University of Calgary

Ryo Suzuki

  • Assistant Professor


Ryo Suzuki is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. His research interest lies at the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and robotics, specifically focusing on the design and development of novel tangible user interfaces with the interactive swarm and soft robots. During his PhD, he has published more than 15 peer-reviewed conference papers at top HCI/Robotics venues, such as CHI, UIST, IROS, DIS, and ASSETS, and received one best paper and one honorable mention paper. Previously he also worked as research interns at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Tokyo, and Adobe Research.  


Research Areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Robotics
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
  • Tangible User Interfaces
  • Shape-changing User Interfaces
  • Haptic Interfaces
  • Swarm Robots
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Digital Fabrication


  • Snap Creative Challenge Award, 2021
  • UIST 2020 Honorable Mention Paper Award, 2020
  • UIST 2020 Honorable Mention Demo Award, 2020
  • University of Colorado Boulder Outstanding Research Award, 2020
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan Innovation Award, 2020
  • DIS 2019 Best Paper Award, 2019

Programmable Reality Lab

Our research lab, Programmable Reality Lab, seeks to blend digital and physical worlds by exploring novel interactions for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), tangible interactions, and shape-changing and swarm interfaces. Our research interest lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Robotics. We usually aim to publish our works at the top conferences in HCI and Robotics, such as ACM CHI, UIST and/or IEEE ICRA, IROS. My group also collaborates with industrial partners, which include Adobe Research, Microsoft Research, Snap Research, and Autodesk Research, in the area of novel interactions for AR/MR and haptic interfaces for VR. 

I am always looking for strong PhDs, masters, postdocs, or interns, who are interested in joining or collaborating with us, across disciplines (e.g., Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Architectural Design, and Computer Science). If you are interested, please feel free to send me an email.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD
    University of Colorado-Boulder, 2020
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