Sensory Perception & Interaction Research Group

University of British Columbia

Kevin Chow

Kevin is an undergraduate student in the Department of Computer Science at UBC. He joined the SPIN lab as a volunteer to learn more about and participate in Human-Computer Interaction research. He is currently helping in the development of various applications and interactions based around the Gelly sensor.

Mario Cimet

I recently graduated from the Cognitive Systems program at UBC. My coursework and research experience have centered around designing intelligent systems and modelling human capabilities. I’m interested in how these activities can inform each other. At SPIN I work with Laura Cang and Paul Bucci on developing affect recognition with the Cuddlebot - with the goal of eventually developing therapeutic techniques around it.

Lotus Hanzi Zhang

Lotus is an undergraduate UBC student double majroing in Computer Science and Psychology. She is interested in interaction techniques, such as AR/VR, haptic and multimodal interaction, and their influence to human emotion/cognition. Lotus is currently research assisting mixForBits (MacaronMix for CuddleBits) tool development and study design/execution.

Haihua Zhang

Mike Spearman

Sazi Valair

Sazi is an undergraduate UBC student in the Cognitive Systems program (B.Sc. Brain & Cognition Stream). She has many interests, but her top interests include developmental cognitive psychology, education, human robot interaction, and user experience design. When Sazi is not working, she enjoys spending time with (and taking many pictures of) her two cats.

Henry Li

Henry is a computer engineering undergraduate student with interest in computer graphics, interactive methods and ungrounded force-feedback haptics. He is currently investigating angular oscillating actuators and use of asymmetric signals to develop perceptual forces for use in simulating experiences. 


Numerical methods, computer graphics, digital logic.


Ben Clark

Ben Clark is an undergraduate student at the UBC studying computer science and statistics. Ben's work in the SPIN lab is dedicated to the Macaron project, and is funded by a Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award. He hopes to go to graduate school in the coming years to study human computer interaction or data visualization.