Home Vita Research Publications Teaching People

Parmit Chilana

Assistant Professor, Computing Science, Simon Fraser University

Current Graduate Students


Megha Nawhal

Megha Nawhal is a PhD student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University advised by Prof. Greg Mori and Prof. Parmit Chilana. Megha's research interests include computer vision, machine learning and human-computer interaction. Previously, Megha was working as a Research with Cognitive Industry Solutions team at IBM Research, Bangalore. Earlier, Megha graduated from IIT Kanpur with BTech-MTech (Dual Degree) in Electrical Engineering in 2015 where her Master's specialization in Image Processing. She has also spent time at Sony Corporation, Japan as a student intern in Summer 2013.


Laton Vermette

Laton Vermette is a PhD student studying Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, supervised by Prof. Parmit Chilana. His research aims to simplify the process of finding relevant help resources for feature-rich software, through the design of collaborative, personalized help recommendation systems. He is currently taking part in an internship with Microsoft in Vancouver, investigating how K-12 teachers learn and customize digital classroom tools. Laton completed his MMath in Computer Science with a focus in HCI (with Prof. Chilana) and his BMath in Combinatorics & Optimization, both at the University of Waterloo.


Amir Jahanlou

Amir Jahanlou is a Ph.D. student at the School of Interactive Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University advised by Prof. Parmit Chilana. Amir's research interests include Visual Storytelling, Technology for Education and User Experience Design. Amir has been working the in technology and higher education sectors for over a decade. Prior to pursuing Ph.D, he completed his MA in Creative Media Practice and MED in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia.


Narges Ashtari

Narges Ashtari is a PhD student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University supervised by Prof. Parmit Chilana. Her research interests are human-computer interaction and user experience design. Narges's research aims to provide a better experience for people using CAD systems. Narges completed her MSc with a focus in HCI in Interactive Arts and Technology in 2018 and her BSc in Architectural Engineering from Art University of Isfahan in 2015.


Rimika Chaudhury

Rimika Chaudhury is pursuing her Masters at the School of Computing Science in Simon Fraser University, under the supervision of Prof. Parmit Chilana. Before switching tracks to research, she was at Infosys Limited, India where she was a senior associate at the Global Education Centre. Her role was to enable employees (of Infosys and clients) in various technologies - ranging from administration of application servers to user-interface technologies - through classroom sessions and webinars. She has also authored several e-learning courses for the training programs - which are used for blended learning. She holds a Bachelors in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology, India.


Kimia Kiani

Kimia is a Masters Student at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University advised by Dr. Parmit Chilana. Kimia's research interests are mainly in Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience Design. Prior to coming to SFU, she obtained her B.Sc in Software Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran.


Abby (Yangzi) Deng

Abby Deng is a first year Masters Student at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University advised by Prof. Parmit Chilana. Her research interests focus on the application of HCI techniques to designing interactive conversational systems. Previously, Abby has worked for Baidu and other technology companies as a Product Manager, and an English teacher in China. She received he B.Eng in Software Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. Abby is also a scuba diver.



April Wang
(MSc, SFU)


Mahya Sadeghi
(MSc, SFU)


Nathaniel Hudson
(MAsc, Waterloo)


Anson Ho
(MAsc, Waterloo)

Undergraduate Students


George Cui
(BSc, SFU)


Jackie Lang
(BSc, SFU)


Prashant Shashikumar
(BSc, SFU)


Ryan Mitts
(BSc, SFU)


Shruti Dembla
(BEng, Waterloo)


Celena Alcock
(BA, Waterloo)



Connections Lab

Everyday Design Studio

Lyn Bartram

Wolfgang Stuerzlinger