Björn Hartmann


Photo by Peg Skorpinski


News

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

Our project on controlling appliances with Google Glass received some online press.

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.

Contact info

Office Hours: Spring'14: M 4:30-5:30pm

533 Soda Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

bjoern@eecs.berkeley.edu
t: @bjo3rn, p: +1-415-868-5720
Admin: Barbara Goto, bgoto@erso.berkeley.edu
RSO: Willa Walker, willa@erso.berkeley.edu

Materials

Curriculum Vitae, Talk Info
Archived Faculty Application Materials

Travel

Oct 05-08
UIST, Honolulu, HI

Oct 09-10
ExCAPE PI Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

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. 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?
The PhD application deadline has passed. You may want to apply to our professional masters program in Visual Computing. The application deadline is early February, 2014. Do not email me directly about your application or request - I cannot respond to every message. Read this advice instead.
I am also looking for strong postdocs in the areas of programming tools, design tools for digital fabrication, and crowdsourcing systems this year.

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 ResearchMatch.

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 (Forbes.com, Nov 2013)
Hacked Vending Machine Trades Snacks For Skills (Tech News Daily. Apr 2012)

Teaching

Students & Collaborators

Advisees

PostDoc:Mozziyar Etemadi (w/ Shuvo Roy, UCSF)
PhD: Peggy Chi, Valkyrie Savage, Amy Pavel (w/ M. Agrawala)
Master's: Manas Mittal, Alvin Yuan
Undergraduate: Claire Tuna

Other student collaborators

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

Alumni

PhD: Lora Oehlberg '12 (ME, w/ A. Agogino, postdoc @INRIA), Kenrick Kin'12 (EECS, w/ M. Agrawala, @3Gear)
Master's: Wei Wu'13 (@Yelp), Philipp Gutheim'12 (@MobileWorks,Google), Drew Fisher'12 (w/ D. Wagner, @AeroFS)
Other grad: Shiry Ginosar (now PhD w/ A. Efros), Anand Kulkarni (IEOR, primary: J. Shewchuck, CEO @MobileWorks)
Undergraduates: 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: Christie Dierk'13 (Elon), 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), Armando Fox (Berkeley), Marti Hearst (Berkeley), Tovi Grossman (Autodesk), George Fitzmaurice (Autodesk), Jan Borchers (RWTH Aachen), Steven Dow (CMU), Kurt Luther (CMU), Lena Mamykina (Columbia), Scott Klemmer (PhD advisor - Stanford), Tony DeRose (Pixar), Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Univ. Paris), Wendy Mackay (INRIA), Lora Oehlberg (INRIA), Mira Dontcheva (Adobe), Wilmot Li (Adobe), Joel Brandt (Adobe), Sean Follmer (MIT Media Lab), Rajeev Alur (UPenn), Mahesh Viswanathan (UIUC), Sumit Gulwani (MSR).