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Research
Teaching
Students and Postdocs
Publications
Brief Bio and CV
Professional Activities
Directions to my Office

Joanna McGrenere
Professor
Computer Science
University of British Columbia

Free/busy calendar: link

 

Email: joanna @ cs.ubc.ca
Office: ICICS/CS X665 (directions)
Phone: 604 827-5201
Fax: 604 822-4231 

Snailmail:
201-2366 Main Mall
Department of Computer Science
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Canada



Designing for People - DFP is a relatively new initiative -- an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the UBC campus who work in HCI. Check out our website!



Research

My research is in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a particular focus on the following areas:

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Teaching 

Current academic year (2017-18)

CS 444 winter of 2017, an undergrad course in Advanced Methods in HCI

CS 554k winter of 2017, serving as a project mentor in the new DFP Project graduate course

CS 544-new fall of 2017, a new graduate course in HCI on the Fundamentals of Designing Interactive Computational Technology for People (DFP)

Past

CS 110 in the fall of 2012, 2011 a first year course on Computation, Programs, and Programming

CS 554m in the winter of 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011 a graduate course in HCI

CS 444 in the winter of 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, an undergrad course in Advanced Methods in HCI

CS 544 in the fall of 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, a graduate course in HCI

CS 444 in the winter of 2004 and 2006, an introductory undergrad course in HCI

I was one of the instructors for CS 590, a graduate course in research methods 


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Students and Postdocs

Current

Kamyar Ardekani, PhD

Francesco Vitale, PhD

Izabelle Janzen, PhD

Alumni

Sung-Hee Kim, postdoc 2015

Charlotte Tang, postdoc 2012

 

Matthew Brehmer, PhD 2016, co-supervised by Tamara Munzner

Mona Haraty, PhD 2016

Matei Negulescu, PhD

Rock Leung, PhD, 2011 [pdf] co-supervised by Peter Graf (Psychology)

Karyn Moffatt, PhD 2010 [pdf]

Leah Findlater, PhD 2009 [pdf]

Andrea Bunt, PhD 2007, co-supervised by Cristina Conati [pdf]

 

Kamyar Ardekani, MSc 2016

Antoine Ponsard, MSc 2015

Kailun Zhang, MSc 2015

Jessica Dawson, MSc, co-supervised by Tamara Munzner [pdf]

Shathel Haddad, MSc  [pdf]

Juliette Link, MSc, co-supervised by Kellogg Booth  [pdf]

Diane Tam, MSc 2012, co-supervised by Karon MacLean [pdf]

Mohan Raj Rajamanickam, MSc 2011 [pdf]

Gokhan Himmetoglu, MSc 2011, co-supervised by Karon MacLean [pdf]

Matthew Brehmer, MSc 2011, co-supervised by Claudia Jacova (Medicine) [pdf]

Amirhossein Mehrabian, MSc 2011 [pdf essay]

Jih-Shiang (Gordon) Chang, MSc, co-supervised by Karon MacLean [pdf essay]

Tom Hazelton, MSc, co-supervised by Karon MacLean [pdf]

Jeff Hendy, MSc 2009, co-supervised by Kellogg Booth [pdf]

Yamin Htun, MSc 2007 [pdf]

Meghan Allen,  MSc 2006 [pdf]

Jennifer Gluck, MSc 2006 [pdf]

Adam Bodnar, MSc 2006, co-supervised by Tamara Munzner [pdf]

Dmitry Nekrasovski, MSc 2006, co-supervised by Tamara Munzner [pdf]

Qixing Zheng, MSc 2005, co-supervised by Kellogg Booth [pdf]

Andrew Chan, MSc 2004, co-supervised by Karon MacLean [pdf]

Rhian Davies, MSc 2004 [pdf]

Leah Findlater, MSc 2004 [pdf]

Karyn Moffatt, MSc 2004, co-supervised by Maria Klawe [pdf]

 

Kevin Budiman, undergraduate directed studies (winter 2014)

Larrisa Leong, NSERC USRA (summer 2013)

Sandy Fang, undergraduate directed studies (fall 2013)

Larrisa Leong, NSERC USRA (summer 2013)

Kanupriya, undergraduate from IIT (summer 2011)

Juliette Link, undergraduate RA (summer 2010)

Jessica Dawson, undergraduate RA (summer 2008), directed studies (winter 2009-10) NSERC USRA (summer 2010, summer 2011)

Justine Yang, NSERC USRA (summer 2008), directed studies (fall 2009)

Sandra Yuen, undergraduate project course (winter 2007-08)

Kim Tee, undergraduate honours thesis (winter 2003-04), and NSERC USRA (summer 2004)

Eve Macgregor, undergraduate project course (winter 2003-04)

Sarah Yang, undergraduate directed studies (winter 2002-03)

 

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Publications

Refereed Conference and Journal Papers

Dissertation

Book Chapters

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Brief Bio and CV

CV link

Joanna McGrenere is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is an Inria International Research Chair (France). Joanna received a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2002, an MSc from UBC in 1996, and a BSc from Western University in 1993, all in Computer Science. Her broad research area is Human Computer Interaction (HCI), with a specialization in interface personalization, universal usability, assistive technology, and computer supported cooperative work. She often serves on program committees for the top conferences in HCI, including serving as the Papers Co-Chair for CHI in 2015. She is the Program Co-Chair for ASSETS 2018 and will be the overall Technical Program Co-Chair for CHI 2020. She is a member of the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Computer-Human-Interaction (ToCHI) and ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS). Joanna is an elected Member of the College of New Scholars in the Royal Society of Canada (2017), won a Killam Research Award (2015), a Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation award (2013), a Killam award for Excellence in Mentoring (2012), an Outstanding Young Computer Science Research Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science (2011), was appointed as a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar (2010), and was the first recipient of the Anita Borg Early Career Scholar Award (2004). Joanna recently served as an Associate Head in CS at UBC (2013-15) and lead the HCI@UBC initiative: an interdisciplinary meeting for scholars working in the area of Human-Computer Interaction at UBC (2013-15), which is now being re-branded as the Designing for People (DFP) initiative. DFP has been recognized as a top emerging cluster at UBC.

Degrees

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Professional Activities

Conference Participation

Program Co-Chair, ACM ASSETS 2018

Papers Co-Chair, ACM CHI 2015

Subcommittee Co-Chair for "Specific Applications", ACM CHI 2014

Subcommittee Co-Chair for "Usability, Accessibility and User Experience", ACM CHI 2013

Student Research Competition Co-Chair, ACM CHI 2009, 2010

Program Committee, ACM IUI 2009

Program Committee, ACM ASSETS 2008

Program Committee, ACM CHI 2007, 2009, 2011

Program Committee, Graphics Interface 2003, 2004, 2009

Lead organizer, Designing Technology for People with Cognitive Impairments, CHI 2006 workshop.

Program Committee, ACM UIST, 2004

Posters Co-Chair, ACM UIST, 2004

Conference Organization, ACM UIST, 2003

Student Fellows Co-Chair, ACM Conference on Universal Usability, 2000

Associate Editor

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), 2011-

ACM TACCESS – Guest Editor for special issue on Mobile Technologies for Older Users, 2012

Conference and Journal Reviewing

ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 2009, 2010

ACM Transaction on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 2012

Interacting with Computers, 2010

Internation Journal of Human Computer Studies, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Graphics Interface, 2002, 2006, 2007

ACM CHI, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012

ACM UIST, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2011

Universal Access in the Information Society, 2006

International Conference on Information Systems, Association for Information Systems, 2004

ACM Computing Surveys, 2002

ACM SIGGRAPH 2000                                                                                                      

8th International World Wide Web Conference, 1999

Invited Presentations

Designing interactive digital technologies for older users, Canadian Association of Gerontology (Oct 2012)

Designing a self-administered cognitive test that runs through a web-browser: Myth or reality? TorCHI, Toronto local chapter of SIGCHI, 2012

(title forthcoming) University of Toronto, 2012

Designing a self-administered cognitive test that runs through a web-browser: Myth or reality? McGill University, 2012

Designing a self-administered cognitive test that runs through a web-browser: Myth or reality? University Waterloo, 2012

Improving the Learnability of Mobile Device Applications for Older Adults, Nokia, Vancouver, 2009

Notification Design: Managing Interruptions on the Jazz Platform, IBM CAS / NSERC Strategic Workshop in Smart Internet Technologies, CASCON, Toronto, 2009

Notification Design: Managing Interruptions on the Jazz Platform, IBM CAS University Days, Toronto, 2009

The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People Who have Aphasia (And Getting Tenure Along the Way), TORCHI, University of Toronto, 2009

The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People Who have Aphasia (And Getting Tenure Along the Way), Queen's University, 2009

The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People Who have Aphasia (And Getting Tenure Along the Way), University of Waterloo, 2009

Taming User Interface Complexity, IBM Pacific Development Centre Software Technology Seminar Series, Vancouver, BC, 2007.

Generalization in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Colorado at Boulder, Science of Learning Conference, Cognitive Science, Boulder, CO, 2006.

Taming User Interface Complexity, Sauder Business School, UBC, Vancouver, BC, 2006.

The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People Who have Aphasia, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, informal talk, 2006.

The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People Who have Aphasia, IBM Center for Advanced Studies, Toronto, ON, 2005.

Taming User Interface Complexity, IBM Center for Advanced Studies, Toronto, ON, 2004.

The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology for and with People Who have Aphasia, Princeton University, Department of Computer Science colloquium, Princeton, NJ, 2003.

The vision of autonomic computing is compelling, but is it viable? IBM’s Make It Easy Conference, panel: Autonomic Computing, Toronto, ON, 2003.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, Carlton University, Ottawa, ON, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, York University, Toronto, ON, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 2002.

The Design and Evaluation of Multiple Interfaces: A Solution for Complex Software, Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, 2002.

Personalization: A Design Solution to Software 'Bloat'. Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, 2000.

Masking Complexity: Some Interface Design Alternatives. IBM User Centered Design Group, Worldwide Webcast, Toronto, ON, 2000.

Are we all in the same 'bloat'?. Annual General Meeting for Communications and Information Technology Ontario, Toronto, ON, 1999.

Experiencing Word Processing. Corporate Design Group, Ottawa, ON, 1999.

Experiencing Word Processing. National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 1999.

Learning Complex Software. Annual General Meeting for Communications and Information Technology Ontario, Toronto, ON, 1998.


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Directions to my Office

I am located in the relatively new X-wing of the ICICS/CS Building on UBC campus. The main address from the ICICS/CS building is 2366 Main Mall. If you enter from this address, follow the signs to the X-wing, then take the south elevator to the 6th floor. My office is X665.

The most direct way to get to my office is to enter the X-wing from street level (X-wing is it's own building, connected by walkways to the old building). The entrance is at the corner of Engineering Road and Agronomy Road, then take the south elevator to the 6th floor. My office is X665.

Google map of corner of Engineering and Agronomy roads

UBC Wayfinding map to the ICICS/CS Building Addition (Building Addition = X-wing)

As shown on the UBC map in the link directly above, the closest parking is in the Health Sciences Parkade. (Scroll down the page if you do not see the map at first.)

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