Professor Parmit Chilana
Parmit Chilana is an Assistant Professor in human-computer interaction (HCI) at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Parmit’s core research in HCI focuses on inventing and deploying user-centered software help and learning techniques for feature-rich applications in a variety of domains, such as 3D modeling, education, health, and software development. In particular, she is passionate about using interdisciplinary approaches to understand and design for user diversity and empower users from all backgrounds and skills levels to use, learn, and program emerging technologies. Parmit has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and her work has been recognized with several awards and honors, including Best Paper and Honorable mention awards at the ACM CHI conference. Before coming to SFU, Parmit was an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. Parmit received her PhD from the University of Washington where she co-founded AnswerDash, a venture-funded startup that commercialized her award-winning dissertation work on crowdsourced contextual help retrieval.