Björn Hartmann

Photo by Alex Greenspan


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

We released a video describing the Invention Lab. The NSF published an article on joint research with Paul Wright to coincide with the National Day of Making.

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.

Contact info

Office Hours: Spring'15: TBD, 141 Sutardja-Dai Hall

533 Soda Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760
t: @bjo3rn, p: +1-415-868-5720
Admin: Barbara Goto,
RSO: Anthony Stamos,


Curriculum Vitae, Recent Talk Info
Archived Faculty Application Materials


Apr 17-23
CHI, Seoul, Korea

May 11-13
Microsoft Device Summit, Paris, France

May 25-28
Dagstuhl seminar, Germany

Oct 14-15
TerraSwarm meeting, Berkeley,CA

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.

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


PhD: Andrew Head, Peggy Chi, Valkyrie Savage, Amy Pavel (w/ M. Agrawala), Julie Newcomb (w/ R. Bodik)
Master's: Alvin Yuan
Undergraduate: Eldon Schoop, Michelle Nguyen, Jingyi Li

Other student collaborators

Will McGrath (Stanford CS, w/ M. Bernstein), Tim Campbell (EECS, primary: Eric Paulos), D Coetzee (EECS, primary: A. Fox), Ben Zhang (EECS, primary: E. Lee).


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: Manas Mittal'14, Wei Wu'13 (@Yelp), Philipp Gutheim'12 (@MobileWorks,Google), Drew Fisher'12 (w/ D. Wagner, @AeroFS)
Other grad: 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)

Recent Collaborators

Maneesh Agrawala (Berkeley), Paul Wright (Berkeley), Tapan Parikh (Berkeley), Alice Agogino (Berkeley), Ras Bodik (Berkeley), Armando Fox (Berkeley), Marti Hearst (Berkeley), Tovi Grossman (Autodesk), George Fitzmaurice (Autodesk), Jan Borchers (RWTH Aachen), Steven Dow (CMU), 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), Sean Follmer (MIT Media Lab), Rajeev Alur (UPenn), Mahesh Viswanathan (UIUC), Sumit Gulwani (MSR).