Sylvain Malacria

Inria, Loki group
Centre de recherche Lille -- Nord Europe,
Batiment B, bureau B102
40, avenue Halley - Park Plaza
59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Phone: +33 (0)3 59 35 8785
sylvain dot malacria at inria dot fr


I am a research scientist (Chargé de Recherche 1ère classe) at Inria, in the Loki group. Prior to that, I did a 10 months post-doc at the University College London and a two years post-doc with Andy Cockburn at the University of Canterbury (New-Zealand). I did my Ph.D. with Eric Lecolinet at Télécom ParisTech, and passed my Master Graduate at UPMC in Artificial Intelligence with a speciality in HCI.

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), with additional focus on designing new interaction techniques. I especially focus on understanding and improving the transition from novice to expert mode in graphical interfaces. During my Ph.D., I worked on identifying which type of resources (software and hardware) can be used to enrich the input bandwidth.

Latest publications

Awareness, Usage and Discovery of Swhidgets in iOS (ISS '19) [PDF] [ACM] 
Esquisse: Using 3D Staging to Create Vector-based Trace Figures  (Interact '19) [PDF] [VIDEO] [Springer] 
Improving Discoverability and Expert Performance in Force-Sensitive Text Selection (CHI '18) [PDF] [VIDEO] [ACM] 
Pointing at a Distance with Everyday Smart Devices (CHI '18) [PDF] [VIDEO] [ACM] 
TurboMouse: Compensate End-to-end Latency in Indirect Interaction (CHI '18) [PDF] [VIDEO] [ACM] 
Introducing Transient Gestures to Improve Pan and Zoom on Touch Surfaces (CHI '18) [PDF] [VIDEO] [ACM] 

Other Activities


I am currently teaching computer science and HCI at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Lille and Institut Villebon-Charpak (Université Paris Saclay).

Current student supervisions

- Since Oct 2017: co-supervisor with Géry Casiez of Axel Antoine's PhD (University of Lille)
- Since Nov 2016: co-supervisor with Nicolas Roussel and Stéphane Huot of Nicole Pong's PhD (Inria)

Previous supervisions

-2017 Co-supervisor with Géry Casiez of Axel Antoine Master 2 summer internship (University of Lille)
-2016 Co-supervisor with Géry Casiez of Axel Antoine Master 1 summer internship (University of Lille)
-2016 Co-supervisor with Géry Casiez and Alix Goguey of Damien Masson undergraduate summer internship (University of Lille)
-2016 Co-supervisor with Géry Casiez of Axel Antoine and Sofiane Rahahoui Master 1 projects (University of Lille)
-2014 Supervisor of Hana Kim masters project. (University College London)
-2013 Co-supervisor with Professor Cockburn of Joel Harrison honors project. (University of Canterbury)


-Interactivity co-chair for the CHI 2020 conference.
-Program Commitee Member for the ISS 2019 conference.
-Program Commitee Member for the CHI 2017 and 2018 conferences (Interaction Techniques, Devices, and Modalities subcommittee).
-Program Commitee Member for the Mobile HCI 2016 conference.
-Program Commitee Member for Workshops for CHI 2014 and 2015 conferences.
-Program Commitee Member for 26th, 27th Conférence francophone sur l’Interaction Homme-Machine (IHM '14 and '15).
-Program Commitee Member for the Fifteenth Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC 2014).
-Organization of the ACM SigCHI Paris "Interfaces de demain" showcase, July 7 2011, Paris.
-Meetings management on Human Computer Interaction at Telecom ParisTech

Invited Talks

-Opportunities and limits of Adaptive User Interfaces at the Technology and Routines workshop, June 27-28 2016, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich, Germany.
-Computing tools to empower users, UCLIC seminar, November 19 2015, University College London, United Kingdom.
-Improving user’s expertise with user interfaces at SIGCHI Paris, February 7 2014, University Paris-Sud, France.
-Improving user’s intermodal expertise, July 9 2013, UCL/BBC London Media Technology Campus, United Kingdom.
-The design and evaluation of mechanisms promoting hotkey use: April 19 2014 at Inria Bordeaux, France and April 25 2014 at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany.
-Touch-based interactions at the Interfaces de demain showcase, July 7 2011, Paris.
-Bell-labs open days, May 11-13 2011, Villarceaux.
-Paris Region Innovation Tour 2008, 19th of November 2008, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris.


I frequently serve as a reviewer for the main HCI conferences, especially:
-ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).
-ACM Symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST).
-ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS).
-ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI).
-IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT).
-The interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction (Interacting With Computers).
-ACM Conférence francophone sur l’Interaction Homme-Machine (IHM).