PhD student in McGill's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Over 20 years of experience in mobile software design and development as a software developer (primarily C/C++), program manager, and entrepreneur. Dual citizenship: Canada and USA.

Princeton University, B.S.E. Computer Science, magna cum laude, 1994
McGill University, French for Professional Communication certificate program, 2011
In progress: McGill University, PhD student, Electrical and Computer Engineering, September 2013-present


McGill University, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montréal, Canada: PhD student (Sep. 2013 - present)

McGill University, Shared Reality Lab, Montréal, Canada: Research Assistant (Nov. 2008-Sep. 2013) (personal project, currently offline) (2006-2008)

Glass Lantern, LLC, Washington, DC (2002-2007)

MindSurf Networks, McLean, VA: Experience Designer / Director of Product Design (2001)

Microsoft Mobile Electronics Group, Redmond, WA: Program Manager / Lead Program Manager (1994-2000)

NeXT Computer, Inc., Redwood City, CA (various 1991-1994)



Inventor on 13 issued US Patents:

  1. 5805164 Data display and entry using a limited-area display panel
  2. 6593949 Smart column for contact information on palm-sized computing devices and method and apparatus for displaying the same
  3. 6633924 Object synchronization between objects stores on different computers
  4. 6664991 Method and apparatus for providing context menus on a pen-based device
  5. 6727917 User interface for palm-sized computing devices and method and apparatus for displaying the same
  6. 6727830 Time based hardware button for application launch
  7. 6760696 Fast start voice recording and playback on a digital device
  8. 6819315 Soft input panel system and method
  9. 6901559 Method and apparatus for providing recent categories on a hand-held device
  10. 7411582 Soft input panel system and method
  11. 7533352 Method and apparatus for providing context menus on a hand-held device
  12. 7669208 Object synchronization between object stores on different computers
  13. 8066372 Binocular vision assessment and/or therapy


  1. Grabbing at an Angle: Menu Selection for Fabric Interfaces. Nur Al huda Hamdan, Jeffrey R. Blum, Florian Heller, Ravi Kanth Kosuru, and Jan Borchers. Proc. 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC '16). Heidelberg, Germany, September.
  2. Expressing Human State via Parameterized Haptic Feedback for Mobile Remote Implicit Communication. Jeffrey R. Blum, Jeremy R. Cooperstock. Proc. ACM Augmented Human ’16, Geneva, Switzerland, February. (work in progress poster)
  3. Improving Haptic Feedback on Wearable Devices through Accelerometer Measurements. Jeffrey R. Blum, Ilja Frissen, Jeremy R. Cooperstock. Proc. 28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST 2015), Charleston, NC, Nov 2015, p.31-36.
  4. Real-Time Emergency Response: Improved Management of Real-Time Information During Crisis Situations. Jeffrey R. Blum, Alexander Eichhorn, Severin Smith, Michael Sterle-Contala, Jeremy R. Cooperstock. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces (JMUI), Volume 8, Issue 2 (2014), p.161-173.
  5. The Walking Straight Mobile Application: Helping the Visually Impaired Avoid Veering. S. Panëels, D. Varenne, J.R. Blum, J. R. Cooperstock, Proc Intl Conf on Auditory Displays, Lodz, Poland, July 2013. p.25-32 (Best Use of Sound award at conference)
  6. Listen to It Yourself! Evaluating Usability of "What's Around Me?" for the Blind. Panëels, S., Olmos, A., Blum, J., and Cooperstock, J. R. 2013, CHI '13 Proc. SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paris, France, April. p.2107-2116
  7. Spatialized Audio Environmental Awareness for Blind Users with a Smartphone. Blum, Jeffrey R. and Bouchard, Mathieu and Cooperstock, Jeremy R. 2012, Mobile Networks and Applications, 18:295-309, Springer US, December.
  8. Smartphone sensor reliability for augmented reality applications. Blum, J.R., Greencorn, D., and Cooperstock, J.R. 2012, Proc. 9th Intl. Conf. on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (Mobiquitous 2012), Beijing, China, December. 120:127-138 Accept rate 31%.
  9. What's around me? Spatialized audio augmented reality for blind users with a smartphone. Blum, J.R., Bouchard, M., and Cooperstock, J.R. Proc 8th Intl ICST Conf, MobiQuitous 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark, December. 49-62 Main track accept rate 28%. (best paper award)
  10. End-user viewpoint control of live video from a medical camera array. Blum, J.; Sun, H.; Olmos, A.; and Cooperstock, J. R. 2011. Proc Intl Conf on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC), Ghent, Belgium, August. 1-6
  11. A game platform for treatment of amblyopia. To, L.; Thompson, B.; Blum, J.; Maehara, G.; Hess, R.; and Cooperstock, J. R., 2011. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 19(3):280-9
  12. Exploring the role of latency and orchestra placement on the networked performance of a distributed opera. Olmos, A, Brulé, M., Bouillot, N., Benovoy, M., Blum, J., Sun, H., Lund, N.W., and Cooperstock, J.R., 2009. 12th Annual International Workshop on Presence, Los Angeles, Nov. 11-13. 9 pages
  13. Did Minority Report Get it Wrong? Superiority of the Mouse over 3D Input Devices for a 3D Placement Task., Bérard, F., Ip, J., Benovoy, M., El-Shimy, D., Blum, J.R. and Cooperstock, J.R., IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Uppsala, Sweden, August 24-28, 2009. 107-122
  1. Raising the Heat : Electrical Muscle Stimulation for Simulated Heat Withdrawal Reflex. Student Innovation Contest. Team: Pascal Fortin, Jeffrey R. Blum, Danny Horodniczy. 29th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST 2016), Tokyo, Japan, October 2016. (contest proposal accept rate 38%)
  2. Creating a New Sense by Feeling Remote Information. Demonstration. IEEE Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP 2016), Montreal, Canada, 2016
  3. Body-worn sensors for remote implicit communication. Doctoral Consortium presentation. Mobile HCI 2014, Toronto, September.
  4. Summarizing motion data for remote implicit haptic communication. Research Note presentation. Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND) annual conference, Ottawa, May, 2014.
  5. US Ignite Application Summit, Real Time Emergency Response (rtER) main stage demonstration, June, 2013
  6. Rendering the world to blind people via spatialized audio. Research Note presentation. Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND) annual conference, Toronto, May, 2013.
  7. Assisting the blind and treating amblyopia: Two more things you can do with your smartphone. Invited talk. Co-presented by J. R. Cooperstock and J. R. Blum. Le 15e Symposium scientifique sur l'incapacité visuelle et la réadaptation. U. Montreal, February, 2013.
  8. Mobile is not just fun and games: improving people's lives with smartphones. Presentation, Mobiz, Montréal Digital Festival, Montréal, Canada, November 15, 2012
  9. Two ways Smartphones can change the lives of blind and visually impaired people. Invited talk, Premier Atelier sur les Technologies Assistés, Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM), 2012, Montréal, Canada, June
  10. Sound, Noise, Silence: What's around me? Spatialized audio augmented reality for blind users with a smartphone. Invited talk, ConnexCité, Montréal, Quebec, March 2012.
  11. Hearing Neon Signs: Spatialized Audio Augmented Reality for Blind Users. Invited talk, Interacting with Sound Workshop, Mobile HCI 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, September.