Agnes Lisowska - Abbreviated CV

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PhD, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
Thesis title: Multimodal Interface Design for Multimodal Meeting Content Retrieval. Completed within the Multilingual Information Processing Department, School of Translation and Interpretation. Successfully defended in September 2007.


MSc, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
MSc in Artificial Intelligence, specialising in natural language processing. Thesis title: The Design and Implementation of an Architecture for using Comparisons in the M-PIRO domain. Completed within the Division of Informatics.


Honours BSc, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Honours BSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence with an additional major in Linguistics.

   Work Experience


Researcher, Multilingual Information Processing Department, School of Translation and Interpretation, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
(2008) Involved in interface and interaction design for the MedSLT system, a speech-to-speech translation system for the medical domain (for both desktop and mobile platforms). Also performing a heuristic evaluation of the Regulus graphical user interface.

(2003-2007) Worked in the Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2) project, an ongoing Swiss National Science Foundation project in the field of Human-computer Interaction. I was part of a small team that designed, implemented and evaluated a multimodal dialogue-driven system for multimedia meeting data browsing and retrieval called Archivus. Responsibilities included heavy involvement in the user requirements gathering and analysis, design specification and user-centered evaluation stages of the application development lifecycle.

(2003-2005) Worked in the Parmenides project, a European Union project concerning ‘Ontology driven temporal text mining on organizational data for extracting temporal valid knowledge’. Our role in this project was user-oriented system evaluation. My responsibilities involved helping to determine an evaluation plan and appropriate evaluation metrics for the system under development.


Information Developer, IBM Toronto Lab, Toronto, Canada.
Assisted in writing and structuring information for VisualAge for Java Enterprise Edition Enterprise Access Builder software. Co-authored a technical article, Working with the New ERP Connectors Available in VisualAge for Java.


Research Assistant, Computational Linguistics Department, University of Toronto, Canada.
Assisted a Ph.D. candidate with transcription of video data involving multimodal communication.

1996, 1998-2000

Graphical User Interface Designer, Futurecom Systems Group, Toronto, Canada.
Completed a GUI to assist an operator in monitoring the flow of information in a wireless communication system. Responsibilities involved transferring schematic diagrams and 2-dimensional representations of physical components of the system into the GUI. Consulted with clients to ensure that all of their specifications were met. (Summer job)


Student Intern, Microcomputer Applications Program, Bloorview MacMillan Centre (now Bloorview Kids Rehab), Toronto, Canada.
Contributed to the creation of the WiViK Software website ( Main responsibilities centered on writing product and research summaries. Also worked on the development of word-prediction dictionaries catering to specific age groups. These dictionaries were then used in KeyRep software, which facilitates word-processing for children with physical disabilities.

   Additional Training in UI Design and Usability Engineering

   I have attended the following courses given at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

    Computer Experience

          Languages: basic Java, HTML, some experience with C++, Lisp, Prolog
          Environments: Windows 95/98/2000/XP, Apple OS X
          Other: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Instant Messaging Applications

    Language Skills

          Fluent English (native language), near-fluent French, advanced Polish, and basic German.

   Other Activities