William Delamare

Postdoc fellow in the HCI Lab University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


Postdoctoral fellow

Human-Computer Interaction Lab ,

University of Manitoba, Canada

Advisor: Pr. Pourang IRANI

PhD student

The Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) Lab ,

Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG), France

Advisor: Pr. Laurence NIGAY

Co-advisor: Dr. Céline COUTRIX

Research Interests

I am interested in distant interaction, i.e. how can new technologies enable humans to get new abilities? More specifically, I enjoy exploring solutions for interacting with augmented physical objects. This augmentation allows me to tackle new problems not present in the physical world before the spread of pervasive technologies.

It is the opposite direction of what has been explored in the early stages of Virtual and Augmented Reality: instead of reducing the gap between the digital and physical worlds by mimicking the physical world, I would like to explore how we can get rid of physical constraints in the physical world thanks to new technologies. For instance, 100 years ago, one had to move near a physical object (reducing the distance) in order to move it (applying a force). Now, we can provide interaction techniques to let users move this object without reducing the distance (e.g., by looking at the object) and without applying the force themselves (e.g., by performing a small finger gesture).

Keywords: Distant interaction, Guidance, Gesture, Pointing, Gaze.



Since January 2016, I am a postdoc fellow in the HCI Lab of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (Where is Winnipeg?) under the supervision of Pr. Pourang Irani. This postdoc position gives me the opportunity to work with new collaborators and supervise students. I have the opportunity to work on various topics suh as touch selection techniques on new input devices and gaze interaction.

PhD thesis

Between 2011 and 2015, I was a PhD student in the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction team (EHCI), from the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG). My thesis was supervised by Céline Coutrix and Laurence Nigay.

My thesis concerned the interaction at a distance with augmented physical objects in smart environments. Indeed, the physical world has some interesting specificities related to both technological and interactive aspects. More precisely, my interests concerned the new ways we will interact with augmented physical objects. The Delight project allowed me to apply/evaluate my findings to new light sources (LED and OLED) embedded in the physical world.

Before being part of the HCI research community, I graduated from the computer science engineering school ENSIMAG, Grenoble, France. I then worked for the Xerox Research Centre Europ (XRCE) showroom team in order to develop multitouch applications that use technologies from the XRCE.