Sidney Fels

Author: Sidney Fels


Sidney has been in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia since 1998. Sidney received his Ph. D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto in 1994 and 1990 respectively. He received his B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1988. He was a visiting research at ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan from 1996 to 1997. He also worked at Virtual Technologies Inc. in Palo Alto, CA developing the GesturePlus system and the CyberServer in 1995. His research interests are in human-computer interaction, neural networks, intelligent agents and interactive arts. Some of his research projects include Glove-TalkII, Glove-Talk, Iamascope, InvenTcl, French Surfaces, Sound Sculpting and the context-aware mobile assistant project (CMAP). Using the Glove-TalkII system a person could speak with their hands. The device was built to be a virtual artificial vocal tract. The person using the system wore special gloves and used a foot pedal. These devices controlled a model of a vocal tract so that a person could "play" speech much as a musician plays music. His collaborative work on sound sculpting is an extension of this idea to create musical instruments. The Iamascope is an interactive artwork which explores the relationship between people and machines. In Iamascope the participant takes the place of the coloured piece of glass inside the kaleidoscope. The participant's movements cause a cascade of imagery and music to engulf them. His other artwork includes the Forklift Ballet, Video Cubism, PlesioPhone and Waking Dream. He currently heads the Human Communication Technologies (HCT) Laboratory and is the Director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at the University of British Columbia.


Publication period start: 1995
Number of co-authors: 80


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Saul Greenberg
Yasuyuki Sumi
Kenji Mase

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Norihiro Hagita
Bill Buxton
Saul Greenberg


Mase, Kenji, Sumi, Yasuyuki, Fels, Sidney (2007): Welcome to the special issue on memory and sharing of experience for the Journal of Person. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 11 (4) pp. 213-214.

Sumi, Yasuyuki, Ito, Sadanori, Matsuguchi, Tetsuya, Fels, Sidney, Iwasawa, Shoichiro, Mase, Kenji, Kogure, Kiyoshi, Hagita, Norihiro (2007): Collaborative capturing, interpreting, and sharing of experiences. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 11 (4) pp. 265-271.

Fels, Sidney, Kinoshita, Yuichiro, Chen, Tzu-Pei Grace, Takama, Yasufumi, Yohanan, Steve, Takahashi, Sachiyo, Gadd, Ashley, Funahashi, Kenji (2005): Swimming Across the Pacific: A VR Swimming Interface. In IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 25 (1) pp. 24-31.

Beamish, Timothy, MacLean, Karon E., Fels, Sidney (2004): Manipulating music: multimodal interaction for DJs. In: Dykstra-Erickson, Elizabeth, Tscheligi, Manfred (eds.) Proceedings of ACM CHI 2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 24-29, 2004, Vienna, Austria. pp. 327-334.

Fels, Sidney (2004): Designing intimate experiences. In: Nunes, Nuno Jardim, Rich, Charles (eds.) International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2004 January 13-16, 2004, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. pp. 2-3.

Poupyrev, Ivan, Weghorst, Suzanne, Fels, Sidney (2000): Non-Isomorphic 3D Rotational Techniques. In: Turner, Thea, Szwillus, Gerd, Czerwinski, Mary, Peterno, Fabio, Pemberton, Steven (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 2000 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 1-6, 2000, The Hague, The Netherlands. pp. 540-547.

Mulder, Axel G.E., Fels, Sidney, Mase, Kenji (1999): Design of Virtual 3D Instruments for Musical Interaction. In: Graphics Interface 99 June 2-4, 1999, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. pp. 76-83.

Fels, Sidney, Mase, Kenji (1999): Iamascope: a graphical musical instrument. In Computers & Graphics, 23 (2) pp. 277-286.

Cooperstock, Jeremy R., Fels, Sidney, Buxton, Bill, Smith, Kenneth C. (1997): Reactive Environments. In Communications of the ACM, 40 (9) pp. 65-73.

Fels, Sidney, Hinton, Geoffrey (1995): GloveTalkII: An Adaptive Gesture-to-Formant Interface. In: Katz, Irvin R., Mack, Robert L., Marks, Linn, Rosson, Mary Beth, Nielsen, Jakob (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 95 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference May 7-11, 1995, Denver, Colorado. pp. 456-463.

Fels, Sidney, Hinton, Geoffrey (1990): Building Adaptive Interfaces with Neural Networks: The Glove-Talk Pilot Study. In: Diaper, Dan, Gilmore, David J., Cockton, Gilbert, Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 90 - 3rd IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction August 27-31, 1990, Cambridge, UK. pp. 683-688.

Chen, Tzu-Pei Grace, Fels, Sidney (2004): Exploring gradient-based face navigation interfaces. In: Graphics Interface 2004 May 17-19, 2004, London, Ontario, Canada. pp. 65-72.

Prime, Martin, Hauptmann, Alexander G., Chapin, William L., Fels, Sidney (1991): Experiences with Computer Glove Input Devices. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting , 1991, . pp. 413-415.

Tee, Kimberly, Moffatt, Karyn, Findlater, Leah, MacGregor, Eve, McGrenere, Joanna, Purves, Barbara, Fels, Sidney (2005): A visual recipe book for persons with language impairments. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2005, . pp. 501-510.

Botta, David, Werlinger, Rodrigo, Gagné, André, Beznosov, Konstantin, Iverson, Lee, Fels, Sidney, Fisher, Brian D. (2007): Towards understanding IT security professionals and their tools. In: Proceedings of the 2007 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security , 2007, . pp. 100-111.

Vatikiotis-Bateson, Eric, Burnham, Denis, Fels, Sidney (eds.) Audio-Visual Speech Processing July 2005, 2005, Vancouver, Canada.

Greenberg, Saul, Fels, Sidney (2009): Exploring video streams using slit-tear visualizations. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 3509-3510.

Sumi, Yasuyuki, Etani, Tameyuki, Fels, Sidney, Simonet, Nicolas, Kobayashi, Kaoru, Mase, Kenji (1998): C-MAP: Building a Context-Aware Mobile Assistant for Exhibition Tours. In: Ishida, Toru (eds.) Community Computing and Support Systems, Social Interaction in Networked Communities June, 1998, Kyoto, Japan. pp. 137-154.

Lanir, Joel, Greenberg, Saul, Fels, Sidney (2009): Supporting transitions in work: informing large display application design by understandin. In: GROUP09 - International Conference on Supporting Group Work , 2009, . pp. 149-158.

Zhang, Cheng Chris, Cho, Sung-Bae, Fels, Sidney (2007): MyView: Personalized Event Retrieval and Video Compositing from Multi-camera Video Images. In: Smith, Michael J., Salvendy, Gavriel (eds.) Symposium on Human Interface 2007 - Part I July 22-27, 2007, Beijing, China. pp. 549-558.

Miyaoku, Kento, Fels, Sidney (2007): C-Band: A Flexible Ring Tag System for Camera-Based User Interface. In: Shumaker, Randall (eds.) ICVR 2007 - Virtual Reality - Second International Conference - Part 1 July 22-27, 2007, Beijing, China. pp. 320-328.

Beamish, Tim, MacLean, Karon E., Fels, Sidney (2003): Designing the Haptic Turntable for Musical Control. In: HAPTICS 2003 - 11th International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems 22-23 March, 2003, Los Angeles, CA, USA. pp. 24-31.

Deutscher, Meghan, Hoskinson, Reynald, Takahashi, Sachiyo, Fels, Sidney (2005): Echology: an interactive spatial sound and video artwork. In: Zhang, Hongjiang, Chua, Tat-Seng, Steinmetz, Ralf, Kankanhalli, Mohan S., Wilcox, Lynn (eds.) Proceedings of the 13th ACM International Conference on Multimedia November 6-11, 2005, Singapore. pp. 937-945.

Fels, Sidney, Lee, Eric, Mase, Kenji (2000): Techniques for interactive video cubism (poster session). In: ACM Multimedia 2000 , 2000, . pp. 368-370.

Greenberg, Saul, Fels, Sidney (2008): Exploring video streams using slit-tear visualizations. In: Levialdi, Stefano (eds.) AVI 2008 - Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces May 28-30, 2008, Napoli, Italy. pp. 191-198.

You, Wei, Fels, Sidney, Lea, Rodger (2008): Studying vision-based multiple-user interaction with in-home large displays. In: Proceedings of the 2008 ACM International Workshop on Human-Centered Multimedia , 2008, . pp. 19-26.

Finke, Matthias, Kaviani, Nima, Wang, Ivy, Tsao, Vincent, Fels, Sidney, Lea, Rodger (2010): Investigating distributed user interfaces across interactive large displays and mobile dev. In: Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces , 2010, . pp. 413.

Stavness, Ian, Lam, Billy, Fels, Sidney (2010): pCubee: a perspective-corrected handheld cubic display. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 1381-1390.

Anacleto, Junia Coutinho, Fels, Sidney, Villena, Johana María Rosas (2010): Design of a web-based therapist tool to promote emotional closeness. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 3565-3570.

Müller, Stefanie, Miller, Gregor, Fels, Sidney (2010): Using temporal video annotation as a navigational aid for video browsing. In: Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology , 2010, . pp. 445-446.

McDougall, Zoe, Fels, Sidney (2010): Cultural probes in the design of communication. In: ACM 28th International Conference on Design of Communication , 2010, . pp. 57-64.

Sugiyama, Bruno A., Anacleto, Junia C., Fels, Sidney, Caseli, Helena M. (2010): Using cultural knowledge to assist communication between people with different cultural ba. In: ACM 28th International Conference on Design of Communication , 2010, . pp. 183-190.

d'Alessandro, Nicolas, Pritchard, Robert, Wang, Johnty, Fels, Sidney (2011): Ubiquitous voice synthesis: interactive manipulation of speech and singing on mobile distr. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 335-340.

Miller, Gregor, Fels, Sidney, Hajri, Abir Al, Ilich, Michael, Foley-Fisher, Zoltan, Fernandez, Manuel, Jang, Daesik (2011): MediaDiver: viewing and annotating multi-view video. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 1141-1146.

Anacleto, Junia C., Balbino, Fernando C., Astolfi, Gilberto, Fels, Sidney, Bueno, Andre O. (2011): A cultural knowledge-based method to support the formation of homophilous online communiti. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 2089-2094.

Fels, Sidney, Hinton, Geoffrey E. (1995): Glove-TalkII: Mapping Hand Gestures to Speech Using Neural Networks. In: Tesauro, Gerald, Touretzky, David S., Leen, Todd K. (eds.) Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 7, [NIPS Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, 1994] , 1995, . pp. 843-850.