My research is in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), with a particular interest in interaction design, urban computing and social computing.

I employ qualitative and quantitative research methods focused on understanding user behaviours, needs, and motivations to inspire a design vision. Research activities include comparative analysis, interviews, observational research, user journey mapping, scenario creation, target audience segmentation, and traditional user studies.

My interests lie at the intersection of mobile computing and urban informatics, where my research focuses on studying, designing, and evaluating digital technologies to support urban life. My doctoral research focused on designing location-based technologies to connect urban commuters using public transit within metropolitan cities.


  • Human-Centred Design
  • UX Research
  • Social Computing
  • Urban Computing

Connections Lab: Our Research Group

Dr. Erick Oduor

Research Scientist

IBM Research Africa
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Dr. Serena Hillman

Senior UX Researcher

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Dr. Carman Neustaedter

Professor + Dean of FCAT

SFU + Connections Lab
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Jason Procyk, MSc, BSc, BA

Advanced UX Researcher

Electronic Arts Games

Dr. Azadeh Forghani

Simon Fraser University
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The Connections Lab (cLab) is a research group, led by Dr. Carman Neustaedter at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). Our group specializes in the areas of human-computer interaction, domestic computing, interaction design, and computer-supported cooperative work. We study the design and use of technologies aimed at supporting the everyday activities of families.

Many of our research projects focus on the study and design of family communication systems and pervasive games for families. Our broader research in human-computer interaction explores leisure activities, mobile commerce, workplace collaboration, health information sharing, and location-based games.