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Tomás Dorta

Tomás Dorta is the Director of the Université de Montréal’s design research laboratory, Hybridlab. His three main areas of expertise are the influence of 3D computer visualization, new design technologies and the development of virtual reality design techniques.

During his academic career, he studied the impact of virtual reality as a visualization tool on the design process. He was then invited to present his work at international scientific conferences (ICSID, ACADIA, CAADRIA, eCAADe, EuropIA, SIGraDi, CAADFutures, ICDC and IHM). He was the co-chair of the CAADFutures 2009 conference and the Design Research Society conference (DRS 2010) in Montréal. He has also published several articles in various scientific journals.

He is currently a member of the Hexagram Centre for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies.



  • Ph.D., associate professor, Université de Montréal’s School of Industrial Design
  • Director, Design research laboratory Hybridlab



  • Design and ideation process
  • Collaborative design
  • Interaction and experience design
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • CAD: computer modeling and visualization techniques
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • New communication technologies
  • Applying bionics to design issues


  • Hybrid Ideation Space
  • The HIS in a design studio
  • Augmented co-design: transparency and extraversion of ideation through the interconnected HIS (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2012-2017) (LOF: Leaders Opportunity Fund, 2012-2015)
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