Dr. Barrett Ens is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with experience designing interfaces for head-worn displays, aimed at pushing wearable capabilities beyond current micro-interactions. By incorporating new interactive devices and techniques with Augmented Reality, his previous work explored interfaces that support multi-view, analytic tasks for in-situ mobile workers and other everyday users. Along with additional experience in collaborative and social computing, 3D immersive interfaces, and visual analytics, Barrett brings his skills to the Empathic Computing Lab with hopes of creating rich collaborative experiences that support intuitive interaction with high-level cognitive tasks.
Barrett completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Pourang Irani. Previously, he received a BSc in Computer Science with first class honours from the University of Manitoba and a BMus from the University of Calgary, where he studied classical guitar and specialized in Music Theory. In 2015 and 2016, Barrett completed a pair of research internships at Autodesk Research in Toronto under the supervision of Tovi Grossman and Fraser Anderson. In 2012, he joined Michael Haller at the Media Interaction Lab in Hagenberg, Austria in a summer exchange program. He has contributed to the program committees for the Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) and the ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI).