Md. Sami Uddin

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

University of Regina

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Regina, Canada. My research falls under the broad category of Human-Computer Interaction; primarily, I focus on users’ rapid development of expertise with computer interfaces. I investigate and exploit people’s physical and cognitive abilities to design better interaction facilities and graphical interfaces that support users become experts quickly.

Before moving to Regina, I worked as a Post-Doc Researcher at McGill University, Canada. I completed my Master’s and PhD under the supervision of Dr. Carl Gutwin in the Interaction Lab at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Inspired by the real-life benefits of landmarks in remembering the locations of real objects in an environment, I have been investigating the use of ‘landmarks’ in computer interfaces as a way to provide efficient learning and remembering strategies for the locations of graphical elements (e.g., commands). I also work in various computing platforms, including traditional desktops, large multi-touch displays, and small handheld touch devices.

Before moving to Canada, I served as a Lecturer of Computer Science and Engineering at the Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, and completed Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from the Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh.


  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Expertise Development
  • Spatial User Interfaces
  • Interaction Design
  • Multi-Touch Interations
  • Tabletops


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2022

    University of Saskatchewan

  • MSc in Computer Science, 2016

    University of Saskatchewan

  • BSc in Computer Science and IT, 2010

    Islamic Uniersity of Technology

Featured Publications

(2021). The Image of the Interface: How People Use Landmarks to Develop Spatial Memory of Commands in Graphical Interfaces. Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI 2021. 1-17. Honorable Mention


(2017). Using Artificial Landmarks to Improve Revisitation Performance and Spatial Learning in Linear Control Widgets. Proceedings of the 5th Symposium on Spatial User Interaction, SUI 2017. 48-57.


(2017). The Effects of Artificial Landmarks on Learning and Performance in Spatial-Memory Interfaces. Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI 2017. 3843-3855.


(2016). HandMark Menus: Rapid Command Selection and Large Command Sets on Multi-Touch Displays. Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI 2016. 5836-5848.


Relevant Experience


Post-Doc Researcher

McGill University

Oct 2021 – May 2022 Montreal, Canada

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

University of Saskatchewan

Sep 2014 – Sep 2021 Saskatoon, Canada


Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology

Apr 2011 – Aug 2014 Dhaka, Bangladesh

Honours and Awards

Honorable Mention Award

Best Poster Award

Received the Best Poster Award for "Artificial Landmarks Augmented Media Player for Video Revsitation" at GI 2017, Edmonton, AB, Canada.