Tomás Dorta, Ph.D

(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

Télécom ParisTech

i3 UMR 9217 – CNRS : Institut Interdisciplinaire de l’Innovation
Département SES – Sciences économiques et sociales

Research Associates


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.


Sana Boudhraâ, M.Sc.

Ph.D. candidate

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.

Ph.D. candidate

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.

Emmanuel Beaudry Marchand

Candidate for the Master in Design Complexity, Université de Montréal; topic: The impact of the immersive context on design cognition

Adèle Baugé

Intern 2018 – Master Student (École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nantes)

Nizar Haj Ayed

Intern 2018-2019 – PhD Student (UQAM)

Past graduates and interns

Camilo A. Angulo

Intern 2017 – PhD Student (Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia)

Julie Milovanovic

Intern 2017 – PhD Student (École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nantes)

Xueying Han

Intern 2016-2017 – PhD Student (Harbin Institut of Technology, Chine)

Asma Alaya, M.Sc.

Master in Design and Complexity 2017

Annemarie Lesage, Ph.D.

PhD Candidate 2015

Stéphane Safin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar 2012-2013

Gokçe Kinayoglu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar 2012-2014

Anne-Marie Hébert, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar 2012-2013

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)

Coline Droz

Intern 2015 – Professional Master – Université Bordeaux Montaigne

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