Who we are

With Simon the Robot in Atlanta for CHI 2011

With Simon the Robot in Atlanta for CHI 2011

The CoffeeLab was founded by HCI researcher and academic Dr. Maria Karam in 2008. Since then, the CoffeeLab has grown into a global network of HCI researchers, university labs, students, professors, and industry professionals. We all share a common goal of improving the tools and methods available for conducting usability studies and end-user based computer interaction research in real world scenarios.

Linking into public spaces, private homes, and other venues outside of the computer research labs offers a new perspective in evaluating software, hardware, and other interactive devices where they were meant to be deployed, with real world users.

installing the Emoti-Chair at the Rumball Centre for the Deaf in Toronto

installing the Emoti-Chair at the Rumball Centre for the Deaf in Toronto

The CoffeeLab has affiliations with several research labs at University of Toronto, Ryerson University, OCAD University, and Waterloo University in Canada, Virginia Tech in the US, and Southampton University, University College London, Glasgow University, and Kings College London in the UK. We continue to build our network globally.