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Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science specializing in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), August 2014 (expected)
York University, Toronto
Research Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Baljko

Master of Science in Computer Science specializing in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), May 2007
York University, Toronto
Research Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Baljko

Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, 2004
York University, Toronto

Publications

Baljko, M. and Hamidi, F. (2015) Makers with a Cause: Fabrication, Reflection and Community Collaboration. Proceedings of the International Conference on Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions, 2015, 49-61. DIY PDF

Hamidi, F., & Baljko, M. (2015). Makers with a Cause: Fabrication, Reflection and Community Collaboration. In Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions (pp. 49-61). Springer International Publishing.

Baljko, M. and Hamidi, F. Knowledge Co-creation and Assistive Technology. Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication, 2014, 5(4). DIY PDF

Hamidi, F., Comeau, N., Saenz, K., Baljko, M.HugBug: A Wearable Interface for Facilitating Digital Design for Children. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion, 2014, 706-709. DIY PDF

Hamidi, F. and Baljko, M. Subversive Interaction Design: Digital Design and Inspiration. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion, 2014, 25-31. DIY PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M., Kunic, T., Feraday, R. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Assistive Technology: A Communication Board Case Study. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs – ICCHP 2012 2012, 287-294. DIY PDF

Hamidi, F., Saenz, K., and Baljko, M. Sparkles of Brilliance: Incorporating Cultural and Social Context in Codesign of Digital Artworks. Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Interaction design and children (IDC'14), 2014, 77-84. Sparkles PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Empowerment Through Interaction: A Living Media Interface for Children with Disabilities Paper presented at the 2014 Interaction Design for Children with Disabilities Workshop (IDCD'14), 2014. Sparkles PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Facebook use in Bhutan: A Comparative Study. Graphics Interface Poster Proceedings (GI'14), 2014, 1-2. Rafigh PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Rafigh: A Living Media Interface for Learning Games. CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14), 2014, 407-410. Rafigh PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Rafigh: A Living Media Interface for Speech Intervention. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '14), 2014, 1817-1820. Rafigh PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Rafigh: An Edible Living Media Installation. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '14), 2014, 345-346. Rafigh PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Automatic Speech Recognition: A Shifted Role in Early Speech Intervention. Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SPLAT’13), 2013, 55-61. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M., Moakler, A. and Assaf, G. Synchrum: A Tangible Interface for Rhythmic Collaboration. Adjunct Proceedings of the 25th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ‘12), 63-64. New York: ACM. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. A Reverse-Huffman Algorithm for Text Entry Interface Evaluation. Paper presented at the CHI 2012 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Text Entry Methods. May 2012, Austin, Texas. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F. Reverse-Engineering Scanning Keyboards. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, (ICCHP'12) 431-438. Berlin: Springer. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F. Digital Tangible Games for Speech Intervention. Technical Report , York University, March 2012 (Technical Report CSE-2012-02). WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. A Reverse-Huffman Algorithm for Text Entry Interface Evaluation. Paper presented at the CHI 2012 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Text Entry Methods. May 2012, Austin, Texas. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Using social networks for multicultural creative collaboration. Proceedings of the International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration (ICIC'12), 39-46. New York: ACM. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Collaborative Poetry on the Facebook Social Network. Proceedings of the International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP10), 305-306. New York: ACM. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M., Livingston, N., Spalteholz, L. CanSpeak: A Customizable Speech Interface for People with Dysarthric Speech. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP10), 605-612. Berlin: Springer. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F. Using Interactive Objects for Speech Intervention. SIGACCESS Accessible Computing 96 (January 2010), 28-31, 2010. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Kapralos, B. A Review of Spatial Sound for Virtual Enviroments and Games with Graphics Processing Units. The Open Virtual Reality Journal, 1(1):8 – 17, 2009. WebSpeak PDF

Hamidi, F., Spalteholz, L., Livingston, N. Web-Speak: A Customizable Speech-Based Web Navigation Interface for People with Disabilities, The 23rd Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN08)¸ Northridge, California, 2008. WebSpeak PDF

Spalteholz, L., Lin, K. F., Livingston, N., Hamidi, F. KeySurf: A Character Controlled Browser for People with Physical Disabilities, Proceedings of the 17th World Wide Web Conference (WWW08), Beijing, 2008, 31-39. KeySurf PDF

Hamidi, F. Analysis and Automatic Derivation of Containment Hierarchies for Text Composition Facilities, Master's Thesis, York University, May 2007. thesis PDF

Invited Talks, Workshops and Demos

Mbullo, P., Hynes, M., McGrath, S., Hamidi, F. Partners in Transformation: Stakeholders Consultative Forum. June 2014, Kisumu, Kenya.

Hamidi, F. and Saenz, K. Collaborative Digital Design Workshop. Workshop at Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna de Oaxaca, June 2014, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Hamidi, F. Design Diversity: Using Co-Design for Inclusion and Empowerment. Subtle Technologies Festival, May 2014, Toronto, Canada.

Whitmer, B., Schmidt R., Young, T., Hamidi, F., Rezai, P., Ardeshiri, R. and Leung, J. Lassonde Technology Faire - CIVDDD - ICTC Youth Workshops, York University, April 2014, Toronto, Canada.

Hamidi, F., Saenz, K. and Saenz, M. Collaborative Digital Design Workshop. Workshop at Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna de Oaxaca, November 2013, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Hamidi, F. Technology and Happiness. Invited talk at the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, November 2013, Mexico City, Mexico.

Hamidi, F. and Whitmer, B. Digital Design. Workshop at CIVDDD - ICTC Youth Workshops, York University, November 2013, Toronto, Canada.

Baljko, M. and Hamidi, F. Knowledge Co-Creation and Assistive Technology. Presentation at York Symposium on the Scholarship of Engagement, York University, October 2013, Toronto, Canada.

Hamidi, F. Technology and Happiness. Invited talk at Electronic Technology Department, University of Seville, August 2013, Seville, Spain.

Hamidi, F. and Dorji, T. C. E-Work in Bhutan: Redefining Employment. Technical Report, May 2013, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Hamidi, F. Technology and Happiness. Invited talk at Bhutan Media Lab, May 2013, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Hamidi, F. Technology and Happiness. Invited talk at the Royal Thimphu College, May 2013, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Hamidi, F. Effective Communication. Workshop at Bhutan Innovation & Technology Centre, April 2012, Thimphu. Bhutan.

Hamidi, F. Synchrum: A Collaborative Game. Demo at Maker Kids Toronto, November 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Assistive Technology Research - Community Partnerships. Workshop at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2012), July 2012, Linz, Austria.

Hamidi, F. Technology for Empowerment and Inclusion. Invited talk at the University of Siegen, July 2012, Siegen, Germany.

Hamidi, F., Moakler, A., Gadot, A. Synchrum: A Tangible Tool for Collaboration. Demo as part of the Design Challenge at the ACM Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI'12). February 19th to 22nd, Kingston, Ontario.

Hamidi, F., Amiri, S. Digital Activism: Technology, Empowerment and Awareness. Invited talk at Beit Zatoun, Toronto. January 2012.

Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Speech Elicitation for Voice Banking using Augmented Everyday Objects. Poster presented at the ALS society of Canada 6th Annual ALS Research Forum (May 2010), Toronto.  WebSpeak PDF

Teaching

Collaborative MakeShop Sessions. [Fall 2013]

CSE4461 Hypertext and Hypermedia. [Winter 2012]

Work Experience

Course Instructor, York University, Toronto (2013)

  • Designed and proposed a series of 5 half-day collaborative MakeShops with Prof. Melanie Baljko for undergraduate engineering students
  • Topics included 3D Printing, Digital Prototyping, Wearable Computing, Embedded Design
  • Participants worked on supervised team projects, one of the five projects got accepted at the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Student Design Competition

Course Instructor, Bhutan Media and Communication Institute, Thimphu, Bhutan (2013)

  • Designing and conducting a three day course on effective communication for 25 participants from financial and government sectors

Overseas Expert, Bhutan Innovation and Technology Centre (BITC), Thimphu, Bhutan (2013)

  • Conducted several tutorials and trainings for incubatee companies, as well as, providing one-on-one consultation on web presence and social network design to several companies

Course Director, York University, Toronto (2012)

  • Taught the course: CSE4461 – Hypertext and Multimedia Technology, modifying and updating the curriculum, including readings, tests and grade scheme of the course, as needed
  • Evaluated students’ performance by assigning presentations, projects and assignments

Visiting Researcher at CanAssist, University of Victoria, Victoria (2009)

Teaching Assistant, York University, Toronto (2004 – 2013)

  • Marked assignments and exams for various computer science courses including Software Design, User Interfaces and Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Research Assistant, York University, Toronto (2008)

Software Developer, Canadian institute for Accessibility and Inclusion at University of Victoria (CanAssist), Victoria (2007)

  • Developed a speech module for the assistive web-navigation interface, Web-Speak

Freelance Website Designer, Toronto (2005 – 2007)

IT Administrator, Comtek Network Systems, Chester, England (2003)

Librarian, Ross Library, York University, Toronto (2001-2004)

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Links

 

Gamay Lab

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, York University


York University

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, York University


CanAssist

Bhutan Innovation & Technology Centre


CanAssist

CanAssist Research Group


Participation House

Participation House, Markham