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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 relationship between physiological signals and notification perception, specifically how they could be used to allow closed-loop notification delivery. I am actively involved in a number of side projects on 3D printing, affective haptics and wearable haptics.

Volunteering: UIST 2017, 2018, 2019 organizing committee - Reviewed papers for IEEE ToH, TAC, WHC, Haptics Symposium, ACM IMWUT and other venues - FIRST Robotics Mentor

(16/10/2019) I am currently refactoring this web site!

Interests

  • Physiological Human Computer Interactions
  • Affective Computing
  • Haptics
  • 3D printing

Education

  • 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)

Projects

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

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 

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

Contact

  • 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.