William Delamare


  1. Keywords
  2. Distant interaction
  3. Guidance
  4. Gesture
  5. Pointing
  6. Gaze

Current position:
Assistant Professor (Enseignant-Chercheur) at ESTIA, Institute of Technology, in Bidart, France

Past Positions

Postdoctoral fellow (2017-2019, 23 months)

Center for Human-Engaged Computing

Kochi University of Technology, Japan

Advisor: Pr. Xiangshi REN

Postdoctoral fellow (2016 - 2017, 18 months)

Human-Computer Interaction Lab

University of Manitoba, Canada

Advisor: Pr. Pourang IRANI

PhD student (2013 - 2015)

The Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Lab

Grenoble Informatics Laboratory, France

Advisor: Pr. Laurence NIGAY

Co-advisor: Dr. Céline COUTRIX

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how users perform with a particular interaction technique. More specifically, I like exploring design spaces to analyze the underlying effects of their design options. I am applying this methodology to gesture and gaze interaction inputs.

The knowledge gathered by the design exploration leads to novel interaction techniques. I like to think that these new techniques contribute to a step forward toward the actual use of gesture and gaze interaction in our everyday life to interact with the increasing number of augmented physical objects and their services.


Assistant Professor (Enseignant-Chercheur)

Since October 2019, I joined ESTIA, in Bidart, France (where is Bidart?). I joined the institute to teach computer science classes and continue my research regarding novel interaction techniques. I am currently focusing on gesture and gaze interaction in smart environments.


From October 2017 to September 2019, I was a postdoc fellow in the Center for Uman-Engaged Computing in Kochi University of Technology (where is Kochi?), in Japan. I was able to join prof. Ren's team thanks to a postdoc scholarship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Before that, between January 2016 and October 2017, I was a postdoc fellow in the HCI Lab of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (Where is Winnipeg?) under the supervision of Pr. Pourang Irani. This postdoc position gave me the opportunity to work with new collaborators and to supervise students. I had the opportunity to work on various topics such as touch selection techniques on new input devices and gaze interaction. Some projects are still running.

PhD thesis

Between 2011 and 2015, I was a PhD student in the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction team (EHCI), from the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG). My thesis was supervised by Céline Coutrix and Laurence Nigay. My thesis concerned the interaction at a distance with augmented physical objects in smart environments. This thesis was part of the Delight project, involving a dozen of industrial and academic collaborators lead by Schneider Electric.


Before being part of the HCI research community, I graduated from the computer science engineering school ENSIMAG, Grenoble, France. I then worked for the Xerox Research Center Europe (XRCE) showroom team in order to develop multitouch applications that use technologies from the XRCE.


December, 2019
Joined the HCI French Association (adj. secretary)
October, 2019
Joined ESTIA, Institute of Technology, as an Assistant Professor, France
October, 2019
Presentation of a long paper at MobileHCI 2019, Taipei, Taiwan
May, 2019
Presentation of a long paper at CHI 2019, and participation to the Asian CHI Symposium, Glasgow, UK
April, 2018
Visiting Montreal for a long paper at CHI 2018, Montreal, Canada
October, 2017
Beginning postdoc in the CHEC, at Kochi University of Technology, Japan
September, 2017
Presentation of a long paper at MobileHCI 2017, Vienna, Austria
May, 2017
Participation to the Ubiquitous Text-Entry workshop at CHI 2017, Denver, US
March, 2017
JPSP Postdoctoral Fellowship award (10.2% selection ratio)
June, 2016
Presentation of a long paper at AVI 2016, Bari, Italy
February, 2016
Qualification Approval
January, 2016
Beginning postdoc in the HCI lab of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
November, 2015
PhD defense
August, 2015
Visit of the Center for Human-engaged Computing (CHEC), Kochi, Japan
June, 2015
Presentation of a long paper and a demonstration paper at EICS 2015, Duisburg, Germany