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

Latest news:

2021 Jan. 29:

Axel Antoine successfully defended his PhD on the investigation of strategies and tools for visually representing interaction scenarios. Congratulations Dr. Axel, and happy that you are staying with us to bring to maturity softwares you implemented during this PhD.

2021 Jan. 22:

Research paper from Axel Antoine in collaboration with Géry Casiez and Nicolai Marquardt on Styles and Techniques for Visually Representing Interaction Scenarios has been accepted to CHI 2021

2020 Oct. 21:

Very happy for Nicole Pong who defended her PhD where she investigates the interaction with signifierless designs (with a particular focus on iOS Swhidgets). Congratulations Dr. Nicole. Good luck in the future.

2020 Oct. 1:

Eva Mackamul joins our group and begin her PhD on the design, implementation and evaluation of discoverable GUIs. Welcome to the Loki group Eva :D !

I am a research scientist (Chargé de Recherche 1ère classe) at Inria, in the Loki group. Prior to that, I did 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.

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. 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 (2020-2023) that investigates the design of Graphical User Interfaces that would better support the discovery of their interactive principles.

Selected Publications

Investigating Performance and Usage of Input Methods for Soft Keyboard Hotkeys (MobileHCI '20)
Where is that Feature? Designing for Cross-Device Software Learnability (DIS '20)
Investigating The Necessity Of Delay In Marking Menu Invocation (CHI '20)
Awareness, Usage and Discovery of Swhidgets in iOS (ISS '19)
Improving Discoverability and Expert Performance in Force-Sensitive Text Selection for Touch Devices with Mode Gauges (CHI '18)

Ongoing student supervisions

  • Constant Yuan Chen (PhD Student, co-supervised with Géry Casiez and Edward Lank)
  • Eva Mackamul (PhD Student funded on the Discovery project, co-supervised with Géry Casiez)
  • Damien Masson (PhD Student, co-supervised with Géry Casiez and Edward Lank)

Previous student supervisions

  • Dr Axel Antoine (Defended 29th Jan. 2021, co-supervised with Géry Casiez) -- Now research engineer at Inria
  • Dr Nicole Pong (Defended 21st Oct. 2020, co-supervised with Stéphane Huot and Nicolas Roussel)