Hello! My name is Sowmya Somanath. I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Victoria. I lead the Creative Experiences Lab, which broadly focuses on topics in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. More specifically, my research interest is in studying how people create digital and physical artifacts using technology (such as electronics, fabrication devices, AR, VR) and designing tools to support such do-it-yourself processes. My lab investigates do-it-yourself activities within the realm of diverse application areas such as education, personal health monitoring and home contexts. Beyond my primary area of research, I am actively involved in collaborative projects focused on designing interfaces for people and autonomous vehicle interactions. From 2018-2019 I was an Assistant Professor at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Since becoming a professor in 2018, I have taught several courses in HCI and Design. I am fortunate to work with some amazing students and have had the opportunity to conduct research with undergraduate and graduate students. Creative Experiences Lab is part of the composite research group, Victoria Interactive Experiences with Information (VIXI) Lab. I encourage you to peruse the research websites of Dr. Charles Perin and Dr. Miguel Nacenta to learn about other topics explored in VIXI.