Hemant Surale

Research Scientist at Reality Labs

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Hemant (meaning) is a Human-Computer Interaction Researcher in Canada. His main research interests include Mixed Reality Interfaces (MR), Wearable Computing, Input Interactions (Gestural interfaces), and Applied Machine Learning (Computer Vision).

He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he was advised by Daniel Vogel, Mark Hancock, and Edward Lank. He has won the David R. Cheriton Graduate Scholarship three times and several other awards (IDSA, CS Achievement Award). He is a Snap Research Fellow. He has previously worked with Microsoft Research, Snap Research, North Research, NetApp Research, Oracle Corp, and co-founded a startup, IoTBLR (Internet of Things, Bangalore).

The focus of his HCI research is on improving productivity through the design, development, and evaluation of user interfaces. He has studied atomic concepts such as modes and mode-switching to create design guidelines that can be applied to a wide range of applications.


Jun 25, 2023 Our paper on text-entry method for AR (STAR) is conditionally accepted at UIST’23. :sparkles:
Mar 13, 2023 Our paper on gaze-based mode-switching was accepted at ETRA’23. :sparkles:
Feb 15, 2023 After a successful internship, my intern Shanaa is returning to the York Uni.
Dec 1, 2022 After a successful internship, my intern Taejun is returning to KAIST.

selected publications

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    Gaze-based Mode-Switching to Enhance Interaction with Menus on Tablets
    Yanfei Hu Fleischhauer, Hemant Bhaskar Surale, Florian Alt, and 1 more author
    In Proceedings of the 2023 Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, 2023
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    Arcall: Real-time ar communication using smartphones and smartglasses
    Hemant Bhaskar Surale, Yu Jiang Tham, Brian A Smith, and 1 more author
    In Augmented Humans 2022, 2022