I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Innovations in Visualization Laboratory at the Interactions Lab at the University of Calgary, where I work with Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale. I do research at the intersection of Human–Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing and Information Visualization.

I'm broadly interested in addressing interaction challenges with non-traditional interactive technologies. My research spans topics such as making ubiquitous computing and context-aware technologies intelligible (i.e., understandable); addressing interaction challenges in proxemic interactions with interactive floor visualizations; the design principle feedforward; and facilitating the design and development of multi-device user interfaces.

My PhD dissertation investigated how to design for intelligibility and control in ubiquitous computing environments, and was awarded with the 2015 FWO - IBM Innovation Award; this award is given annually to the best Belgian PhD dissertation in computer science. My research has also received a number of awards and nominations at premier Human–Computer Interaction venues, including a Best Paper Award at DIS 2014 and a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2013.

In 2015, I did a postdoc with Dr. Russell Beale at the HCI Centre of the University of Birmingham, working on mobile and context-aware technology and behaviour change intervention technologies. I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2014 from Hasselt University, working with Dr. Karin Coninx and Dr. Kris Luyten in the EDM HCI group.

For more details about my work, have a look at my list of publications or my Google Scholar profile.


Workshop at ACM ISS 2016 and Tutorial at IEEE VIS 2016

June 2016

The third instalment of our Cross-Surface workshop series has been accepted to ACM ISS 2016. This year we're focusing on Spatial and Proxemic Interaction. Additionally, our tutorial "Considering Qualitative Evaluation" has been accepted to IEEE VIS 2016. We're looking forward to welcome you at both events!

Visualizations for Canada's National Energy Board Released

May 2016

I'm excited to announce that the visualizations that we created for Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) about their Energy Futures data are currently live. The visualizations allow you to explore energy consumption and production by region, source, and sector over time in different possible scenarios.

Full Paper Accepted to DIS 2016

March 2016

Our full paper "Heartefacts: Augmenting Mobile Video Sharing Using Wrist-Worn Heart Rate Sensors" has been accepted to DIS 2016. This was joint work with Lindsay MacDonald, Johannes Schöning, Russell Beale, and Sheelagh Carpendale.

Organizational Roles at DIS 2016 and ACM ISS 2016

February 2016

I will help with the organization of a few upcoming conferences: I am Posters Co-Chair and a member of the Program Committee for ACM ISS 2016, and an Associate Chair in the Technological Innovation Subcommittee for DIS 2016.

Full Paper Accepted to CHI 2016

January 2016

Our paper "My Phone and Me: Understanding People’s Receptivity to Mobile Notifications" has been accepted to CHI 2016. We present a study of mobile notifications that provides insights into various aspects of people's interactions with mobile notifications, including why and when people respond to them and their perceived disruption.

Postdoctoral Fellow at InnoVis / iLab / University of Calgary

January 2016

I am very happy to announce that I joined the University of Calgary in Canada as a Postdoctoral Fellow. I will be working with Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale in the InnoVis group at the Interactions Lab. I am looking forward to collaborating on exciting projects with my new colleagues in Calgary!

Cross-Surface 2016 Workshop Accepted to CHI 2016

December 2015

After a successful (and fun!) Cross-Surface workshop at ACM ITS 2015, we are happy to announce that a follow-up workshop has been accepted to CHI 2016 in San Jose. Cross-Surface 2016 is the second workshop on interacting with multi-device ecologies "In the Wild", in which we specifically focus on the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practice. Please have a look at the Call for Papers, and follow us on Twitter for updates. Submissions are due on January 5th January 29th (deadline extended!).

FWO-IBM Innovation Award for PhD Dissertation

October 2015

I am excited to announce that I won the 2015 FWO–IBM Innovation Award for my PhD dissertation. This prize is awarded annually by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and IBM in recognition of an outstanding PhD thesis that presents an original contribution to informatics or its applications. It is Belgium's oldest and most prestigious scientific award for research in computer science and its applications.

Book Chapter in Peripheral Interaction Book

August 2015

Our book chapter "Fluent Transitions Between Focused and Peripheral Interaction in Proxemic Interactions", co-authored with Steven Houben and Nicolai Marquardt, will be published in the Springer HCI Series book on Peripheral Interaction (to appear in Spring 2016).

Poster and Workshop contributions at British HCI, MobileHCI, Ubicomp and ACM ITS

August 2015

Charlie Pinder presented her work on mobile behaviour change interventions at British HCI 2015 (workshop paper) and MobileHCI 2015 (poster, workshop paper). Abhinav Mehrotra will present our workshop paper on interruptibility-aware experience sampling at Ubicomp 2015, and I will present our work on multi-device notifications at our ACM ITS 2015 Cross-Surface workshop.

Cross-Surface Workshop on Cross-Device Interaction at ITS 2015

June 2015

I am co-organising a workshop at ACM ITS 2015 on cross-device interaction, together with Steven Houben, Clemens Klokmose, Nicolai Marquardt, Johannes Schöning and Harald Reiterer. In the Cross-Surface 2015 workshop, we will review and discuss opportunities, technical challenges and problems with cross-device interactions in real-world interactive multi-surface and multi-device ecologies.

Position papers will be due by early September, check out the workshop flyer!

Paper Accepted to INTERACT 2015

March 2015

Our paper "Proxemic Flow: Dynamic Peripheral Floor Visualizations for Revealing and Mediating Large Surface Interactions" has been accepted to the INTERACT 2015 conference.

Works-in-Progress and Workshop Contributions at CHI 2015

February 2015

In April, I will be attending the CHI 2015 conference to present a works-in-progress paper and participate in the Mobile Collocated Interactions and Smart for Life workshops.

Co-Lecturer for Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing Course

February 2015

This semester, I'm involved in teaching the Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing course. I will be teaching half of the module about Programming Mobile Applications for Android, while my co-lecturer Dr Mirco Musolesi will focus on networking and sensing in mobile & ubiquitous computing systems.

Postdoc at University of Birmingham

January 2015

On 5th January, I start my new postdoc position as a Research Fellow in Human–Computer Interaction at the University of Birmingham in the UK, working with Prof. Dr Russell Beale. I look forward to working on interesting projects with my new colleagues in Birmingham!

PhD Defence

December 2014

On 11th December, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation entitled "Designing for Intelligibility and Control in Ubiquitous Computing Environments". Thanks to my advisors Prof. Dr Karin Coninx and Prof. Dr Kris Luyten, and everyone at the EDM HCI group!

Poster Accepted to ITS 2014

September 2014

Our poster "Overcoming Interaction Barriers in Large Public Displays Using Personal Devices" has been accepted to the ITS 2014 conference.

Article in IEEE Computer

August 2014

Our article "The Dark Patterns of Proxemic Sensing" will appear in Volume 47, Number 8 of IEEE Computer.

Paper accepted to Ubicomp 2014

June 2014

Our paper "From Today's Augmented Houses to Tomorrow's Smart Homes: New Directions for Home Automation Research" has been accepted to the Ubicomp 2014 conference.

Best Paper Award for Dark Patterns Paper at DIS 2014

May 2014

Our paper "Dark Patterns in Proxemic Interactions: A Critical Perspective" has received the "Best Paper Award" (top 1% of submissions) at the DIS 2014 conference.

Position paper accepted to the DIS 2014 workshop on Social NUI

April 2014

Our position paper "Addressing Challenges in Crowded Proxemics-Aware Installations" has been accepted to the DIS 2014 Workshop on SocialNUI: Social Perspectives in Natural User Interfaces. Looking forward to an exciting workshop!

Paper accepted to DIS 2014 Provocations and Works-in-Progress

April 2014

Students who participated in our "Current Trends in HCI" course (Dutch: "Actuele trends in HCI"), worked on a research project as part of the course and were guided in writing up the results as a paper submission. Congratulations to Yannick Bernaerts, Matthias Druwé and Sebastiaan Steensels who got their paper on "The Office Smartwatch" accepted to the DIS 2014 Provocations and Works-in-Progress track!

Two papers accepted to DIS 2014

March 2014

Our note "The Design of Slow-Motion Feedback" and full paper "Dark Patterns in Proxemic Interactions: A Critical Perspective" have been accepted to the DIS 2014 conference.

Demo accepted to CHI 2014 Interactivity

January 2014

Our installation "Game of Tones" has been accepted to the CHI 2014 Interactivity track. It is a fun way to learn to play piano songs, which was developed by Linsey Raymaekers for her Bachelor's thesis. An earlier iteration (called "The Augmented Piano") was among the winners of the NUMA 2013 awards, and received some press coverage (in Dutch).

Dagstuhl seminar on Proxemics in Human-Computer Interaction

November 2013

I participated in Dagstuhl seminar #13452 on Proxemic Interactions. More information on the outcome of this seminar can be found in the Dagstuhl report.

Attended CHI 2013 to present our paper on feedforward

April 2013

I attended CHI 2013 in Paris to present our paper "Crossing the Bridge over Norman's Gulf of Execution: Revealing Feedforward's True Identity", for which we received a "Best Paper Honorable Mention Award".