Sensory Perception & Interaction Research Group

University of British Columbia

Devyani McLaren

Kattie Sepehri

I am a Master's student in the Computer Science department. I started the DFP program in September 2020. Previously, I obtained a BSc in Biology (genetics focus) from UBC. I enjoyed studying biology and worked in a lab that studied Arabidopsis (plant genetics). However, after more exploration of my interests, I pursued a BSc in Computer Science from SFU. During my time at SFU, I got introduced to research in neuroscience and had the opportunity to apply my technical skills in a meaningful way. As I was involved with designing and developing software for various users, I realized the benefits of leverging the power of machines in health technologies. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, exploring new places and watching documentaries about random topics (mostly nature). One of my accomplishments is co-founding UniLink in 2013, which is a non-profit with the goal of introducing various research fields and university degrees to high school students.



Isran, R., Sepehri, K., Thivendran, K., & Anwar, A. (2021). Towards More Effective Data Visualization Methods Using Haptics. IEEE World Haptics. Montreal.

Rubia Guerra

Unma Desai

Unma is a Master's student in the Department of Computer Science. She has worked in the field of HCI in healthcare, and is interested in the role haptics can play in providing enhanced and accessible healthcare. 

Hanieh Shakeri

Hanieh's research interests include Human-Computer Interaction - specifically Haptics and Multimodal Interaction - as well as Computer Vision. She holds a BSc. in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University with a minor in Computer Science.

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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. 

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Meghana Venkataswamy

Meghana is a Master's student at the Department of Computer Science with interests in technologies involving social interaction, artistic expression and affective communication. She is currently working with SPIN to design the software architecture on the Cuddlebots. When Meghana is not busting bugs, she likes to read comics, hike and play with her two adorable dogs.

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Dilan Ustek

I received my B.A. in Computer Science from Grinnell College in 2013. I then worked in the industry as a software developer until I realized that I was interested in the design of interfaces and how humans interacted with them: a.k.a Human-Computer Interaction. I joined the SPIN lab to do a Masters where I can combine my computer science background with my interests in design and psychology. 

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Iman Brouwer

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