Björn Hartmann

Photo by Alex Greenspan


April 2016: Interim Director of Jacobs Institute

I was appointed Interim Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley while we search for a permanent successor to David Dornfeld, who passed away unexpectedly at the end of March.

February 2016: Best Paper Award at CHI 2016

Our work on multi-device storyboards will receive a Best Paper Award at CHI 2016 in San Jose in May.

November 2015: Baby!

Welcome Harlan Johann Hartmann

October 2015: Honorable Mention Award

Our work on Tutorons receives an Honorable Mention Award at VL/HCC

August 2015: Article on Interactive Seating Class

Berkeley Engineering: New course models design innovation education

August 2015: Flashback to a prior career

Guest DJed with DJ Noon on Berkeley's KALX radio.

June 2015: Tenure!

I was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure effective July 1, 2015.

June 2015: EICS Best Paper Award

Will McGrath presents our fabryq platform for Bluetooth Low Energy prototyping at EICS in Germany and wins a best paper award.

May 2015: Berkeley Engineer Story

I'm featured in a story in the Berkeley Engineer magazine.

May 2015: Teaching Award

I received the Computer Science Divison's Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Contact info

Office: 210A Jacobs Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

Office Hours: Fall'15: Friday, 11am-noon
t: @bjo3rn, p: +1-415-868-5720
Admin: Barbara Goto,
RSO: Miriam Kader,


Curriculum Vitae, Recent Talk Info
Archived Faculty Application Materials

Travel & Events

Aug 20
Jacobs Hall Opening, Berkeley, CA

Oct 13
CITRIS Showcase, Berkeley, CA

Oct 14-15
TerraSwarm meeting, Berkeley,CA

No travel after November for the rest of the year.

I am an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. My research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on novel design, prototyping, and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing. My group investigates how better software and hardware can facilitate the exploration of interactive devices that leverage novel form factors and technologies (e.g., sensors and actuators). We also investigate how software can help students, designers, and makers to learn and share their expertise online. Methodologically, my group predominantly focuses on systems research: we contribute complex, working interactive systems that embody our research ideas and enable us to test specific hypotheses. However, I also appreciate (and we conduct) careful, controlled experiments. I am a Qualcomm Faculty Fellow and have received an NSF CAREER award, Sloan fellowship, and Okawa research award. Our group has received multiple best paper prizes at top HCI conferences like CHI and UIST for our work.

I am the Interim Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, a new undergraduate teaching institute focused on hands-on, human-centered design. Previously, I co-founded the CITRIS Invention Lab, a lab equipped with many digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools. The lab serves as inspiration and testbed for many our research projects. I am also the faculty director of the CITRIS Connected Communities initiative and am involved in the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Swarm Lab. I spend time with great colleagues at the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Visual Computing Lab, and the Cal Design Lab. I received my PhD from the Stanford Computer Science department in 2009 where I worked with Scott Klemmer (dissertation). I received an MSE in Computer and Information Science as well as Undergraduate Degrees in Digital Media Design and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Thinking about applying for a PhD/Masters/Internship/PostDoc in HCI at Berkeley?
Do not email me directly about your application or request - I cannot respond to every message. Read this advice instead.
I am looking for strong PhD students in the areas of programming tools, design tools for digital fabrication, and IOT systems this year. Berkeley's application deadline is 8 Dec 2015. I am also looking for postdocs to join the TerraSwarm and SITP projects. If you are from Germany, you can apply as a DAAD-sponsored postdoc working with me through ICSI.

Undergraduate Cal Student interested in (Interface) Design?
The Course Thread in Human-Centered Design which I co-initiated lists relevant courses across the university as well as reading materials. You may also want to get involved in Berkeley Innovation, a student-run design group. In Computer Science, you should take CS160. If you did well and want to deepen your understanding of HCI research and practice, sign up for CS260B or CS294-84 (Interactive Device Design). If you have completed either of these courses with outstanding results, come to my office hours to talk about undergraduate research opportunities. You can also look for projects my group has posted on Beehive.

Recent Papers

For a full list, see my profiles on: Google Scholar, ACM DL, or Microsoft Academic Search.

Recent Press

The Future Is 3D-Printed (UC TV, Jan 2013) features interviews with me and Ron Rael (Architecture).
Google Glass mod gives you control over home appliances with one touch pairing (Engadget, Dec 2013)
Educating a Maker: The Berkeley Perspective (, Nov 2013)
Hacked Vending Machine Trades Snacks For Skills (Tech News Daily. Apr 2012)


Students & Collaborators


PostDocs: David Mellis, Gustavo Soares

PhD: Andrew Head, Peggy Chi, Valkyrie Savage, Amy Pavel (w/ M. Agrawala), Julie Newcomb (UW, w/ R. Bodik), Will McGrath (Stanford CS)
Undergraduate: Eldon Schoop, Michelle Nguyen, Jingyi Li


PostDoc:Mozziyar Etemadi'14 (w/ Shuvo Roy, MD PhD)
PhD: Lora Oehlberg '12 (ME, w/ A. Agogino, postdoc @INRIA), Kenrick Kin'12 (EECS, w/ M. Agrawala, @3Gear)
Master's: Alvin Yuan'15, Manas Mittal'14, Wei Wu'13 (@Yelp), Philipp Gutheim'12 (@MobileWorks,Google), Drew Fisher'12 (w/ D. Wagner, @AeroFS)
Other grad: Ben Zhang (EECS, primary: E. Lee), D Coetzee'15 (EECS, primary: A. Fox), Kurtis Heimerl (EECS, primary: E. Brewer), Shiry Ginosar (now PhD w/ A. Efros), Anand Kulkarni (IEOR, primary: J. Shewchuck, CEO @MobileWorks)
Undergraduates: Claire Tuna, Mark Dhillon (@Madison MS), Matthew Chan (@Irvine PhD), Matthew Can (@Stanford PhD), Vidya Ramesh (@Stanford MS), Brandon Liu (@Square), Charlie Hsu (@Twilio), Kyu Simm (@LifeCheck)
External: Manuel Kallenbach'11 (RWTH Aachen, MS, w/ Jan Borchers), Denis Bouchinet'12 (Paris Sud, w/ Michel Beaudouin-Lafon)
SUPERB: Mary Beth Kery'13 (Wellesley), Christie Dierk'13 (Elon, now @Berkeley PhD), Jasmine Jones'11 (UMBC, now @Michigan PhD), Kehontas Rowe'11 (Mills College), Bella Manoim'10 (Bard College)

In Memoriam

Tim Campbell, Floraine Berthouzoz, David Dornfeld, David Wessel.

Recent Collaborators

Maneesh Agrawala (Stanford), Paul Wright (Berkeley), Tapan Parikh (Berkeley), Alice Agogino (Berkeley), Ras Bodik (Washington), Armando Fox (Berkeley), Marti Hearst (Berkeley), Tovi Grossman (Autodesk), George Fitzmaurice (Autodesk), Jan Borchers (RWTH Aachen), Steven Dow (CMU), Yang Li (Google), Kurt Luther (CMU), Scott Klemmer (PhD advisor - Stanford), Tony DeRose (Pixar), Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Univ. Paris), Wendy Mackay (INRIA), Lora Oehlberg (INRIA), Wesley Willett (INRIA), Mira Dontcheva (Adobe), Wilmot Li (Adobe), Gautham Mysore (Adobe), Dan Goldman (Adobe), Sean Follmer (Stanford), Loris D'Antoni (Madison), Rajeev Alur (UPenn), Mahesh Viswanathan (UIUC), Sumit Gulwani (MSR).