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Tovi Grossman

Distinguished Visiting Scientist

Toronto, Canada


Tovi Grossman is a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Autodesk Research in Toronto, Canada, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Toronto. His research is in HCI, focusing on input and interaction with new technologies and exploring how emerging technologies can be leveraged to enhance learning and knowledge sharing for both software applications and real-world physical tasks. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, over 60 patents, and has received fifteen best paper awards and nominations at the ACM UIST and CHI conferences. His work has led to a number of technologies that are now in commercial products used by millions of users, such as Autodesk Screencast and Autodesk Sketchbook Motion - selected as Apple's 2016 iPad App of the Year.


Related Projects

Software Learning

The Learning project aims to investigate advanced techniques for assisting users in learning complicated applications. We are interested in a range of investigations from the scientific study of the human learning process to prototyping novel interaction techniques for improving the general learning mechanisms that can be applied to all applications.


Amazon recommends books to its users. Netflix recommends movies. With CommunityCommands, Autodesk will recommend command functionality to its users. CommunityCommands collects usage data from thousands of Autodesk users, through the Customer Involvement Program (CIP), and then generates personalized command recommendations using newly developed algorithms. CommunityCommands will expose users to the critical commands which they should be using, but are not aware of, accelerating the learning process.


Project Gadget explores experience design for the Internet of Things. In particular, it examines new authoring tools and concepts that enable designers to focus on designing behaviours, not objects. This project is led by the User Interface research group, part of Autodesk Research. Contact for more information.