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. 


  • Ph.D., Interactive Arts and Technology (Interaction Design), Simon Fraser University, 2015
  • M.Sc., Product Service System Design, Politecnico di Milano, 2009
  • M.A., Visual Communication, Tehran University of Art, 2006
  • B.A., Graphic design (with high distinction), Soore University, 2003



  • Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Design, Georgia Institute of Technology, Jan. 2019 – Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Computer Science and Design for People, University of British Columbia, Aug. 2017 – Dec. 2018
  • Lecturer, Fraser International College (FIC), Simon Fraser University, Sep. 2016 – Dec 2018.
  • Sessional Lecturer, School of Interactive Arts and technology, Simon Fraser University, May – Aug 2016/2017


Courses Taught

  • ID 8803 - Intro ID Thesis Studies
  • ID 8803 - Wearables Tech for Wellness
  • ID 4833 - Collaborative Studio
  • ID 3052 - Interactive ID Studio 2
  • ID 3320 - Design Methods