Roel Vertegaal
Queen's University

Xuuk Inc. / Human Media Lab, Queen's University
Kingston, Canada

Dr. Roel Vertegaal is one of Canada's foremost designers of highly futuristic interactive technologies. Roel is Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the prestigious Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he directs the Human Media Laboratory at the School of Computing. He is also CEO of Xuuk, Inc., a startup that develops eye sensors for interactive, real-world viewing statistics gathering. Roel's first degree is in Electronic Music from Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. He also studied Visual Design, Photography and Film in The Hague, Computing in Britain, and he holds a PhD in Human Factors from Twente University in The Netherlands.  Roel received the Premier of Ontario's Research Excellence Award for his pioneering work on Attentive User Interfaces (AUI), which was featured in media across the globe, from ABC Good Morning America to Scientific American. Roel helped create the first North-American conference on Eye Tracking (ACM ETRA), established ALT.CHI as an alternative papers venue at the annual ACM SIGCHI conference and advised the National Academy of Sciences on AUI.