Hi. I'm Tamirat Abegaz.

I am a User Experience Researcher (UXR), Multimodal Apps Developer, Web Designer & Developer...

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About Tamirat Abegaz

Tamirat Abegaz has a PhD in Human-Centered Computing. He has several years of industry experience. His research involves design, develop, and evaluate applications that promote natural user interaction. As a researcher, he has explored and developed non traditional and emergent methods of user interactions which include the use of multi-modal interfaces, emotional design elements, and modelling of various culturally fitted personas using psychological and human factors principles. His most recent work revolves around emotional designs to improve web search experience for older adults. His research interests include but not limited to: user experience (UX) design, development, and evaluation, genetic engineering, and biometric systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), and a SIX Sigma Green Belt Certificated Professional. He is a member of human experience research lab (HXRL), HFES, ACM, and LabDaze. To know more about HXRL, please visit HXRL and LabDaze.

Values

Commitment * Dedication * Hard work * Hopefulness * Perseverance * Spirituality * Teamwork.

Goals

To design , build, and evaluate computational technologies that benefits the society.

Hobbies

Volunteering * Sports * Child care * Surfing the Web * Gardening * Listening * cogitating

Skills & Tools.

I possess a number of rapid prototype and visualization skills. I am also proficient in various statistical tools such as SPSS, JAMP, and SAS.

Prototyping tools

Qualtrics * Balsamiq * iPhone Mockup * Frame-box * Creative Suites * Visio *

DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Visual Studios * Eclipse * Creative Suites * HTM5 * Angualr JS * JQuery * Bootstrap * VXML * XML * CSS3 * C# * ASP.NET * Java * PHP *MySQL * SQL Server Database

RESEARCH METHODS

Remote User Testing * Cognitive Walkthrough * Wireframes * Storyboard * Card-sorting * Mindmaps * Personas * Prototypes * Contextual Inquiry * Heuristic Evaluation * Ethnography study * Focus Groups * Usability Testing

Here’s my Portfolio.

My portfolio includes user experience research, multi-modal interaction design and development, project management, and software engineering.

Design with Emotion: Improving Web Search Experience

Objective: To evaluate the impact of emotional design elements on search performance and user satisfaction.
Description: The research was conducted over a period of 3 years. 58 participants involved in two studies. The results indicated that integration of emotional design elements into search interfaces could potentially improve web search experience.
Role: UX Researcher
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Usability study of the ES&S Express Voting Machine

Objective: To evaluate the usability of the ExpressVote EVS5200 voting machine.
Description: The study was conducted over a period of 5 months. 68 participants participated and were able to cast their ballot successfully. Overall, the results indicated that the ExpressVote is a usable and accessible voting technology.
Role: Project Lead

Development of multi-modal voter-line management system

Objective: To resolve the issue of long voting lines and waiting times.
Description: VoterPass is a voter-line management tool designed to make voting more efficient. Voters will access VoterPass through multiple interfaces: web browsers, mobile phone applications, interactive voice response over a phone line.
Role: Project Lead for the Speech component

Design and Development of multi-modal virtual agents

Objective: To design, develop and evaluate multi-modal interfaces for consumer application for older adults
Description: The project conducted over a period of 3 years. The system was designed to meet the diverse needs and abilities of older users by employing agent technology and varying aspects of agent-user interaction. The research project was a collaboration between Clemson and Auburn Universities.
Role: Project Lead

Exploring the use of 2.5D for in-vehicle infotainment system

Objective: To explore the potential use of 2.5D user interactions and evaluate the impact of dimensionality on the usability of in-vehicle applications
Description: The project explored 2D and 2.5D user interaction for in-vehicle infotainment system with the objective to validate the claim that 2.5D enhance user experience by providing the impression of three-dimensional object-space on a two-dimensional surface.
Role: Project member

CEWS Continental Early Warning System

Objective: To develop early warning system to reduce/ avoid conflict for African countries.
Description: The purpose of the CEWS project is the provision of timely advice on potential conflicts and threats to peace and security counsel of AU member countries to enable the development of appropriate response strategies to prevent or limit the destructive effects of violent conflict.
Role: Lead Engineer

You may download Tamirat Abegaz's Curriculum Vita in pdf format.

Here’s my Resume.

CONTACT ME

Tamirat Abegaz

Researcher Assistant, Division of Human-Centered Computing

School of Computing, Clemson University

117 McAdams Hall,Clemson, SC, 29634-0974 USA

Email: ttabegaz@gmail.com

Phone: 1.336.5873538

Web: tamiat-abegaz.com


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