PhD Student



Leila is currently conducting research on Persuasive Systems and developing an engaging user interface for home health monitoring mobile applications. Prior to starting her doctoral study, she was a research associate at the Technology for Aging Gracefully Lab at the University of
Toronto. Their research concerned the development of hardware and software for an accessible eBook for visually impaired individuals. Leila studied Media Informatics at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, and her master's thesis research, which was done at the University of Toronto, concerned the design and implementation of a mobile phone application and aimed at helping researchers understand the effects of age and Parkinson's disease on cell phone usability. Leila also collaborated in a Microsoft Research project, aimed at inventing a new method of text entry through a keyboard on the back of a hand held digital device. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Leila worked for several years in Iran Telecomm Research Centre, developing software components of Unified Messaging systems.

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B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

M.Sc. Media Informatics (Computer Science & Multimedia Technology), RWTH Aachen University and University of Toronto

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* Mercer, Kathryn, Neill Baskerville, Catherine M. Burns, Feng Chang, Lora
Giangregorio, Jill Tomasson Goodwin, Leila Sadat Rezai, and Kelly
Grindrod. "Using a Collaborative Research Approach to Develop an
Interdisciplinary Research Agenda for the Study of Mobile Health
Interventions for Older Adults." JMIR mHealth and uHealth 3, no. 1, 2015.

* Rezai, Leila S., and Catherine M. Burns. "Using Cognitive Work Analysis
and a Persuasive Design Approach to Create Effective Blood Pressure
Management Systems." In Proceedings of the International Symposium of
Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 36-43. SAGE Publications, 2014.

* Rezai, Leila S., Gerard Torenvliet, and Catherine M. Burns. "Increasing
Patient Adherence to Home Health-Monitoring Systems." In Proceedings of
the International Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare,vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 8-14. SAGE Publications, 2014.

* Scott, James, Shahram Izadi, Leila Sadat Rezai, Dominika Ruszkowski,
Xiaojun Bi, and Ravin Balakrishnan. "RearType: text entry using keys on
the back of a device." In Proceedings of the 12th international conference
on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services, pp.
171-180. ACM, 2010.

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Additional Information

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University of Waterloo

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