Curriculum Vitæ

Education

Doctor Philosophiæ, 2008 – 2016
Computer Science – Human-Computer Interaction
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Dissertation topic:Improving Command Selection in Smart Environments by Exploiting Spatial Constancy
Supervisor:Dr. Carl Gutwin
Diplom (TU), 2001 – 2008
Computer Science (major) & Business Administration (minor)
Darmstadt University of Technology
Darmstadt, Germany
Dissertation topic:Implementation and Evaluation of Novel Metaphors for Interaction in Ambient-Intelligent Environments
Supervisor:Dr. Dieter Fellner

Teaching Experience

Lecturer

Cheriton School of Computer Science / University of Waterloo

Course topic:Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction (CS 136)
Course level:Undergraduate (1st-year)
Terms taught:Winter 19, Winter 20, Spring 20, Fall 20, Winter 21
Spring 21, Fall 21, Winter 22, Spring 23, Fall 23, Winter 24
Course topic:User Interfaces (CS 349)
Course level:Undergraduate (3rd-year)
Terms taught:Winter 22, Fall 22, Winter 23, (Winter 25)
Course topic:Designing Functional Programs (CS 135)
Course level:Undergraduate (1st-year)
Terms taught:Fall 18, Fall 19, (Fall 24)

Sessional Instructor

Dept. of Management Sciences / University of Waterloo, 2017/18
Course topic:Introduction to Computer Programming (MSci 121)
Course level:Undergraduate (1st-year)
Dept. of Management Sciences / University of Waterloo, 2016/17
Course topic:Human-Computer Interaction (MSci 343)
Course level:Undergraduate (3rd-year)
Dept. of Computer Science / University of Saskatchewan, 2015/16
Course topic:Human-Computer Interaction (CMPT481/811)
Course level:Undergraduate (4th-year), Graduate
Dept. of Computer Science / University of Saskatchewan, 2014/15
Course topic:Design and Construction of Games and Interactive Systems (CMPT106)
Course level:Undergraduate (1st-year)

Professional Experience

Student Advisor – BBA/BCS Double Degree, since 2020
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo & Wilfried-Laurier University
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Student Advisor – General Computer Science, 2018 – 2020
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, 2016 – 2018
Department of Management Science, The Games Institute
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Research Assistant, Jul 2015 – Dec 2015
the interaction lab
University of Saskatchewan & Experience First Design
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Research Assistant, Jun 2006 – May 2008
Department of Interactive Multimedia Appliances
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research
Darmstadt, Germany
Research Assistant, May 2005 – Sep 2005
the interaction lab
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Volunteering Experience

Academic Reviewing

Graphics InterfacesArea Chair2020, 2021
ACM CHI PLAY 2019Area Chair2019
ACM CSCW 2018Area Chair2018
ACM CHI 2018Area Chair2018
ACM SUI 201Area Chair2017
NSERC GRAND NCE 2014Area Chair2014
NSERC GRAND NCE 2013Area Chair2013
ACM CHI, CHI PLAY, CSCW, ITS, and othersReviewersince 2006

Academic Volunteering

ACM CHI 2011, Vancouver, CanadaStudent Volunteer2011
ACM CHI 2009, Boston, USAStudent Volunteer2009
ACM CHI 2006, Montréal, CanadaStudent Volunteer2006

Teaching & Personal Development

Teaching Development

Teaching Excellence Academy, 2023
Centre for Teaching Excellence
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Topic:Redesigning User Interfaces (CS349) within the
Course Design Framework by Ellis, et. al.

Teaching Certifications

Teaching Development Seminar Series, 2017
Centre for Teaching Excellence
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada

Publications

Full Papers

Reetz, A., Valtchanov, D., Barnett-Cowan, M., Hancock, M., and Wallace, J. 2021. Nature vs. Stress: Investigating the Use of Biophilia in Non-Violent Exploration Games to Reduce Stress. In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5: CHI PLAY, 1 – 13. https://doi.org/10.1145/3474674
Tondello, G., Valtchanov, D., Reetz, A., Whebe, R., Orji, R., and Nacke, L. Towards a Trait Model of Video Game Preferences. In International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 34:8, 732–748. https://doi.org/10.1080/10447318.2018.1461765
Reetz, A. and Gutwin, C. Making big gestures: effects of gesture size on observability and identification for co-located group awareness. In Proceedings of the 32nd conference on Human factors in computing systems – CHI ’14. ACM Press, New York, NY, USA, 4087–4096. http://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557219
Genest, A., Gutwin, C., Reetz, A., Mandryk, R., Pinelle, D., and Doucette, A. Looking ahead: a comparison of page preview techniques for goal-directed web navigation. In Proceeding of the 12th conference on Human-Computer Interaction – Interact ’09. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, Germany, 378–391. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03655-2_42
Reetz, A., Gutwin, C., Stach, T., Nacenta, M., and Subramanian, S. Superflick: a natural and efficient technique for long-distance object placement on digital tables. In Proceedings of the 25th conference on Graphics Interfaces – GI ’06. Canadian Information Processing Society, 163–170. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1143079.1143106

Notes, Posters, and Contests

Reetz, A., Gutwin, C. Big gestures?: factors that influence gesture visibility. GRAND NCE annual workshop 2014, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Reetz, A., Gutwin, C. World pointing: improving natural pointing interaction with real-world landmarks. GRAND NCE annual workshop 2013, Montréal, QC, Canada
Doucette, A., Reetz, A. The Interaction Tweet. Student Innovation Contest of the 23rd annual ACM symposium on User Interface Software and Technology – UIST ’10. ACM Press, New York, NY, USA.

Theses

Reetz, A. Improving Command Selection in Smart Environments by Exploiting Spatial Constancy. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10388/ETD-2015-11-2389
Reetz, A. Implementation and Evaluation of Novel Metaphors for Interaction in Ambient-Intelligent Environments. Diplom Thesis, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, 2008.

Invited Academic Talks

Department of Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Jul 2023
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Jun 2018
Department of Applied Computer Science
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Mar 2018
Faculty of Information – iSchool
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Jan 2018
Faculty of Business & IT
Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON, Canada
Mar 2017
Department of Computer Science
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Nov 2014
The Games Institute
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Oct 2014
Natural Media & Engineering Group at HumTec
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Apr 2011