Organizing Committee


Dr. Hamed ALAVI University of Fribourg and UCL

Hamed Alavi is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Human-IST Institute, in University of Fribourg, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). With a design-oriented approach, his work has been focused on exploring the spatial configuration of displayed information and its impact on users’ behavior. Hamed co-organized CHI’16 workshop on Future of Human-Building Interaction and co-edits the ToCHI special issue on Human-Building Interaction.



Dr. Elizabeth CHURCHILL Google

Elizabeth Churchill, currently a Director of User Experience at Google, is an applied social scientist. She has been working in the areas of human-computer interaction, computer mediated communication, mobile/ubiquitous computing and social media for 20 years. Her first interactive installations in buildings were in 2000, and her current research focuses on secure infrastructures for mobile, distributed and embedded computing - of which the Internet of Things is a subset.



Prof. David KIRK University of Northumbria

David Kirk is Professor of Digital Living in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Northumbria University. His work increasingly adopts methods from a research-through-design tradition and has focused largely on exploring the design and development of technologies for domestic spaces. He has published on reactive architecture, and has extensive experience of organizing CHI workshops.



Prof. Henriette BIER Delft University of Technology

Henriette Bier is Associate Professor at TU Delft, she is member of Delft Robotics Institute (DRI) and leads the Robotic Building (RB) group, which produced work that has been exhibited internationally inter al. in Paris at Centre Pompidou. Results of Henriette Bier's research are published internationally in more than 120 journals, books, and exhibits. She is member of several editorial boards and scientific committees and co-organized conferences and co-edited several books and journal issues on digitally-driven architecture and robotic building. She is co-founder and co-editor of Springer book series in Adaptive Environments.



Dr. Himanshu VERMA (main contact person: University of Fribourg

Himanshu Verma is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. With a background in Machine Learning and Computer Supported Collaborative Work, his work has been focused on the socio-technical nature of interactions with/through artifacts and environment. His current research in the smartlivinglab (.ch) project aims to create knowledge about occupants' living experiences and behavior, to enable architects in making informed design decisions with a sustainable human-centric approach.



Prof. Denis LALANNE University of Fribourg

Denis Lalanne is Professor at the University of Fribourg and heading the Human-IST research institute dedicated to research and teaching in HCI, combining expertise in computer science, psychology and sociology. He also participates to the smartlivinglab (.ch) project in which his team is in-charge of designing novel Human-Building Interaction technologies. His personal fields of expertise are multimodal interaction and information visualization.



Dr. Holger SCHNÄDELBACH University of Nottingham

Holger Schnädelbach is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. With a PhD in Architecture and more than 15 years experience in Human Computer Interaction research, the interface of information technology and the built environment is his core research area. He co-organized the Architecture and Interaction workshop at CHI’14 and he is co-founder and co-editor of the Springer book series in Adaptive Environments.