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Wearable Tech Pioneer: 'I'm Not Always the Smartest Guy in the Room'

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Teddy Seyed, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research

"Many of my colleagues are world-famous in their field," says Teddy Seyed, senior researcher in the RiSE Group at Microsoft Research.

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Teddy Seyed is a global leader in the emerging field of wearable technology. Asked what's propelled him to the forefront of a US$32-billion (and growing) industry, the 34-year-old says it's simply hard work. "I'm not always the smartest guy in the room," says Seyed, winner of the 2019 Bill Buxton Award for the best doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. "But I'm not supposed to be, many of my colleagues are world-famous in their field."

Seyed, senior researcher in the RiSE Group at Microsoft Research, leads wearables research and initiatives. Computer science wasn't on his radar until his third year as a University of Calgary undergrad. He discovered there was more to the field than coding. "I could still be creative," he says.

Seyed's work has attracted some of the world's major fashion houses and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he's collaborated with famed tech designer Maggie Orth on creating masks and other wearables for people with disabilities.

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