Leila Aflatoony

Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Design

Leila Aflatoony is an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests lie in the fields of interaction design (IxD), human-computer interaction (HCI) design, and user experience (UX). As a design-oriented HCI researcher, she employs design approaches (e.g. human-centered design), design methods (e.g. participatory design), and emerging technologies (e.g. Augmented Reality, 3D printing) to address critical challenges in various areas of application such as healthcare and education.

Before joining the Georgia Tech, Leila was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Computer Science at University of British Columbia, where she developed, co-taught, and evaluated graduate level courses for Designing for People (DFP), an innovative cross-disciplinary graduate training and research program focusing on human-centered interactive computational technologies. She received her Ph.D. in Interaction Design from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to that, she studied Product and Service System Design at Polytechnic University of Milan. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University: Interactive Arts and Technology (September 2009 - August 2015)
    • http://www.sfu.ca/siat.html
    • Dissertation: Development, implementation, and evaluation of an interaction design-thinking course in the context of secondary education.
  • Master of Science, Politecnico di Milano: Product Service System Design (October 2006-July 2009)
    • http://www.pssd.polimi.it
    • Thesis: Punto Play: Designing an accessible playground for the city of Milan.
  • Master of Arts, Tehran University of Art: Visual Communication (September 2003-September 2006)
    • Thesis: Exploring origami techniques in paper packaging.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Soore University of Art (with high distinction): Graphic design (February 1998-February 2003)