Nikita Soni

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    College: Engineering Department: Computer Science
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: SEO 1218
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Intelligent User Interfaces, Education Technology, and Child-Computer Interaction

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Some nice-to-have skills (encouraged but not required) include programming fundamentals, experimental design, good communications skills, personal accountability, and time management. Students from disciplines outside computer science including (but not limited to) learning sciences, sociology, and biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply!

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The iMIX (Intelligent Multimodal Interaction Experiences) lab focuses on designing intelligent user interaction technologies that allow users, especially children and families, to provide input via natural interaction modalities such as touch gestures and speech. The technologies iMIX lab focuses on are particularly used in the context of education and creativity. Affiliated students will work on research projects that will have real-world implications on the design of today's ubiquitous technologies. Some example tasks include: running user studies with children or families and prototyping advanced user interfaces (e.g., touch and speech). Projects can be tailored to suit the interests of the student, given they are in line with the lab’s focus and needs.

    Students considering to pursue graduate school are strongly encouraged to apply! Interested UIC students can contact me at We may schedule a 30-minute meeting to discuss your research interests and potential projects.

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