Sensory Perception & Interaction Research Group

University of British Columbia

Merel Jung

Merel Jung is a PhD student in the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and was a visiting research student at the UBC SPIN lab for 2 months in 2015. She is working on the detection, classification and interpretation of touch in social interaction between humans and artifacts such as robots. The final goal is to work towards a reliable automatic understanding of social touch to make computers behave socially intelligent. Her background is in psychology she received both her bachelor's degree (2010) and master's degree (2012, Cum laude) at the department of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

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Soheil Kianzad

I did my master’s degree in Electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia. My research interests include HCI, designing haptic displays, robotics, and artificial muscles. I am currently leading the Handheld Haptic Technology project in SPIN to support force feedback "in the large". 

Paul Bucci

Paul studies emotional interaction with robots. He holds a BA in Visual Arts, and both a BSc and MSc in Computer Science.

Jeff Allen

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Peter Beshai

Peter graced our lab for several months, before being lured to the National Basketball Association to design cool sports visualizations.

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Mario Enriquez

Received both a Master's and PhD from SPIN under Karon MacLean's supervision, in 2002 and 2008 respectively.

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Colin Swindells

Colin completed his PhD in SPIN in 2007, supervised by Karon MacLean and Kelly Booth.

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Steve Yohanan

Steve received his PhD from SPIN in 2012, as the first architect of the Haptic Creature project.

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Oliver Schneider

Oliver is interested in how people design, create, and work with new technology, especially combining the physical, digital, and social worlds. Right now, he is working on Haptic Experience Design, developing tools and techniques to work with touch-based technology. He also maintains research interests in expressive interaction techniques, STEM education and learning technology, persuasive computing, and software engineering.

Oliver was with the SPIN lab from 2010-2016. He holds a BSc (Honours) in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan (2010), and an MSc (2012) and PhD (2016) in Computer Science from University of British Columbia. He worked with Disney Research Pittsburgh as a lab associate and then research consultant during 2014-2015.

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