Lyn Bartram

Professor Associate Member - Computing Science

Lyn Bartram

Professor, Associate Member - Computing Science

Teaching & research interests

  • Data Visualization
  • Visual analytics
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Affective interfaces
  • Information design for sustainability
  • Interactive buildings
  • Data media and practice

Lyn's biography

Lyn is a professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology at SFU, where she is a co-founder and the Director of the CoLab, a multidisplay research facility to investigate how people work together in both co-located and remote contexts. Her research interests include collaboration interfaces, perceptual issues in information visualization, methodologies for interface evaluation, and human interaction in complex systems. In particular she is interested in how the rich visual modality of motion and animation can be used in information visualization and affective interfaces. Her work focuses on understanding what humans do well and how to design interfaces that exploit human perception and cognition, especially in more complex environments with multiple devices, large and distributed displays or multiple users. Officially a computer scientist, she is equally immersed in perceptual psychology and usability practices. However, keeping true to her geek roots, she admits to a sneaky love of software architectures for interactive systems.


  • BA, Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • M.Math, Computer Science, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Computing Science, Simon Fraser University

Current & upcoming courses

Future courses may be subject to change.