Ben Lafreniere
University of Waterloo

Ben Lafreniere

PhD candidate
Human Computer Interaction (HCI) lab
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada

email bjlafren {at} cs {dot} uwaterloo {dot} ca
office DC3591
phone 519-888-4567 x38318

Research Interests

Software applications for design and creation typically contain hundreds or thousands of features, which collectively give users enormous expressive power. Unfortunately, these applications can also be difficulty to learn and use, particularly when trying to perform unfamiliar tasks.

I am interested in how we can redesign the interfaces to feature-rich software applications to make them easier to learn and use. To this end, my dissertation work explores the idea of task-centric user interfaces, which allow users to quickly customize the interface of an application to their current task.


For more information on my publications and those of my coauthors, see my DBLP entry.

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Academic History

University of Waterloo

University of Windsor