The Advanced Interface Design Lab is located within a larger developmental space (EC4 Second Floor) shared by Human Factors faculty at the Systems Design Engineering Department. Additionally, a separate shared space is dedicated for conducting experiments with human participants. Our research involves extensive use of software and hardware equipment summarized below. 


  • Microsoft Hololens (donated by Microsoft Canada)
  • Oculus Rift
  • Wacom’s Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display – A monitor with the capabilities of a pen-controlled tablet that allows you to draw directly on the screen
  • Cameras, headsets for monitoring the experimental space
  • Affectiva Q Sensor
  • Physiological Monitoring Setup for Intensive Care
  • Ventilators and ICU equipment for healthcare studies

Software and Simulators


A wide range of advanced software tools are used to design interfaces at AIDL. Some of the tools used at AIDL include:

  • Balsamiq – An easy to use tool for static wireframes and mockups that is very useful at the early stages of the design process.
  • Axure - The industry standard tool for interactive prototyping and wireframes, which we use as the complexity of the design increases and the interactions become more important.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator - We use these industry standard design tools to create high fidelity prototypes and eventually many of the graphics in the final product.
  • Phonegap - Many of our eHealth projects are created using this mobile app development tool. 


Simulators or scaled-world environments are useful in experiments that test the effects of interfaces and other factors on human performance. Simulators in the lab include:

  • ISR 360 from Trackgen Solutions
  • Heron UAV Simulator (Owned by DRDC)
  • Financial Trading Simulator (Developed at AIDL)
  • OpenDS Driving Simulator (Being explored for driving research)

Heron UAV Simulator Provided by DRDC