Hi, I am


I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, but I am fortunate enough to have found myself a second home here in Austria. I am currently working on using smart textiles to augment prosthetics, and have now completed my Master’s degree in Interactive Media. The Media Interaction lab represents to me a dream workplace – it’s colourful, creative, and brimming with inspiration.  I’ve always been interested in channeling creativity into making new things that can be helpful or fun for people to use, and I’ve found a place where I can focus on doing just that!

Me in Numbers

Visual Arts & Design 0 %

Brainstorming & Ideation 0 %

Arduino 0 %

Making Puns 0 %

Tea-lover 0 %

Night owl 0 %

Love of durians 0 %

Love of Raw Onions 0 %


Interactive Media

10/2014 – 10/2016
Master of Science in Engineering
University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria, Austria
Graduated with Highest Distinction

Systems Design Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Dean’s Honour List


01/2013 – 05/2013
International Exchange Student
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Work Experience

Media Interaction Lab

10/2014 – present
Research Associate
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg, Austria

Collaborative Systems Lab

09/2013 – 01/2014
Research Assistant
Waterloo, Ontario


08/2012 – 12/2012
UI/UX Information Architect
Miami Florida

Sony Network Entertainment

01/2012 – 04/2012
UI/UX Designer
Waterloo Ontario

Exclaim! Media

05/2011 – 08/2011
Web and Systems Assistant Developer
Toronto, Ontario


Best Paper, TEI 2017

CHI 2016 SV T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

CHI 2016 May 7 – 12 in San Jose, CA, USA.

Medal for Co-operative Work Term Proficiency

Sandford Fleming Foundation:
For overall outstanding performance in both the work-term experience and the academic program of Co-operative Engineering education. (2014)


LEIF Canada-EU Exchange Award: Awarded to research students within the Transatlantic Exchange Partnership Project for interactive surface computing systems (2013)

W. King Exchange Fellowship Award

Awarded to an undergrad Engineering student who is a participant of the overseas academic exchange program, and has been on the Dean’s Honour List prior to the exchange term. (2012)

Sandford Fleming Award

received for an outstanding technical report (2011)


StretchEBand: Enabling Fabric-based Interactions through Rapid Fabrication of Textile Stretch Sensors

A. Vogl, P. Parzer, T. Babic, J. Leong, A. Olwal, and M. Haller, 2017. In Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2017, pp. 2617-2627.

What a Life! Building a Framework For Constructive Assemblies

J. Leong, F. Perteneder, H. Jetter, and M. Haller, 2017. In TEI’17: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Yokohama, Japan, 2017, pp. 57-66.

ProCover: Sensory Augmentation Of Prosthetic Limbs Using Smart Textile Covers

J. Leong, P. Parzer, F. Perteneder, T. Babic, C. Rendl, A. Vogl, H. Egger, A. Olwal, and M. Haller, 2016. In UIST16: 29th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, 2016, pp. 335-346.

Glowworms And Fireflies: Ambient Light On Large Interactive Surfaces

F. Perteneder, E. Grossauer, J. Leong, W. Stuerzlinger, and M. Haller, 2016. In Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA, 2016.

CLuster: Smart Clustering Of Freehand Sketches On Large Interactive Surfaces

F. Perteneder, M. Bresler, E. Grossauer, J. Leong, and M. Haller, 2015. In UIST15: 28th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 2015, pp. 37-46.

Using Grid Visualization To Organize Visual Data

Y. Xu, F. Perteneder, J. Leong, E. Schwaiger, and M. Haller, 2014. In Proceedings of the Second International Symposium of Chinese CHI, New York, NY, USA, 2014, pp. 50-56.

My Projects

  • cLuster



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