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Laurence Nigay
Based in France


Laurence Nigay is a Professor exceptional class in Computer Science at Universit} Grenoble Alpes (UGA France) and at Institut Universitaire de France (junior fellow). She received a PhD in Computer Science in 1994 with first class honors at Université Joseph Fourier (UJF Grenoble, France). She was a visiting scientist at University of Glasgow (UK, 2001-02). She has received several scientific awards (including the national CNRS Bronze medal in 2002 and the UJF gold medal in 2003 and again in 2005) for excellence in her research. 

 For nearly 25 years she has worked in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research focuses on novel interaction techniques as well as engineering HCI. In particular her research studies centre on new interaction techniques, Multimodal and Augmented Reality (AR) user interfaces such as menu techniques, pointing techniques, fusion mechanisms, service/component-based approaches for the development of multimodal and AR interfaces. She has published over 200 papers. Her most cited papers illustrate the two facets of her work (i.e. novel interaction techniques and engineering HCI): they include seminal work on multimodal interaction, software architecture and platform for CSCW and multimodality as well as interaction techniques and design notation/space for Augmented Reality.  

She is the director of the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) research group of the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG), comprised of 11 faculty members and more than 20 non-permanent members.  She has supervised or is supervising 19 PhD students, half of them of which are now CNRS researchers, lecturers or professors. She was the coordinator of a large European project (11 European partners) on engineering multimodal interaction. She has been co-chair of IFIP WG 2.7/13.4 on User Interface Engineering. 

As part of her research activities, she is also deeply involved in management and strategy of research at the local, national and European levels.  Amongst these activities, at the local level she is responsible for the Augmented Reality research axis of the Labex Persyval (Laboratory of Excellence on Pervasive systems). In addition she is intensely involved in several committees at the national level (Founder member of AFIHM-French HCI Association, Allistene, ANR, CNRS, INRIA, French National Strategy of Research) and at the European level as a member of the ERC advanced grants selection committee for computer science and informatics.  

She has created several HCI related courses including multimodal interaction, ubiquitous and mobile computing and CSCW (Uni. of Grenoble, Uni. of Nice, Eindhoven TU/e). She is currently the director of the the Masters on Software Engineering at Université Grenoble Alpes, for which she created the apprentice version and she is co-responsible of the specialty on Ubiquitous Interactive Systems of the International Masters of Science in Informatics at Grenoble.  

She has served as an associate chair for ACM CHI 2000 and as demonstration co-chair for ACM CHI 2003. She is a member of the steering committee of the ACM EICS conference since 2015. She has been a member of the Program Committee of the main international HCI conferences including ACM MobileHCI, INTERACT, ACM EICS (paper chair in 2015), BCS HCI (program chair in 2006). She is a founding member of AFIHM (French HCI) and a member of ACM.  


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  • Distant pointing in ubiquitous environment :
    Pointing to targets is an elementary task universally present in interfaces.  In an ubiquitous environment, the need for distant pointing is frequent in several domains including public displays, interactive TV, augmented objects, augment...
  • Handheld Augmented Reality: Touch Interaction:
    Handheld Augmented Reality (AR), one type of mobile AR, relies on the spatial coupling between the real world and the on-screen augmented reality outputs. Such spatial coupling introduces new design challenges for interaction and in particular...
  • Multimodal Interaction :
    Multimodal interaction supports multiple interaction techniques, which may be used sequentially or concurrently, and independently or combined synergistically. Specific interaction aspects must be considered, such as the fusion and fission of ...

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