Pascal E. Fortin

PhD Candidate, HCI Researcher

Shared Reality Lab, McGill University

I am currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Jeremy Cooperstock at McGill University’s Shared Reality Lab, Montreal, Canada. Before that, I obtained a B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Université du Québec À Chicoutimi (UQAC) where I was introduced to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research by Prof. Martin Otis.

My current research focuses on the development and validation of novel interfaces and techniques to assess user experience of smartphone notification. My approach combines passive physiological sensor monitoring with non-invasive subjective self-reports to provide a unique perspective into the impact notifications have on our lives. I am actively involved in a number of research projects on haptic illusions, and how haptics can be used to bend users’ perception and experience.

Volunteering: UIST 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 organizing committee - Reviewed papers for IEEE ToH, TAC, WHC, Haptics Symposium, ACM CHI, CHI PLAY, UIST and IMWUT


  • Physiological Human Computer Interactions
  • Affective Computing
  • Haptics
  • UX design and research
  • 3D printing


  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, ongoing

    McGill University University

  • M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering (fast-tracked to PhD), 2016

    McGill University University

  • B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, 2015

    Université du Québec À Chicoutimi (UQAC)


Physiologically Adaptive Notifications

This project explores how physiological signals, acquired using off-the-shelf wearable sensors, can be used to infer whether a notification was perceived after its presentation without any intervention from the user.

3D printed Coupling Indicator for Wearable Haptics

This project explores how simple 3D printed tensioners can be used to provide visual coupling feedback when putting on wearable haptic systems.

3D Printed Haptic Illusions and Demonstrations

In this project, we propose a series of haptic illusions and demonstrations that can be fabricated using any FDM 3D printer.

All current tested illusions can be downloaded from the project’s github repository.

Reversing Voice-Related Biases using Haptic Reinforcement of Speech

Biased perceptions of others are known to negatively influence the outcomes of social and professional interactions in many regards. Theses biases can be informed by a multitude of non-verbal cues such as voice pitch and voice volume. This project explores how haptic effects, generated from speech, could attenuate listeners’ perceived voice-related biases formed from a speaker’s voice pitch.

Teaching Experience


Teaching Assistant - ECSE424, ECSE542

McGill University

Jan 2019 – Present Montreal, Canada
Teaching assistant position for Human-Computer Interaction graduate and undergraduate level course

Graduate Fellow

enhancing Learning and Teaching in Engineering (eLATE), McGill University

Nov 2018 – May 2019 Montreal, Canada
Develop engaging instructional activities to introduce ethics in undergraduate engineering courses. Topics include algorithmic bias and habit-forming technologies.

Private Tutor

Sep 2018 – Present Montreal, Canada
Provide private tutoring services for mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses at the high school level.

Student Project Supervisor/Mentor

Shared Reality Lab, McGill University

Jan 2017 – Present Montreal, Canada
Co-supervise, with Prof. Jeremy Cooperstock, undergraduate students and undergraduate interns at the Shared Reality Lab.

Teaching Assistant - 6TIN100, 6TIN645

Université du Québec À Chicoutimi

Jan 2012 – Dec 2012 Saguenay, Canada
Teaching assistant position for Introduction to computer programming and microcontroller systems undergraduate courses



Electronics Developer

Project Lantern at Paper and Equator, LLC.

Jan 2018 – Present Montreal, Canada
Design and implement the hardware component of a pocket-sized mesh radio for disaster relief scenarios.

Scientific Consultant

Re-Ak Technologies INC.

Nov 2017 – Jun 2018 Montreal, Canada
Advise and provide guidance on the use of physiological signals to meet their UI and UX assessment needs.

Research Intern

Biosignal Interaction and Personhood Technology Lab, McGill University

Jun 2016 – Oct 2016 Montreal, Canada
Design of a signal-based physiological sensor misplacement detector.

Research Assistant

Automatic and 3D Multimodal Intelligent Interaction Laboratory (AMIIL), Université du Québec À Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Jan 2012 – Jan 2015 Saguenay, Canada
Design and implement insole-based wearable haptic interfaces.

Awards, Grants and Prizes

Grant-Student Innovation Challenge at UIST (co-writer) - 15 900 USD

Grant-Student Innovation Challenge at UIST (co-writer) - 18 330 USD

B2X Bourse de Doctorat en Recherche, Proposal ranked 1st - 49 000 CAD

Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) - Grand Prize - 2nd place - 320 500 CAD

Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) - Stage 1 - 1st place - 76 500 CAD

Grant-TechAccelR - 7 500 CAD

McGill Engineering Doctoral Award - 72 000 CAD

Les Vadasz Doctoral Fellowship in Engineering - 25 000 CAD

Hydro-Québec Doctoral Fellowship in Engineering - 15 000 CAD

Undergraduate Student Research Award - 4 500 CAD

Undergraduate Student Research Award - 4 500 CAD


  • pe.fortin[usual sign]mail.mcgill[dot]ca
  • 3480 University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6, Canada
  • Enter McConnell Eng. Building, take the elevator or stairs to 4th floor, room 426.