Sid Fels

Professor, Human Communication Technologies Laboratory, Lead
BASc (Waterloo), MSc, PhD (Toronto)

Office: KAIS 4049
Phone: (604) 822-5338
Fax: (604) 822-5949




Sid Fels has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC since 1998. Dr. Fels received his PhD and MSc in computer science at the University of Toronto in 1994 and 1990 respectively and his BASc in electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1988. He was recognized as a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC in 2004. He was a visiting researcher at ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan from 1996 to 1997.

Dr. Fels previously worked at Virtual Technologies Inc. in Palo Alto, CA. He is internationally known for his work in human-computer interaction, 3D displays, biomechanical modeling, neural networks, intelligent agents, new interfaces for musical expression and interactive arts. His lab website is at Dr. Fels was also the director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at UBC from 2001 to 2012.

Research Interests

Human computer interaction, human 3D biomechanical modeling, speech synthesis, medical applications of modeling, computer vision, interactive arts and music.

Research Areas

Research Groups


  • ELEC 493 – Nanotechnology and Microsystems Capstone Design Project
  • CPEN 441 – Human Computer Interfaces in Engineering Design
  • CPEN 491 – Computer Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • CPEN 492 – Software Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • ELEC 494 – Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • ELEC 491 – Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • ELEC 492 – Electrical Energy Systems Capstone Design Project
  • CPEN 541 – Human Interface Technologies

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