Dr. Kavous Salehzadeh Niksirat

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I am a research scientist in the ISP and PET Labs at UNIL-HEC Lausanne, where I work on addressing online privacy violations committed by individuals, in the framework of the NudgeMPC SNSF project. Before joining UNIL, I was working as a postdoctoral fellow at the HCI GroupEPFL, headed by Dr. Pearl Pu from 2019 to 2020. Prior to that, I was a visiting researcher at the Center for Human-Engaged Computing, Japan, in 2018.

I earned my Ph.D. degree in human-computer interaction (HCI) under the supervision of Prof. Xiangshi Ren from Kochi University of Technology, Japan in 2018. I was working at the intersection of digital health interventions and well-being. My research aim was to investigate the principles underlying the design and development of interventions to improve mental and physical well-being. During my Ph.D., I focused on developing a framework to foster attention-regulation in mindfulness practices. Recently, I was working on designing behavior recommender systems to improve the physical activeness of elderly users, under the framework of REACH Horizon2020.

Professional course

Research Scientist, Information Security and Privacy Lab and PErsuasive Tech Lab, UNIL-HEC Lausanne, Feb. 2020 – present
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Human-Computer Interaction Group, EPFL Lausanne, Feb. 2019 – Jan. 2020
Visiting Researcher, Center for Human-Engaged Computing, Kochi University of Technology, Japan, Oct. 2018 – Jan. 2019
Research Assistant, Center for Human-Engaged Computing, Kochi University of Technology, Japan, 2015 – 2018


PhD, Human-Computer Interaction, supervised by Prof. Xiangshi Ren, School of Information, Kochi University of Technology, 2015 – 2018
MSc, Electrical Engineering – Control, Faculty of Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University (IRAN), 2008 – 2011
BSc, Electrical Engineering – Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University (IRAN), 2002 – 2007


Noé Zufferey, Kavous Salehzadeh Niksirat, Mathias Humbert, Kévin Huguenin. “Revoked just now!” Users’ Behaviors Toward Fitness-Data Sharing with Third-Party Applications. In Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, vol. 2023, no 1, p. 21, 2023. De Gruyter. Journal

Lev Velykoivanenko, Kavous Salehzadeh Niksirat, Noé Zufferey, Mathias Humbert, Kévin Huguenin, Mauro Cherubini. Are Those Steps Worth Your Privacy? Fitness-Tracker Users’ Perceptions of Privacy and Utility. In Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, vol. 5, no 4, p. 181, Dec 2021. ACM. [doi] Journal

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K.,Anthoine-Milhomme, E., Randin, S., Huguenin, K., Cherubini, M. (2021). “I thought you were okay”: Participatory Design with Young Adults to Fight Multiparty Privacy Conflicts in Online Social Networks. In Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS), Virtual event, United States, Jun 2021. [doi] Conference

Cherubini, M., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K. , Boldi, M.-O., Keopraseuth, H., Such, J., Huguenin, K. (2021). When Forcing Collaboration is the Most Sensible Choice: Desirability of Precautionary and Dissuasive Mechanisms to Manage Multiparty Privacy Conflicts. In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 5, no CSCW1, pp. 53:1-53:36, Apr 2021. ACM. [doi] Journal

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Silpasuwanchai, C., Cheng, P., & Ren, X. (2019). Attention Regulation Framework: Designing Self-Regulated Mindfulness Technologies. ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. Vol. 26, Issue. 6, Article 39 (October 2019), 44 pages. [doiJournal Conference

Goethe, O., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Hirskyj-Douglas, I., Sun, H., Law, E. L. C., & Ren, X. (2019). From UX to Engagement: Connecting Theory and Practice, Addressing Ethics and Diversity. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS). Vol.11572, pp.91-99. Springer, Cham. [doiConference

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Park, K., Silpasuwanchai, C,. Wang, Z,. Ren, X. (2019). The relationship between flow proneness in everyday life and variations in the volume of gray matter in the dopaminergic system: A cross-sectional study. Personality and Individual Differences. Vol.141, pp.25-30. Elsevier (5-year Impact Factor: 2.39, peer-reviewed). [doiJournal

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Sarcar, S., Sun, H., Law, E.L.C, Clemmensen, T., Bardzell, J., Oulasvirta, A., Silpasuwanchai, C., Light, A., Ren, X. (2018). Approaching Engagement towards Human-Engaged Computing. In Proceedings of the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18), Special Interest Group (SIG) Proposal. ACM. Montreal, Canada (April 21 – 26, 2018). (SIG Meeting, Acceptance rate: 31%). [doi] Conference

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Silpasuwanchai, C., Ahmed, M., Cheng, P., Ren, X. (2017). A Framework for Interactive Mindfulness Meditation Using Attention-Regulation Process. In Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17), pp.2672-2684, ACM. Denver, USA (May 6 – 11, 2017). (Peer-reviewed, Oral, Acceptance rate: 25%). [doi] Conference

Ahmed, M., Silpasuwanchai, C., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Ren, X. (2017). Understanding the Role of Human Senses in Interactive Meditation. In Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17), pp.4960-4965, ACM. Denver, USA (May 6 – 11, 2017). (Peer-reviewed, Oral, Acceptance rate: 25%). [doi] Conference

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Silpasuwanchai, C., Ren, X., and Wang, Z. (2017). Towards Cognitive Enhancement of the Elderly: A UX Study of a Multitasking Motion Video Game. In Proceedings of the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17), pp.2017-2024, ACM. Denver, USA (May 6 – 11, 2017). (Peer-reviewed, Poster, Acceptance rate: 20%). [doi] Conference

Wang, Xue., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Silpasuwanchai, C., Wang, Z., Ren, X., and Niu, Z. (2016). How skill balancing impact the elderly player experience? In Proceeding of the 13th International Conference on Signal Processing (ICSP), pp. 983-988. IEEE. Chengdu, China (Nov 6 – 10, 2016). (Peer-reviewed, Oral). [doi] Conference

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Silpasuwanchai, C., Wang, Z., Fan, J., and Ren, X. (2016). Age-Related Differences in Gross Motor Skills. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Interactive Technology and Ageing Populations (ITAP ’16), pp.109-118, ACM. Kochi, Japan (Oct 20 – 22, 2016). (Peer-reviewed, Oral, Acceptance rate: 50%). [doi] Conference

Taghizadeh-Sarabi, M., Daliri, M.R., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K. (2014). Decoding Objects of Basic Categories from Electroencephalographic Signals using Wavelet Transform and Support Vector Machines. Brain Topography. Vol.28, Issue.1, pp.33-46. (Impact Factor: 3.67, peer-reviewed). [doi] Journal

Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Hassanzadeh, I., Taghizadeh-Sarabi, M. (2014). Teleoperation system with Force Feedback Joystick in Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Vol.1, Issue.2, pp.22-32. (peer-reviewed). [Link] Journal

Taghizadeh, M., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., KhanMohammadi, S., Nazari, M.A. (2013). EEG-based Analysis of Human Driving Behavior turning Left and Right using Hopfield Neural Network. SpringerPlus. Vol.2, Issue.1, p.662-671. (Peer-reviewed). [doi] Journal

Daliri, M.R., Taghizadeh, M., Salehzadeh Niksirat, K. (2012). EEG Signature of object categorization from event-related potentials. Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors. Vol.3, Issue.1, p.37-44. (Peer-reviewed). [Link] Journal