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The Sensory Perception and Interaction Research Group
Department of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
Dr. Karon MacLean, Professor

SPIN is an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty who design and build innovative user interfaces, and study human perception as it relates to them. We are particularly oriented towards physical and multimodal interfaces, and concentrate on embedded environments which leave the desktop behind. These are interfaces which will someday be found in clothing and on mobile devices, or in the furniture and walls of your home; for expressive applications which current interfaces fail, like computer music handlers and media control; and sensorially overloaded applications, like car interiors.

We are concerned with what these interfaces will do, how they will work, the way they'll feel, sound and look; and how users will perceive them. This is multidisciplinary work: we come from many backgrounds, and tackle different aspects of the problems either individually or as teams. Student theses range in area from perceptual psychology to ultra-fast network protocols to mechatronic design, with traditional HCI methods in the middle.

We are located in UBC's Computer Science Department, with facilities in both the Laboratory for Computational Intelligence and the Imager Graphics and HCI Lab. At the center of UBC's HCI community, we have many friends and collaborators in Psychology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineeringand Forest Sciences - in fact, some of our students are from those departments. We also collaborate with several companies who supply us with some interesting real-world problems.

We're always looking for new members. If you'd like more information or a visit, please contact any of us.