Stacey Scott

Adjunct Adjunct Associate Professor

Contact InformationStacey Scott

Biography Summary

Stacey Scott is an Associate Professor in the Systems Design Engineering department and is cross-appointed in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. She is also the Director of the Collaborative Systems Laboratory and a Member of UWaterloo's Games Institute.

Her research expertise lies in human-computer interaction and computer-supported collaboration, with a special interest in developing technology that enhances human collaboration, communication, and decision-making in face-to-face environments. Professor Scott specializes in the development of large, interactive touch-surface computing technology, such as digital tabletops and walls, and multi-surface environments that incorporate large surfaces with mobile personal surfaces, such as smartphones and tablets. She utilizes these technologies to support a wide range of face-to-face collaborative and social activities, including military command and control and emergency response, and more playful pursuits such as board gaming.

As a strong advocate of the potential of surface computing technologies to support collaboration, she is heavily involved in the surface computing international research and development community, as well the human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) communities. Professor Scott was a co-guest editor of a special issue of the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications journal (2006) on digital tabletops, and has twice served as Program Chair of the ACM (formally IEEE) International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces in 2007 and 2009.

Professor Scott is passionate collaborator and community builder. Since 2010, she co-founded and served as theme co-lead for two federally-funded multi-institutional strategic research networks (SurfNet: NSERC Digital Surface Software Application Network, and IMMERSe: SSHRC Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate). She also co-founded and served as the Canadian Director from 2010-2013 of a Canadian-European exchange program, Leif: A Multicultural Exploration into Research and Education for Surface Computing, to promote exchanges between Canada and European universities engaged in surface computing research. In 2011, she co-founded the the UWaterloo Games Institute, and served as its Associate Director from 2011-2015. She also has strong ties with a number of industry partners, and enjoys working on relevant project addressing complex, real-world problems.

Her general research interests include interface and interaction design, visualization, visual analytics, decision support, and computer-supported collaboration.

Research Interests

  • human-computer interaction
  • computer-supported collaboration
  • collaborative systems design
  • user-centred technology design
  • usability testing
  • empirical studies
  • qualitative research methods
  • interface and interaction design
  • digital tabletops
  • interactive surface computing


  • 2005, Doctorate, Computer Science, Specializing in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Calgary
  • 1997, Bachelor's, Computing Science and Mathematics, Dalhousie University

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Sasangohar, Farzan and Scott, Stacey D and Cummings, Mary L, Supervisory-level interruption recovery in time-critical control tasks, Applied ergonomics, 45(4), 2014, 1148 - 1156
  • Sasangohar, Farzan and Scott, Stacey D and Donmez, Birsen, Interruption Management and Recovery in Time-critical Supervisory-level Tasks A Literature Review, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 57(1), 2013, 1745 - 1749
  • Chang, Y-LB and Hancock, M and Scott, SD and Pape, J and Graham, TCN, Improving the Social Gaming Experience by Comparing Physical and Digital Tabletop Board Games, , 2012
  • Genest, Aaron and Bateman, Scott and Tang, Anthony and Scott, Stacey and Gutwin, Carl, Why expressiveness matters in command & control visualizations, Guest Editors, 2012
  • Seifried, Thomas and Haller, Michael and Scott, Stacey D and Perteneder, Florian and Rendl, Christian and Sakamoto, Daisuke and Inami, Masahiko, DEMO HOUR-CRiSTAL, Interactions-New York, 18(3), 2011

Graduate Studies