Michael is a Principal Software Developer and UI Designer for the Research Transfer team at Autodesk Research. He is interested in applying his user interface design, rapid-prototyping, and programming skills in developing innovative and easy-to-use products in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Michael has over 23 years of User Interface experience in various companies. He has designed and shipped Digital Video Recorders for TiVo and TGC, digital SLR camera software and firmware for Foveon & Sigma, websites for Levis and Timberland, and QuickTime Virtual Reality software for Apple Computer. Michael also has done user interface research and prototypes in the areas of 3D, multi-modal input, pen input, language localization, and information management.
Michael received a B.A.Sc in Engineering Science in 1985 and a M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering/Human-Computer Interaction in 1988, both from University of Toronto. His Master dissertation on a two-dimensional emulation of a three-dimensional trackball is a notable 3D interaction technique that is referenced in computer graphics textbooks and incorporated in various products.
Michael is the holder of 6 user interface patents and have published his work in journals such as the ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH.
- Two-dimensional emulation of three-dimensional trackball
United States Patent #5019809. Issued 1991.
- Method and apparatus for direct manipulation of 3-D objects on computer displays
Michael Chen, Stephanie L. Houde, Robert H. Seidl
United States Patent #5588098. Issued 1996.
- Time and location based computing
Ian S. Small and Michael Chen
United States Patent #5642303. Issued 1997.
- Method and system for transparent mode switching between two different interfaces
Michael Chen, Richard I. Mander, Ian S. Small
United States Patent #5568603. Issued 1996.
- Motion movement cueing through synchronized display port and image
Ian S. Small, Richard I. Mander, Michael Chen
United States Patent #5812142. Issued 1998
- User interface system having programmable user interface elements
Ian S. Small, Michael Chen, Eric L. Zarakov, Richard I. Mander, Laurie J. Vertelney, Amanda R. Mander, Michael A. Arent, James P. Faris, Jeffrey E. Tycz, Lewis C. Knapp
United States Patent #5898434. Issued 1999.
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