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Tomás Dorta, Ph.D

associate professor
(514) 343-6111 ext. 5010 or (514) 340-4711 ext. 2207

Tomás Dorta studied architecture at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas (FAU, LTAD, UCV). He practiced as an architect in interior and architectural design offices in Caracas and, since 1993, continued in Montreal as he started his graduate studies at Université de Montréal. In his ten years of professional practice, he developed a wide experience, covering architectural, interior, and industrial design. His research interests include the design process and co-design using new technologies and the development of new techniques and devices of design in the virtual realm. He obtained his Master’s Degree (1994) and his Ph.D. (2001), studying the Impact of Virtual Reality as a Visualization tool into the Design process. His research has been published and presented in several international scientific conferences, including ICSID, ACADIA, CAADRIA, eCAADe, EuropIA, SIGraDi, CAADFutures, ICDC, IHM and SIGGRAPH as well as other scientific journals as Design Studies, International Journal of Design Sciences and Technologyand and International Journal of Architectural Computing. As a design educator, Tomás Dorta joined the School of Design of Université de Montréal in 1997 where he is now Associate Professor. He teaches Computer Graphics courses and Industrial design studios related to new technologies, design collaboration and bionics. He taught at the Department of Design Art of Concordia University from 2002 to 2004 as part time professor teaching Computer Graphics courses and Design Studies. Tomás Dorta is director of the Design research laboratory Hybridlab.

Professors / collaborators

J.M. Christian Bastien

Université de Lorraine - Metz, Équipe PErSEUs (EA 7312) UFR Sciences Humaines et Arts, Metz (France)

Pierre Leclercq

Université de Liège, LUCID - Lab for User Cognition & Innovative Design, Belgique

Carmelo Di Bartolo

Design Innovation, Milano, Italy

Stéphanie Cardoso

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Équipe MICA, Bordeaux, France

Jean-Marc Robert

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Département de mathématiques et genie industrielle, Montréal



Research Affiliate

Stéphane Safin, Ph.D

Maître de conférences en Ergonomie

Université Paris 8, Equipe C3U - Conception, Création, Compétences, Usages Laboratoire Paragraphe EA 349



Research assistants

Gokce Kinayoglu, Ph.D


Postdoctoral Scholar

Gokce Kinayoglu has bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and PhD in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral research has focused on soundscapes and the study of embodied multisensory environmental perception in real virtual and augmented environments. Prior to joining Hybridlab he has taught as an adjunct professor in Interior Architecture and Digital Media departments at Rhode Island School of Design. He works as a post doctoral researcher and developer in Hybridlab, studying the influence of immersive and mobile interfaces, embodiment and multisensory interaction on design thinking and practice.

Anne-Marie Hébert, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Scholar

Anne-Marie Hébert has a master degree in ergonomics from Paris Descartes University and a PhD in ergonomic psychology from Telecom ParisTech in France. Her research focuses on collaborative design. More precisely, her master degree consisted in the elaboration an evaluation method for the quality of collaboration for design activity supported by an enhanced reality technology in architecture and in her PhD degree, she focused her research on forms of collaboration and mainly the ones that foster creativity in video game design. Her work at the Hybridlab as a post-doc researcher consists of highlighting and understanding forms of collaboration retrieved in the activity of ideation that are set up within the use of an enhanced reality technology.

Annemarie Lesage

Ph.D. candidate

Annemarie Lesage has studied in fine arts (BFA from Concordia U., MFA from L.S.U.) and in graphic design (MGD from NC State) in Canada and United States. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the self-rewarding (also called autotelic) aspects of the interactive experience. She is a part-time faculty at UQÀM École de Design and in Concordia University?s Design and Computation Arts program, in Montreal.

Edgar Pérez

Ph.D. candidate

Edgar Pérez has received his bachelor degree in industrial design in Mexico, and his M.Sc.A. from l?Université de Montréal. His Ph.D. topic is the assessment of conceptual design tools.

Ignacio Calvo

MA candidate

Graduate student in Design and Complexity, Université de Montréal

Sophie Poulin-Martin

Industrial Designer

Julien Tillez

Intern - Profesional Master - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

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