, for winning the Honourable Mention award in 2018 the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(CHI 2018)!

Best Paper Award in GI 18

April 04, 2018

Congratulations to Junkyeok Kim, Msc student, and Dr. William Delamare, Postdoctoral fellow, for winning the Best Paper Award in 44th International Conference on Graphics, Visualization, & Human-Computer Interation(GI 18)!

HCI Lab Alumnus Dr. Barrett Ens to join Monash University

October 12, 2017

Our Lab alumnus Dr. Barrett Ens will be joining the Immersive Analytics Group at the Monash University in Melbourne (starting on May 1st, 2018). Congratulations to Barrett! Barrett completed his PhD in 2016. He was selected for that year’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards from the FGS.

UManitoba HCI Lab wishes all the best for his future.


HCI Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. William Delamare to join Kochi University of Technology

October 04, 2017

Dr. William Delamare joins CHEC, Kochi University of Technology, Japan, as an Assistant Professor (similar to Postdoc in North America). He will work with Prof. Xiangshi Ren. Congratulations!

HCI Lab Alumnus Khalad Hasan to join San Francisco State University

June 22, 2017

Our lab alumnus Khalad Hasan will be joining the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University as Assistant Professor.

UManitoba HCI Lab wishes all the best for his future.

Congratulations, Khalad!

Best Paper at Graphics Interface 2017

May 13, 2017

Congratulations to Patrick Dubois on his Best Paper award at Graphics Interface 2017!

Robot Painter

April 28, 2016

Picassnake, a robot painter prepared for RobotArt competition, has been featured in IEEE spectrum

RobotArt team link IEEE Spectrum article


“Would You Do as a Robot Commands?” Featured in Harvard Business Review Article

May 28, 2015

Lab alumnus Derek Cormier's work, "Would You Do as a Robot Commands?", has been featured in a Harvard Business Review article. Take a look!

Lab Alumnus, Xing-Dong Yang, to join at Dartmouth College

April 17, 2015

Our lab alumnus Xing-Dong Yang will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College as Assistant Professor from July 1, 2015. UManitoba HCI lab wishes all the best in his new position.

Congratulations, Xing-Dong!

PaintBoard Wins Best Paper Award at ACM HAI 2014

November 05, 2014

UManitoba HCI lab members Daniel J. Rea and James E. Young received a Best Paper Award at the 2nd International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction with co-author Takeo Igarashi for their paper "PaintBoard – Prototyping Interactive Character Behaviors by Digitally Painting Storyboards". Congratulations on this achievement!

Personal Cockpit on Discovery News

March 12, 2014

With Barret Ens' Personal Cockpit you carry your apps in your hand, or stick them to the wall, or have then follow you. Discovery News has taken note.

“Humans Obey Robots” Media Reports

March 12, 2014

Recent work by Derek Cormier on whether humans will obey order issued by robots has sparked discussions around the web. Brian Merchant at praises the paper and reports that given that robots are to continue taking our jobs, more research is needed. Similarly, Jason Dorrier at also covers the work and concludes "Human-robot interaction will grow in coming years, particularly in healthcare and the military. A greater body of behavioural research can inform future designs and potentially prevent harmful obedience. (Or, we might add, promote healthy disobedience.)".

Derek's Project Brian Merchant's article at Jason Dorrier's article at SingularityHUB

New Scientists Interviews Barrett Ens about his “Cockpit for Apps”

February 20, 2014

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6 Papers Accepted at CHI2014

January 27, 2014

Our lab has had 6 papers accepted at CHI this year.  Check out our publications page for more details.

Dr. Pourang Irani Receives Research Chair

November 29, 2013

Dr. Pourang Irani is a new Tier 2 (awarded $500,000 over the next five years) Canada Research Chair in Ubiquitous Analytics. Irani has a vision for the next generation of analytic tools in which ubiquitous comput ing will facilitate insight-driven interaction with data, anywhere.

Launch of new website for HCI lab

April 23, 2013

The new website for HCI lab has been launched. Please visit this website to learn about the people, research, projects and all the latest news about the HCI lab.

CrashAlert in the MIT Tech Review

April 15, 2013

CrashAlert was covered by the MIT Tech Review. Click here for details.

First Place in People Choice Category at UIST 2012

October 10, 2012

Jedi (puppet) Masters won first place in the People Choice category at the UIST 2012 student competition. Congratulations to all team members!!!

CHI 2012 Best Paper Award

April 10, 2012

Andrea Bunt received a Best Paper award at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012) for her paper entitled "Improving Command Selection with CommandMaps" with co-authors Joey Scarr, Carl Gutwin and Andy Cockburn.

Scholarship Winners

April 10, 2012

Daniel Rae, Barrett Ens and Derek Cormier are awarded the NSERC and Stela Seo and Adnan Khan are awarded the Graduate Funding Package(GFP) for completing their graduate work. Congratulations to award winners. 

IUI 2012 Best Paper Award

March 02, 2012

Jim Young's paper, "Style by Demonstration: Teaching Interactive Movement Style to Robots", has received the best paper award at the ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2012) .