I'm currently an interaction design researcher in the TECI (tangible, embodied, & child interaction) lab at SIAT, Simon Fraser University. I have a knack for understanding the intersection between art, design, technology, and research. I'm currently working on my MA thesis which is focused on the design and analysis of a tangible table exhibit for the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The research for this project includes iterative implementation and evaluation of embodied cultural values in tangible interaction.
My other research interests include tangible interaction systems, embodied values & metaphors, sensor network interfaces, wearables, distributed interfaces, play/fun/gamification, and interaction in educational systems & museums. I usually use a mixed methods or qualitative approach to my research, including structured or semi-structured interviews, structured observations, log data, cultural probes, questionnaires, concept-driven interaction design research, and research through design.
I usually improve user experiences through an iterative design process, thorough testing (and testing, and more testing), and heuristic analysis. At times, I have experimented with human-machine collaboration, procedurally-generated and data-driven art, and exploring unconventional tangible interfaces.
Most importantly, I love to make and tinker. I always have several side-projects on the go, and I try to wrap them into my work (it gives me an excuse to finish them!). It's surprising how often these explorations lead into more significant projects. At the very least, it gives me a steady stream of new tricks and tools to use in my own work, or to pitch in with others'.