Norman (Norm) Vinson

Roles and responsibilities

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher.

Current research and/or projects

Practical application of HCI to a variety of areas: AI, epidemiology, e-learning, software engineering, ethics and privacy, and conducting HCI research in AR and VR.

Research and/or project statements

  • Project lead for the development of several e-learning proofs of concepts and demos based on NRC technology (2017-2018)
  • Application of user centered design to syndromic surveillance, including the development of two deployed syndromic surveillance systems (2007-2012)
  • Research Ethics in empirical software engineering research (1999-2008)


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology                    1995
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, M.A. in Psychology                                      1989
  • McGill University, Montreal, B.Sc. Honours in Psychology                                         1987


  • OCRI (Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation) Health Innovation Award in 2011 for ILI Watch multi-centre project.
  • CASCON First Decade High Impact Paper Award, 2010 (for An Examination of Software Engineering Work Practices)

Key publications

  • Singer, J., Lethbridge, T., Vinson, N., & Anquetil, N. (2010). An examination of software engineering work practices. In CASCON First Decade High Impact Papers - CASCON ’10 (pp. 174–188). Toronto, Canada: ACM Press. Reprint of Singer, J., Lethbridge, T., Vinson, N., Anquetil, N. (1997). An examination of software engineering work practices. In Proceedings of CASCON ’97, pp. 209-223, November 10-13, 1997, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Singer, J., & Vinson, N. G. (2002). Ethical issues in empirical studies of software engineering. IEEE Transactions on Software, 28(12), 1171–1180.
  • Vinson, N. G. (1999). Design Guidelines for Landmarks to Support Navigation in Virtual Environments. In CHI ’99 Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 278–285).

Previous work experience



Research Officer             

Human-Computer Interaction Team



UI designer and Software Development Project Manager


Fit Minds            

Director of Science and Technology



Research Officer             

Interaction with Modelled Environments and Interactive Information Teams     


Nortel Networks

Interaction Designer                      

Norman (Norm) Vinson

Associate Research Officer
Digital Technologies
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Other(s): French
Telephone: 613-993-0154


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