Sylvain Malacria

Loki group

Inria Centre at the University of Lille

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

Latest news:

2023 Oct. 25th:

I have just successfully defended my HDR thesis on why interaction methods should be exposed and recognizable in front of my family, friends, colleagues, and a fantastic Jury.

2023 Sept. 25th:

Eva Mackamul and Vincent Lambert presented papers at the MobileHCI '23 conference. Eva even received an honorable mention award for her work on Exploring Visual Signifier Characteristics to Improve the Perception of Affordances of In-Place Touch Inputs. Fantastic work guys!

2023 Mar. 8th:

Haven't updated for a while, so lot's of news. In short, 5 papers conditionnally accepted (3 at CHI, 1 at GI, and 1 CHI usecase) as well as a demo at the french HCI conference and a book chapter on command selection. Great job to all my co-authors on this. Also have a new PhD student, Raphael Perraud, that will work on fostering the discovery of features via augmented video tutorials. Welcome Raphaël!

I am a research scientist (Chargé de Recherche 1ère classe, HDR) at Inria, in the Loki group. Prior to that, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University College London and at the University of Canterbury (New-Zealand). I did my Ph.D. at Télécom ParisTech, and passed my Master Degree at UPMC in Artificial Intelligence with a speciality in HCI. I am also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada (2021-2024).

My research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), with additional focus on designing interactive systems and interaction techniques that can be easily discovered and learned by novice users, while still yielding high performance to more practiced users. More generally, I am highly interested in how interaction can be communicated to the user to foster its discovery. If you are curious about my research, giving a look at the selected publications below should provide a decent overview.

I currently am the Principal Investigator of the ANR JCJC Discovery project (2020-2024) that investigates the design of Graphical User Interfaces that would better support the discovery of their interactive principles.

Selected Publications

Why interaction methods should be exposed and recognizable (HDR)
Statslator: Interactive Translation of NHST and Estimation Statistics Reporting Styles in Scientific Documents (UIST' 23)
Exploring Visual Signifier Characteristics to Improve the Perception of Affordances of In-Place Touch Inputs (Mobile HCI' 23)
Studying the Visual Representation of Microgestures (Mobile HCI' 23)
Charagraph: Interactive Generation of Charts for Realtime Annotation of Data-Rich Paragraphs (CHI' 23)

Ongoing student supervisions

  • Eva Mackamul (PhD Student funded on the Discovery project, co-supervised with Géry Casiez)
  • Raphaël Perraud (PhD Student funded by the Discovery project and Région Hauts-de-France)
  • Vincent Lambert (PhD Student at Grenoble Alpes University, co-supervised with Laurence Nigay and Alix Goguey)
  • Constant Yuan Chen (PhD Student in co-tutelle with University of Waterloo, co-supervised with Géry Casiez, Daniel Vogel and Edward Lank)

Previous student supervisions

  • Damien Masson (Defended August 2023, co-supervised with Géry Casiez, Daniel Vogel and Edward Lank) —— Now Post Doc at University of Toronto
  • Dr Axel Antoine (Defended 29th Jan. 2021, co-supervised with Géry Casiez) -- Now lead software engineer at Stereograph
  • Dr Nicole Pong (Defended 21st Oct. 2020, co-supervised with Stéphane Huot and Nicolas Roussel)