about me | research interests | selected publications | teaching | advisees | professional activities


Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

CONTACT information

40 St. George Street, Room 7268
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, M5S 2E4

Phone: +1 (416) 978-4761
Email: khai@cs.toronto.edu

I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. I received my Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

RESEARCH interests
My research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp). I investigate tools and methods to support the development of novel ubiquitous computing systems and techniques and models to facilitate user interactions with off-the-desktop computing devices and services.

Much of my current work focuses on the design and evaluation of health and assistive technologies.

The following is a list of some of my recent publications from the last 5 years:

Courses I am TEACHING
I am teaching or have taught the following courses recently:

  • CSC318-Winter 2020: The Design of Interactive Computational Media
  • CSC318-Winter 2019: The Design of Interactive Computational Media
  • CSC318-Fall 2018: The Design of Interactive Computational Media
  • CSC2526-Fall 2018: HCI Topics in Ubiquitous Computing - Assistive Technology

Current students:

  • Mohammad Kianpisheh (Ph.D. student)
  • Franklin Mingzhe Li (M.Sc. student)
  • Brenna Li (M.Sc. student)
  • Claudia Chen (M.Sc. student, co-supervised with Fanny Chevalier)
  • Steven Zeng (M.Sc. student, co-supervised with Fanny Chevalier)
  • Eric Cheng Lu (M.Sc. student)
  • Meng Yu Yang (Undergraduate student)
  • Yuxiang Dai (Undergraduate student)


  • Mingming Fan (Ph.D. student; Now Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Frank Li (Ph.D. student [Terminated ABD], M.Sc. student & undergraduate student; Now UX Prototyper at Google)
  • Tommy Guy (Ph.D. student [Terminated ABD]; Now Principal Applied Researcher at Microsoft)
  • David Dearman (Ph.D. student; Now Senior User Experience Researcher at Google)
  • Koji Yatani (Ph.D. student; Now Associate Professor at University of Tokyo)
  • Ghazaleh Monfared (M.Sc. student; Now HCI Researcher at Huawei Canada)
  • Rachel Franz (M.Sc. student, co-supervised with Ron Baecker; Now PhD student at University of Washington)
  • Candice Lin (M.Sc. student, co-supervised with Karyn Moffatt; Now Software Engineer at PAI Health)
  • Nikola Banovic (M.Sc. student & undergraduate student; Now Assistant Professor at University of Michigan)
  • Alyssa Rosenzweig (M.Sc. student; Now Head of Client Success at The Atom Group)
  • Leila Rezai (M.Sc. student @ RWTH Aachen; Now PhD Student at University of Waterloo)
  • Andrew Trusty (M.Sc. student)
  • Justin Ho (M.Sc. student; Now Technical Program Manager (Android) at Google)
  • Ying Han (Undergraduate student; Now at Amazon)
  • Florence Chan (Undergraduate student)
  • Charlie (Haoen) Huang (Undergraduate student; Now Software Engineer at Facebook)
  • Kayla (Yunhao) Zhang (Undergraduate student; Now Network Management Officer at Hydro One)
  • Jasmin Lantos (Undergraduate student; Now Software Engineer at Microsoft)
  • Karan Grewal (Undergraduate student; Now M.Sc. student at University of Toronto)
  • Emma (Xu) Chen (Undergraduate student; Now with Instasolve (start-up))
  • Antonia Sheng (Undergraduate student; Now Software Development Engineer at Amazon)
  • Janet Jianning Liao (Undergraduate student; Now Full Stack Developer at TD)
  • Tiffany Huang (Undergraduate student; Now Consultant at Microsoft)
  • Michael Hester (Undergraduate student @ University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
  • Alexander T. Adams (Undergraduate student @ University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Now Ph.D. student at Cornell)
  • Sunny Y.L. Mak (Undergraduate student; Now Software Engineer at Google)
  • Vicky Enalen (Undergraduate student; Now Software Engineer at Clever, Inc.)
  • Adora Tam (Undergraduate student; Now Product Designer at Upwork)
  • Chris Lee-Shanok (Undergraduate student; Now Lead Full Stack Developer at Akira MD)
  • Victoria Mui (Undergraduate student; Now Manager, User Experience at Klick)
  • Veronica Wong (Undergraduate student; Now Senior Product Designer at Klick)
  • Tony Chen (Undergraduate student; Now Web Developer at Lucova, Inc.)
  • Lorikeet Lee (Undergraduate student; Now Lead Developer at Unmind)
  • Peter Wang (Undergraduate student; Now Software Engineer at Palantir Technologies)
  • Jeremy Scott (Undergraduate student; Now CTO of Cove)
  • Michael Novati (Undergraduate student; Now Software Engineer at Facebook)
  • Lauren Griffin (Undergraduate student @ Georgia Institute of Technology; Now Senior Manager at TIAA-CREF)

Prospective students:

If you want to do a Ph.D. or M.Sc. under my supervision, please first apply & get accepted into the University. If you are already a student at UofT (at any level) and are interested in working with me, please check out my recent research projects & publications before emailing me. In general, I prefer to work with students who can commit to at least two terms of research.

Professional ACTIVITIES
The following is some of my recent professional activities (a.k.a. service) from the last 5 years:

  • Proceedings of ACM on IMWUT: Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, Ubiquitous Technologies Journal, Associate Editor, 2016-2019
  • GetMobile!, Area Editor, 2014-2016
  • World Economic Forum, Global Future Council Member, 2016-2018
  • UBICOMP: The ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, General Co-Chair, 2017
  • ISWC: The International Symposium on Wearable Computers, General Co-Chair, 2017
  • CHI: The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Associate Chair for Papers Program (2017, 2018)
  • ASSETS: The International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Papers Program Committee Member (2017)
  • UBICOMP: The ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Some recent NEWS
If you email me and don't hear back, I apologize. I'm on pat leave. I'm trying my best to be on top of things, and hope to get back to you soon...

Check out the following New Scientist article about the FMT project that was presented at UBICOMP 2019!

I'll be co-chairing Doctoral Colloquium for UBICOMP 2020. If you're a PhD student and interested in the DC next year, please apply!