Dr. Ali Arya

Associate Professor, Associate Dean FGPA

Dr. Ali Arya

Associate Professor, Associate Dean FGPA

Ali Arya has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. With years of experience in the industry as a software engineer and project manager, and also research and teaching positions at various academic institutions, since 2006 Ali has been with the School of Information Technology, Carleton University, Canada, where he is an Associate Professor of Interactive Multimedia. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Technologies, Computer Games and Virtual Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics and Animation, and Digital Art. Ali’s research has been funded by National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and industrial partners. Ali was the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School and has played a key role in designing two new PhD and Master’s programs in Digital Media. He organizes a series of events and activities for his students such as the Global Game Jam, Creative Jam, and the Information Technology seminars. Ali is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACM, and on the editorial board and technical committees of various journals and conferences in the areas related to his research.

Research Areas

  • The role of personalization and user modeling in educational and health recommender systems
  • Technology-supported Reflection in Learning
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Systems for Education
  • 3D Virtual Environments for Education
  • Wearables
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Animation

Research Topics

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Game Design, Development, & Interactions
  • Wearables
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality
  • Animation, Virtual Environments, and Simulation
  • Educational Technologies


  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Computer Games Technology, since 2013

Technical Program Committees

  • IEEE Virtual Reality (VR), since 2017
  • IEEE AIVR, 2018
  • ACM Spatial User Interfaces (SUI), since 2016
  • International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events, since 2016
  • International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications, since 2013

Undergraduate Courses

  • IMD3006 Software Design for Multimedia Applications (3rd Year, Winter Term)