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Parmit Chilana

Assistant Professor, Computing Science, Simon Fraser University


About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in human-computer interaction (HCI) at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. I co-direct the Interactive Experiences Lab with Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale.

My core research in HCI focuses on inventing and deploying user-centered software help and learning techniques for feature-rich applications in a variety of domains, such as 3D modeling, education, health, and software development. In particular, I am passionate about using interdisciplinary approaches to understand and design for user diversity and empower users from all backgrounds and skills levels to use, learn, and program emerging technologies. My work has been recognized with several awards and honors, including Best Paper Awards at venues such as ACM CHI and an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award. Before coming to SFU, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. I received my PhD from the University of Washington where I co-founded AnswerDash , a venture-funded startup that commercialized my award-winning dissertation work on crowdsourced contextual help retrieval.

Contact Me

School of Computing Science
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr E
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada

Office: TASC1 9415
Email: pchilana@cs.sfu.ca