2023-05-16 CapCHI Student Showcase Featuring uOttawa, Carleton and Algonquin

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CapCHI invites you to a very special evening featuring 6 projects developed by 9 students from various programs at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College. In a pitch-style format, the event will feature a short presentation by each student or team followed by questions from the audience.

Building Hurricane Resiliency in the Commonwealth of Dominica

Luna Liu, Mickey Jung
Algonquin College

This project proposes a co-design approach to improving skills to access carpentry resources in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Project outcomes aim to have a social impact on the Carribean island. An interdisciplinary collaboration between Algonquin College and Dominica State College, the project supports social inclusion and innovation by prioritizing the local people’s experience in the co-design process.

Luna is a student in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human-Centred Design postgraduate program at Algonquin College, where she specialized as a UX designer for this project. Prior to her current role, she was a product manager at a technology company in China. Mickey is passionate about enhancing user experience through innovative solutions. With a background in science journalism and a degree in Physics and Philosophy from Hanyang University, he brings strong communication skills and analytical thinking to his work.


Communicating Timely Measures of Type-2 Diabetes

Noha Abdelrahman, Dhanashree Dama, Jay Ericsson Donde, Alexandra Massie
Algonquin College

To address the pervasive issue of Type-2 diabetes in Canada, this project aims to provide accurate and accessible health information to individuals across Canada. After conducting user research, the team designed a comprehensive, personalized and trusted resource that meets individual user needs.

Alex has worked in operations management for 9 years identifying problems in complex human-centred systems; Dhanashree is a UX designer with a rare blend of design and research skills; Noha is a former healthcare professional, passionate about designing human-centered solutions; and Jay is an ambitious and self-driven individual with a background in interior design.


Augmenting Body Maps

Maxim Dubois
Carleton University

Body maps are an art-based technique to represent how the body reacts to specific events or experiences. The practice entails a participant drawing a body themselves on a piece of paper and then using coloured pens, pencils, or markers to draw on the body. Instead of a visual-only method, we are augmenting the traditional body maps method to create a similar tool where participants can attach textured fabric shapes to a fabric body using hook-and-loop fasteners.

Finishing her bachelor’s degree in Interactive Multimedia and Design at Carleton University, Maxim-Emanuelle Dubois is passionate about innovative technology, computational art-related research, and how the two worlds come together.


Computers Are Social Actors

Maxwell Keleher
Carleton University

The Computers Are Social Actors (CASA) paradigm proposes that users’ interactions with computers follow the same social psychology principles as their interactions with people. In his master’s thesis, Max is looking to understand how the CASA paradigm might be used to understand people’s privacy attitudes and behaviours and provide privacy design guidance.

Max has a background in computer science and has previously worked as a software engineer at Microsoft. He is interested in translational research and strives to connect his academic work to practical research and design contexts. Currently, he is completing his Masters degree.


Usability Evaluation of Disinformation Countering Tools

Kimberly Nault
University of Ottawa

To address the prolific spread of digital disinformation, websites and browser extensions have been created to verify information. With little research exploring the efficacy of said tools, a heuristic evaluation and a moderated, task-based usability evaluation were conducted.

Kim Nault is a PhD candidate in the Digital Transformation & Innovation (DTI) program at the University of Ottawa. Her main area of research explores how to design human-AI collaborations to promote human learning, with other interests in UX and digital disinformation.


UX in Software Modeling Tools

Reyhaneh Kalantari
University of Ottawa

Research findings indicate that, despite the evident advantages of quality and productivity gained from utilizing software modeling, it predominantly remains employed in informal settings, such as whiteboard sketches. Our project aims to comprehend and catalog these challenges.

Reyhaneh Kalantari is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in digital transformation and innovation. Throughout her academic journey, she has served as a part-time professor, teaching assistant, and research assistant. Her current research focuses on the UX of software modeling tools.


Our Sponsors

We are extremely grateful to these organizations for their generous support of CapCHI and the local UX community.

Carleton University Master of HCI


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The Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) degree offers students an opportunity to explore their native discipline in more depth while also gaining insight into the language and constraints under which specialists in other disciplines in the HCI field work.





We’re an exceptional team of highly experienced behavioural researchers and design strategists. We apply a fundamental understanding of human behaviour, strategic design and human-computer interaction to deliver product and service design value.


Jumping Elephants

https://www.jumpingelephants.ca Jumping ElephantsJumping Elephants is a full-service, consulting group based in Ottawa and specializing in user-centred solutions design and business process management for the public and private sector.


Human-Centred Design Lab

http://human-centred.caHuman-Centred Design InstituteAn interdisciplinary postgraduate program and research lab focused on evidence-based design strategy. We work with businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations to provide students an industry-focused learning experience.


About CapCHI

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. 

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