I am an Associate Professor and Ebco-Eppich Research Chair at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. My main area of research is in human-computer interaction (HCI). I co-direct the Interactive Experiences Lab at SFU.
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 the 2022 CS-CAN Outstanding Early Career Computer Science Researcher Award, an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award, and Best Paper Awards at venues such as ACM CHI. 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.
GI 2023: Chaudhury et al. Eliciting Requirements for the Design of a Self-Monitoring Intervention for Informal Learners. (Best Paper Award)
NordiCHI 2022: Ashtari et al. PONI: A Personalized Onboarding Interface for Getting Inspiration and Learning About AR/VR Creation.
VLHCC 2022: Chaudhury et al. “There’s no way to keep up!”: Diverse Motivations and Challenges Faced by Informal Learners of ML.
CHI 2022: Jahanlou & Chilana. Katika: An End-to-End System for Authoring Amateur Explainer Motion Graphics Videos.
VLHCC 2021: Khurana et al. ChatrEx: Designing Explainable Chatbot Interfaces for Enhancing Usefulness, Transparency, and Trust.
DIS 2020: Vermette et al. Peek-through Customization: Example-Based In-Context Sharing for Learning Management Systems. (Best Paper Honorable Mention Award )
CHI 2020: Ashtari et al. Creating Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications: Current Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities. (Best Paper Award)
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