Tira Cohene - CV
Tira Cohene Dynamic Graphics Project
Human Computer Interaction
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Email: tcohene [at] dgp [dot] toronto [dot] edu

Objective To obtain a position in systems usability and design in an active and rewarding atmosphere

University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
M.Sc., In Progress
[2003 - Present]

Department of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction
[2005] Holder of the Max and Ruth Wiseman Graduate Student Fellowship from the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit (KLARU) of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, awarded for technological initiatives to enhance the quality of care and life of the elderly
[2005] Specialize in design, user experience, and accessibility for the cognitively impaired
[2005] Cumulative GPA 4.00
[2003] Presented with Innovative Design Award from the Knowledge Media Design Institute for a photo annotation device
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
B.Sc., With Distinction
[1997 - 2002]

Computer Science Major and Cognitive Science Major
[2002] Academic Distinction Award
[1997] University Entrance Award and Scholarship

Extensive Experience Interviewing methodologies, prototyping, and ethnographic studies
Additional Experience Documentation, technical writing, software testing, and experiment design & analysis
Additional Knowledge Windows platforms, UNIX, various programming languages, and statistical packages
Production Experience Filming, editing, and DVD production
Additional Skills Strong interpersonal, communication, and technical skills

Cohene, T., Baecker, R., Marziali, E., ‘Designing Interactive Life Story Multimedia for a Family Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease,’ To appear in proceedings of CHI. Portland, 2005
Cohene, T., Baecker, R., Marziali, E., ‘The Design of Personalized Multimedia Biographies for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease’, Workshop Paper for Home Technologies to Keep Elders Connected, CHI. Vienna, 2004

Research Assistant
University of Toronto & Baycrest Centre for
Geriatric Care
Toronto, Canada
[05/2004 - Present]

Thesis on creating interactive multimedia life stories for families affected by Alzheimer’s Disease
Conducted studies at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care on psychosocial assistive technology for cognition, elderly computer use, and technology for support groups
Research initiatives are designed to enhance the quality of care and life of the elderly
Additional research on adaptive technology, personalization, requirements engineering, and knowledge media
Usability Research and Consulting
Knowledge Media and Design Institute
Toronto, Canada
[12/2003 - Present]

Research the usability of interactive webcasting media
Manage designs to enhance user experience of interactive webcasting media
Design and prototype strategic interactive webcasting features
Generate and present usability reports, organize structured plan for implementations
Collaborate with a range of professionals and researchers
Teaching Assistant
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
[09/2003 - Present]

Teaching assistant for computer science undergraduate course “The Design of Interactive Media”
Give lectures, tutorials, consultations, grade reports and exams
Research Facilitator & Consultant
Freelance Work
Toronto, Canada
[04/2004 - 06/2004]

Create and administer project plan for the Initiative for a New Economy (INE) project at the Knowledge Society Network (KSN)
Provided consultations, presentations, and directions for researchers and co-investigators
Contributed research documents on 'Learning Communities' and directions for their sustainability
Application Engineer
Cimmetry Systems Inc.
St. Laurent, Quebec
[06/2002 - 07/2003]

Managed visualization and collaboration software solutions for the architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and electronics markets
Assisted customers with application integrations with document management systems (DM) and product management systems (PM), using software knowledge and experience at the API level
Conducted multi-departmental tasks including on and off-site presentations, training, technical support, QA, technical writing, and trade show representation
Evaluated software usability and lead innovative design strategies
Data Analyst
Electronic Data Resource Services (EDRS)
McGill University Libraries
Montreal, Quebec
[05/2001 - 05/2002]

Provided electronic statistical data via web to students and faculty
Designed and created webpages to support user needs for data formatting within commercial applications

References Available Upon Request