If you are interested in working with me, please apply to one of our graduate programs in Computer Science or The School of the Environment. If you are already a student at UofT and would like to collaborate, email me.

My lab group studies the information systems we use to make sense of environmental challenges, and in particular disasters and climate change. We publish primarily in HCI venues such as CHI, CSCW, and DIS. In addition to being grounded in technical aspects of computer science, most of our projects also involve some combination of qualitative or ethnographic research, human-centered design, or participatory methodologies. Some also incorporate historical research or critical and speculative design techniques. Background in these methods is helpful though not required, as they can be learned through coursework and supervised research projects. Current and former members of my group include:


  • Samar Sabie
  • Austin Lord

PhD Students

  • Aarjav Chauhan
  • Shreyasha Paudel
  • Bowen Zhang
  • Taneea Agrawaal

Master’s Students

  • Sophia Jit
  • Lilly Flawn
  • Cassie Chanen

Research Assistants

  • Amanda Leiva


  • Rowshni Usha, MScAC 2022
  • Manveer Kalirai, RA, 2021-2022
  • Veneea Veselovsky RA, 2020-2021, now at EPFL
  • Pradnaya Pathak, RA, 2020-2021, now at University of Pennsylvania
  • Aden Fisher, Supervised Research, 2022
  • Zarif Mahmud, Supervised Research, 2021
  • Guiller Cenizal, Supervised Research, 2021, now at Columbia Climate School

All of our research is conducted in collaboration with important organizations and communities in the field. Examples of past or current partners include the US National Hurricane Center, Mutual Aid NYC, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

Over the course of each student's graduate studies, they will be expected to develop and execute their own independent research programs with mentorship from myself and other faculty and the support and collaboration of other students. For an idea of some of the ongoing work that new students can get involved with as they begin to develop their own agenda or to broaden their experience, visit the current projects page.

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto is a leading program in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI), with incredible opportunities for student research, mentorship, and development. Recent graduates from our department have gone on to meaningful careers in academia, industry, and beyond. Students will also have the opportunity to get involved with the many other initiatives around campus including the University of Toronto Center of Ethics, the Schwartz Reisman Institute, McLuhan Center, and the Technoscience Salon.