UX And Usability Engineering

Aleksei Chistiakov Ph.D. 1

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Abstract. I am a User Experience (UX) and Virtual Reality (VR) specialist, holding a Computer Science Ph.D. awarded in 2018 for research in Human-Computer Interaction. A problem solver with over a decade of working experience and over five years in the academic research. In my work, I fuse creative and scientific approaches to impact the performance of products and services I am engaged with.
Keywords. usability, user experience, user research, experimental design, virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D

1. Biography

1.1. Early Stages

Born in Moscow (Russia) in 1982, I started to work as a web-designer almost immediately after I have graduated from the Vologda State University, where I was awarded a Biomedical Engineering B.Sc. degree back in 2005. Working as a junior designer I have changed a number of web-studios in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow before I got my first senior position in one of the biggest Russian media holdings in 2009. A year later I was hired by one of the largest Microsoft partners in Russia and worked there for another 4 years.

1.2. Higher Education

Further, in 2012, I enrolled in an M.Sc. degree in Multimedia Ambient Intelligence at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and successfully finished it. The work behind the master thesis resulted in two published papers. Following this success, in 2013 I was offered a Ph.D. position at the Department of Computer Science which I gladly accepted.

1.2. Recent Developments

As a part of my scholarship, I was assigned to work for one of the start-ups allocated at the university’s campus, where I took the role of a senior UX designer and UI developer. Three years later, following the bankruptcy of the start-up company, I was offered a UX and VR Specialist position at TeamCMP - a VR content production and distribution company located in Barcelona (Spain). Having experience working with 3D display interfaces, I was put in charge of the company's R&D and UX design.

Please read full employment history on my LinkedIn profile.

2. Education

Computer Science Ph.D.

Computer Science Department. Autonomous University of Barcelona. (Barcelona, Spain)

Research work aimed at understanding of problematics of user interaction with stereoscopic display interfaces in the Web context. The Ph.D. Thesis titled “3D Display Interfaces In Web Applications: Development And Performance Evaluation” was successfully defended in November 2018 cum laude. Throughout the course of the work, several contributions were made for a full list of publication please refer here.

Multimedia Ambient Intelligence M.Sc.

Computer Science Department. Autonomous University of Barcelona. (Barcelona, Spain)

A one year master degree aimed at development of better understanding of human-computer interaction and user experience design practices. As a Thesis project, a 2D-to-3D display interface conversion algorithm was designed, along with a prototype of a tool to achiever the conversion. During the work on the Thesis, 1 journal and 2 conference papers describing the algorithm, the tool, and the results of user study were published.

Biomedical Engineering B.Sc.

Engineering Department. Vologda State University. (Vologda, Russia)

My first degree. It has little to do with my current specialisation, but it helped me to form an engineering approach to problems solving, access and process information in the most efficient ways.

NN/g UX Certificate

Nielsen Norman Group

The NN/g UX Certification Program offers a flexible, exam-based credential which has helped thousands of professionals build skills, gain credibility, and win projects and opportunities.

4. Recommendations

A take-charge person who is able to effectively develop a research project. He is perfectly capable of working under pressure, always achieving outstanding quality in his work.

María T. Soto-Sanfiel

Associate Professor in Universitát Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)
Reviewed as a PhD Student.

Alexey is a very talented, skilled and professional UI designer. He has done some great works with us and his research on 3D UI's is really promising.

Juan Maria Sanchez

Co-founder in Aitech, Barcelona (Spain).
Reviewed as a Senior UX Designer.

One of most talented designer i've ever worked with.

Vladimir Yakushin

Head of Design and Development at Lextre, Moscow (Russia).
Reviewed as a Senior UX Designer.

5. Publications

Bringing the web closer: Stereoscopic 3D web conversion

A Chistyakov, D González-Zúñiga, J Carrabina

Latin American Conference on Human Computer Interaction, 22-25

Re-defining a Pattern: Stereoscopic Web Perception

DG Zuniga, A Chistyakov, J Carrabina

IEEE Latin America Transactions 12 (3), 514-519

Breaking the pattern: Study on stereoscopic web perception

D González-Zúñiga, A Chistyakov, P Orero, J Carrabina

Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence. Context-Awareness and Context-Driven Interaction

Objective learnability estimation of software systems

A Chistyakov, MT Soto-Sanfiel, E Martí, T Igarashi, J Carrabina

International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence

An HTML tool for production of interactive stereoscopic compositions

A Chistyakov, MT Soto-Sanfiel, J Carrabina

Journal of medical systems 40 (12), 265

3D Display Interfaces In E-Commerce Web Applications: An Exploratory Study

A Chistyakov, MT Soto-Sanfiel, T Igarashi, D Sakamoto, J Carrabina

El profesional de la información 27 (5), 1699-2407