Mar 13 - Lab Presentations

Join several SFU faculty members on March 13th to learn about some of the labs and research conducted at SIAT.

Professor Carman Neustaedter


Dr. Carman Neustaedter is Director and Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University.  He specializes in the areas of human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, and domestic computing. Dr. Neustaedter leads the Connections Lab (cLab) – an elite research group of aspiring super heroes that aims to create better technologies for connecting people over distance.  Dr. Neustaedter and his students study communication behaviours amongst family and friends and design and evaluate technologies to support improved communication practices and shared experiences over distance. Dr. Neustaedter’s two books, “Connecting Families: The Implications of New Communication Technologies on Domestic Life” and “Studying and Designing Technology for Domestic Life: Lessons from Home” describe key portions of his research and design practices.  His super power is the ability to bend space and time.

Professor Ron Wakkary


Ron Wakkary is a Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) where he established the Everyday Design Studio, a design research studio that explores interaction design. Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design in response to everyday design practices like home life, DIY, amateur experts, hobbyists, and sustainability. In the spirit of design research, Wakkary aims to be reflective and generative, uncovering new and emergent practices of design that help to shape both design and its relations to technologies. Wakkary publishes regularly in design and human-computer-interaction journals and conferences. He is an Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions, Director of the Interaction Design Research Centre at SFU, member of the SIGCHI Executive Committee, and a member of the Steering Committee for Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI). His research is funded by NSERC, SSHRC, GRAND-NCE, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.

Professor Halil Erhan


Halil Erhan received his BArch degree from METU in Turkey. During his Masters study at Clemson University, he investigated 3D model integration of building design information. As a result of this study, he became interested in Design Computation. He pursued this interest in his PhD study at Carnegie Mellon University. His thesis investigates design requirements specification and presents RaBBiT as a software application to support requirements modeling and generation. He is currently an assistant professor of interactive systems and design at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU. Prior to this, he was a faculty member of Software Engineering at UAE University (2004-2006). He is co-directing the Computational Design Lab at SIAT. His research program investigates ‘design’ as a situated, cognitive, and collaborative process, and aims at improving ‘design’ by augmenting the capabilities of designers with effective and engaging tools mainly for ‘creating’ built-environments, interactive objects and systems.