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Pejman Mirza-Babaei

Associate Professor

Recipient of the Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award

Game Development

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) - Room 4388
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 7350


Dr. Pejman Mirza-Babaei is a video games user researcher and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology. Prior to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, he worked as a PhD researcher and an Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex, U.K., where he explored triangulation of physiological measurements with other user research methodologies to gain a better understanding of player behaviour. For his PhD thesis, he created a framework for affective evaluations of player experience to suit the game development cycle towards providing formative feedback for game developers. As a games user researcher, he worked on pre- and post-release evaluation of titles such as Crysis 2, Split/Second Velocity, Brink, Buzz! Quiz World and Sony’s Wonderbook, as well as a range of unannounced projects on all platforms. His current research interests include:

  • games user research
  • human-computer interaction
  • user-centred design
  • video games accessibility
  • video games for health and rehabilitation

Research and expertise

2018   Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award recipient 

2018   FBIT Research Excellence Award (Early stage Researcher category)

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