Dr. Audrey Girouard is an outstanding researcher in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). She leads a multidisciplinary research team that considers how people use tangible devices and technologies, understands their applications, and studies their social acceptability. She is a pioneer of deformable user interfaces, in which she considers general applications and those focused on accessibility. Her work is published at the top venues in HCI, including ACM CHI, ACM UIST and ACM TEI, and has been picked up broadly by her peers. Her h-index is 22 and she has over 2400 citations to her work.
Dr. Girouard has secured over $4 million in research funding over the past 5 years. She leads an NSERC CREATE training program (CLUE) and is an investigator on another program. She received an NSERC Accelerator Supplement, given only to the most promising researchers.
Her record of training is exceptional: with 87 undergraduates, 19 master’s students, five Ph.D. students, two PDFs, and four RAs trained or being trained, her trainees are also extensively published and have graduated with great outcomes. Her record of training is so strong that she received the Carleton Outstanding Faculty Graduate Mentor Award in 2020, a remarkable achievement for an associate professor.
Finally, Dr. Girouard engages extensively in outreach to schools and with the media, serving an essential role in changing the public perception of women, particularly those with children, into international research leaders, inventors, professors, and experts in technology.