Ryo Suzuki | University of Calgary Assistant Professor

Ryo Suzuki
University of Calgary, Assistant Professor in Computer Science

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Computer Science, starting in Fall 2020. I am part of HCI Group at UCalgary.

I am actively looking for PhDs, masters, postdocs, or interns, who are interested in joining or collaborating with us, across disciplines (e.g., Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Architectural Design, and Computer Science). If you are interested, please feel free to send me an email. We could start from some possible collaborative projects. :)

My research interest lies on the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Robotics. During my PhD, I have developed novel shape-changing interfaces that leverage swarm and soft robots at various scales (i.e., from mm- to m-scale). My research explores how we can make the physical environment more adaptive with context-aware swarm robotic assistant that can be embedded into our everyday life.

Previously, I was a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, advised by Daniel Leithinger and Mark D. Gross in THING Lab and Human-Computer Interaction Group

PhD Dissertation

Full Papers

RoomShiftCHI 2020

Room-scale Dynamic Haptics for VR with Furniture-moving Swarm Robots

Ryo Suzuki, Hooman Hedayati, Clement Zheng, James Bohn, Daniel Szafir, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Mark D Gross, Daniel Leithinger  

ShapeBotsUIST 2019

Shape-changing Swarm Robots

Ryo Suzuki, Clement Zheng, Yasuaki Kakehi, Tom Yeh, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Mark D. Gross, Daniel Leithinger  

MorphIODIS 2019Best Paper Award

Entirely Soft Sensing and Actuation Modules for Programming Shape Changes through Tangible Interaction

Ryosuke Nakayama*, Ryo Suzuki*, Satoshi Nakamaru, Ryuma Niiyama, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuaki Kakehi   (the first two authors equally contributed)

DynablockUIST 2018

Dynamic 3D Printing for Instant and Reconstructable Shape Formation

Ryo Suzuki, Junichi Yamaoka, Daniel Leithinger, Tom Yeh, Mark D. Gross, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuaki Kakehi  

TraceDiffVL/HCC 2017

Debugging Unexpected Code Behavior Using Trace Divergences

Ryo Suzuki, Gustavo Soares, Andrew Head, Elena Glassman, Ruan Reis, Melina Mongiovi, Loris D’Antoni, Bjöern Hartmann  

Mixed-Initiative Code FeedbackL@S 2017

Writing Reusable Code Feedback at Scale with Mixed-Initiative Program Synthesis

Andrew Head, Elena Glassman, Gustavo Soares, Ryo Suzuki, Lucas Figueredo, Loris D’Antoni, Björn Hartmann   (the first three authors equally contributed)

RefazerICSE 2017

Learning Syntactic Program Transformations from Examples

Reudismam Rolim, Gustavo Soares, Loris D'Antoni, Oleksandr Polozov, Sumit Gulwani, Rohit Gheyi, Ryo Suzuki, Björn Hartmann  

AtelierCHI 2016

Repurposing Expert Crowdsourcing Tasks as Micro-internships

Ryo Suzuki, Niloufar Salehi, Michelle S. Lam, Juan C. Marroquin, Michael S. Bernstein  

Posters and Demos

[UIST '19 Doctoral Consortium]
Collective Shape-changing Interfaces
Ryo Suzuki,, Adjunct Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST '19 Doctoral Consortium). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2951--2958.
[UIST '19 Adjunct]
LiftTiles: Modular and Reconfigurable Room-scale Shape Displays through Retractable Inflatable Actuators
Ryo Suzuki, Ryosuke Nakayama, Dan Liu, Yasuaki Kakehi, Mark D. Gross, and Daniel Leithinger,, Adjunct Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST '19 Adjunct). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2951--2958.
[CHI EA '17]
Exploring the Design Space of Automatically Synthesized Hints for Introductory Programming Assignments
Ryo Suzuki, Gustavo Soares, Elena Glassman, Andrew Head, Loris D'Antoni, and Bjoern Hartmann,, Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2951--2958.
[UIST '15 Adjunct]
Daemo: A Self-Governed Crowdsourcing Marketplace
Stanford Crowd Research Collective, Adjunct Proceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST '15 Adjunct). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 101--102.
[CHI '15 Workshop]
Toward a Community Enhanced Programming Education
Ryo Suzuki,, ACM CHI 2015 Symposium on Emerging Japanese HCI Research Collection (CHI '15 Workshop). ACM, New York, NY, USA, .
[ICSE '15 Poster]
Interactive and Collaborative Source Code Annotation
Ryo Suzuki,, Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Software Engineering - Volume 2 (ICSE '15 Poster). IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ, USA, 799--800.
[WINE '14 Poster]
Network Thresholds and Multiple Equilibria in the Diffusion of Content-Based Platforms
Ryo Suzuki,, International Conference on Web and Internet Economics (WINE '14 Poster). Springer, New York, NY, USA, .

Selected Press Coverage

Professional Activities

Program Committee: TEI 2021

Organizer: CHI 2021 (Social Media Chair), UIST 2016 (Web and Social Media Chair),

Review: CHI 2016--2020, UIST 2017--2019, SCF 2019, SIGGRAPH ETech 2019, IEEE VR 2020, GI 2020

Student Volunteer: UIST 2016, CHI 2017

Funding and Fellowship


Innovation Research Funding - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan, 2020 (Title: Adaptive Physical Environments with Distributed Swarm Robots. , $30,000)

Adobe Gift Funding, 2019 ($5,000)

ACT-I Funding for Young Scholars - JST, 2018 (Title: Dynamic Physical Interfaces, $30,000 and Mentorship Opportunity - My mentor: Takeo Igarashi)

Emerging Research Funding for AI and Interdisciplinary Research - Leave a Nest Foundation, 2018 (Title: Programmable Architecture with Soft Inflatable Actuator, $5,000

KAKENHI Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research - JSPS, 2013-2015 (Title: Network-based Diffusion Analysis for Online Community, $40,000)


CU Boulder Travel Grant, 2015-2020 ($500-$1,200 for each conference travel)

Nakajima Foundation Scholarship, 2015-2020 ($120,000 stipend for 5 years and 2 years tuition coverage)

JSPS Research Fellow DC1, 2013 ($72,000 stipend for 2 years)

JASSO Fellow, 2013 (Total Exemption for Outstanding Students - $20,000 stipend for 2 years)

Tohso Fellowship, 2010 ($3,600)

Current Affiliation

University of Calgary

Assistant Professor

August, 2020 --- Current

Previous Affiliation

CU Boulder
August, 2015 --- August, 2020
Microsoft Research
May, 2020 --- August, 2020
May, 2019 --- August, 2019
University of Tokyo
December, 2017 --- October, 2018
UC Berkeley

Research Intern

May, 2016 --- August, 2016
Stanford University

Research Intern

May, 2015 --- August, 2015
University of Tokyo

Research Assistant

October, 2014 --- May, 2015

Research Intern

December, 2014 --- March, 2015

Recent Updates


Our UIST paper won 🏆 Honorable Mention Awarad.


Joining the University of Calgary as an Assisatnat Professor in CS and HCI Group starting in Fall 2020.


PhD Dissertation is submitted and officially graduated! :)


One IROS 2020 full-paper is accepted (47%).


One UIST 2020 full-paper is accepted (21%).


Start intern at Microsoft Research (mentor: Mar Gonzalez Franco).


PhD Defense ... and Passed! :) (committee: D Leithinger, M Gross, T Yeh, H Ishii, T Igarashi)


Traveling for on-site job interviews (UW, UCSB, Boston, Virginia Tech, Calgary)


One CHI 2020 full-paper is accepted (24%).


Traveling to Boston to visit MIT CSAIL and Media Lab


Traveling to New Orleans for UIST 2019


Became a PhD candidate (committee: D Leithinger, M Gross, T Yeh, H Ishii, T Igarashi, E Do)


One TEI 2020 full-paper is accepted (28%).


One UIST 2019 poster and and doctoral consortium paper are accepted.


One UIST 2019 full-paper is accepted (24%).


Won Best Paper Award for DIS 2019 (Top 1%).


Start intern at Adobe Research (mentor: Rubaiat Habib).


One DIS 2019 full-paper is accepted (25%).


Award JST ACT-I funding (mentor Takeo Igarashi).


One UIST 2018 full-paper is accepted (21%).


One Pacific Graphics 2018 short-paper is accepted (26%).


Start intern at The University of Tokyo (mentor: Yasuaki Kakehi).


Two CHI 2018 full-papers are accepted (25%).


One VL/HCC 2017 full-paper are accepted (29%).


One ASSETS 2017 full-paper are accepted (26%).


One CHI 2017 LBW paper is accepted (38%).


One L@S 2017 full paper is accepted (22%).


One ICSE 2017 full-paper is accepted (19%).


Start intern at UC Berkeley (mentor: Bjoern Hartmann).


One CHI 2016 full-paper is accepted (23%).


I will serve as a web and social media chair for UIST 2016


Start intern at Stanford (mentor: Michael Bernstein).


The very first day of starting my HCI research (mentor: Koji Yatani)