Tomás Dorta, Ph.D

associate professor
(514) 343-6111 ext. 5010 or (514) 340-4711 ext. 2207

Tomás Dorta studied architecture at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas (FAU, LTAD, UCV). He practiced as an architect in interior and architectural design offices in Caracas and, since 1993, continued in Montreal as he started his graduate studies at Université de Montréal. In his ten years of professional practice, he developed a wide experience, covering architectural, interior, and industrial design. His research interests include the design process and co-design using new technologies and the development of new techniques and devices of design in the virtual realm. He obtained his Master’s Degree (1994) and his Ph.D. (2001), studying the Impact of Virtual Reality as a Visualization tool into the Design process. His research has been published and presented in several international scientific conferences, including ICSID, ACADIA, CAADRIA, eCAADe, EuropIA, SIGraDi, CAADFutures, ICDC, IHM and SIGGRAPH as well as other scientific journals as Design Studies, International Journal of Design Sciences and Technologyand and International Journal of Architectural Computing. As a design educator, Tomás Dorta joined the School of Design of Université de Montréal in 1997 where he is now Associate Professor. He teaches Computer Graphics courses and Industrial design studios related to new technologies, design collaboration and bionics. He taught at the Department of Design Art of Concordia University from 2002 to 2004 as part time professor teaching Computer Graphics courses and Design Studies. Tomás Dorta is director of the Design research laboratory Hybridlab.




J.M. Christian Bastien, Ph.D

Université de Lorraine – Metz, Équipe PErSEUs (EA 7312) UFR Sciences Humaines et Arts, Metz (France)



Pierre Leclercq, Ph.D

Université de Liège, LUCID – Lab for User Cognition & Innovative


Yehuda E. Kalay, Ph.D

Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)


Carmelo Di Bartolo

Design Innovation, Milan, Italy



Stéphanie Cardoso, Ph.D

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Équipe MICA, Bordeaux, France



Jean-Marc Robert, Ph.D

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Département de mathématiques et genie industrielle, Montréal


Research affliate


Stéphane Safin, Ph.D

Université Paris 8, Equipe C3U – Conception, Création, Compétences, Usages Laboratoire Paragraphe EA 349


Research Associates


Gokce Kinayoglu, Ph.D

Gokce Kinayoglu holds a PhD in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral research has focused on soundscapes and the study of embodied multi-sensory environmental perception in real virtual and augmented environments. Prior to joining Hybridlab he has taught as an adjunct professor in Interior Architecture and Digital Media departments at Rhode Island School of Design. He is also the founder and creative director at Design Media Research Lab, a design and media consulting and development collaboration based in Montreal. He works as a post doctoral researcher and developer in Hybridlab, studying the influence of immersive and mobile interfaces, embodiment and multisensory interaction on design thinking and practice.



Michael Hoffmann, M.Sc.

Computer scientist

Michael Hoffmann is a design-thinking programmer and researcher. He holds his Master of Computer Science from Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (2005) together with a diploma from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (Germany), where he was engaged as a research assistant and developer on new concepts for human-computer interfaces and the authoring process of immersive 3D environments and virtual reality systems. He joined the Hybridlab in 2009 to contribute with his expertise. Michael Hoffmann has worked on Hyve-3D and it’s precedent Hybrid Ideation Space as the lead programmer.



Annemarie Lesage, Ph.D.

UX researcher

Annemarie Lesage has studied in fine arts (BFA from Concordia U., MFA from L.S.U.) and in graphic design (MGD from NC State) in Canada and United States. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the autotelic experience (auto-motivated optimal experience) as a new design approach to UX. She has been a part-time faculty at UdeM, school of design, UQÀM École de Design and at Concordia University’s Design and Computation Arts program, in Montreal.


Sana Boudhraâ, M.Sc.

Doctoral student

Sana Boudhraâ studied Industrial Design at The School of sciences and technologies of Design, University of Manouba in Tunisia (2004-2009). Sana developed an experience in professional practice, especially as a furniture designer then followed the path of research. She obtained her Master’s degree (2011) and practiced teaching as teacher assistant in the Design Product department of the same school (2012-2015). After an internships at Hybridlab (2014) she came back on autumn 2015 as Ph.D. student and research assistant at University of Montréal. Sana’s research focus on how co-design can innovate teaching and knowledge building in Design schools.


Davide Pierini, M.Ps.

Doctoral student

Davide Pierini has studied in Psychology (MPs) from University of Turin and in Neuropsychology (MPs) from University of LUMSA in Rome. His Ph.D. research focuses on the design experience and Human-Machine Interaction. He is a senior instructor at the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) and he is a research assistant and a PhD student at the University of Montreal.



Asma Alaya

Candidate for the Master in Design Complexity, Université de Montréal; topic: codesign in interior design practice

Past graduates and interns

Anne-Marie Hébert, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Edgar pérez, M.Sc.

Ph.D. candidate

Ignacio Calvo, M.Sc.

Master in Design and Complexity 2014

Sophie Poulain-Martin

Industrial Designer 2013

Ganesh Baron Aloir

Intern 2016 – Graphic design undergraduate (UQAM)

Isabelle Royer

Intern 2015 – Interior design undergraduate

Marina Lessard

Intern 2015 – Interior design undergraduate

Julien Tillez

Intern 2014 – Professional Master – Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Mélissa Charrier

Intern 2013 – Professional Master – Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Gabrielle Garcia

Intern 2013 – Professional Master – Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Olivier Plante

Master in Design and Complexity, 2011

Alberto Restrepo

Industrial Designer 2011

Stephanie Schaaf

Industrial Designer, 2009

Ludovic Mérogot

Master in Design and Complexity, 2008