Photo by Alex Greenspan
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.
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.
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Travel & Events
Jacobs Hall Opening, Berkeley, CA
CITRIS Showcase, Berkeley, CA
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 a co-founder 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 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 crowdsourcing systems this year. Berkeley's application deadline is 15 Dec 2014. I am also looking for postdocs to join the TerraSwarm and SITP 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.