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December 2014: berkeleyByte Profile
berkeleyByte published an interview with me about the Invention Lab and Jacobs Institute.
October 2014: Meshmixer
Autodesk released some of our PipeDreams research as a pipe-routing tool in MeshMixer 2.6.
August 2014: Two CSCW Papers
Two full papers on crowdsourcing design critique and peer learning in MOOCs were accepted to CSCW 2015.
June 2014: Two UIST Papers
Two full papers on tools for digital fabrication and video digests were (conditionally) accepted to UIST.
June 2014: Media
February 2014: CTO
I've accepted a position as Chief Technology Officer for the new Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.
January 2014: Interview for UC TV
UC TV will show a short interview about our use of 3D printing in the Invention Lab.
December 2013: Glass research
November 2013: IDD News Article
Our Interactive Device Design class was the subject of a Forbes story.
November 2013: TerraSwarm
I joined the TerraSwarm Research Center as a PI.
November 2013: HCOMP 2013
I co-chaired HCOMP2013, the first AAAI conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing with Eric Horvitz.
August 2013: Google Research Award
I received a Google Research Award for our work on Prototyping platforms for Interactive Device Design.
August 2013: IEEE Computer on Invention Lab
This months' issue of IEEE Computer has an overview of our Interactive Device Design class and the Invention Lab
August 2013: Special Issue on Pervasive Fabrication
I am guest editing a special issue on fabrication and printing for IEEE Pervasive Computing. Deadline: Oct 2013.
February 2013: Sloan Fellowship
I was elected a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow.
January 2013: New Course on Advanced Device Design and Digital Fabrication
Prof. Paul Wright and I will teach a follow-on course to our successful Fall course on Interactive Device Design.
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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 a co-founder and co-director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, a teaching lab built around experiential, project-based learning of engineering design. We use a wide variety of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools. The lab serves as inspiration and testbed for many our research projects. I'm looking forward to scale our teaching model at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the future, where I am serving as Chief Technology Officer. I also co-direct two research centers: the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Swarm Lab and 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 crowdsourcing systems this year. Berkeley's application deadline is 15 Dec 2014. I am also looking for postdocs to join the TerraSwarm and ExCAPE projects.
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.