UNIVERSITY of  WASHINGTON Information School Computer Science & Engineering
Jacob O. Wobbrock Associate Professor, The Information School
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
  Jacob O. Wobbrock, Ph.D.
The Information School
University of Washington
Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840   USA


I am an Associate Professor in the Information School and, by courtesy, in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I direct the Mobile & Accessible Design Lab. I am a founding member of the DUB Group and the Master of Human-Computer Interaction & Design program. My Ph.D. students come primarily from information science and computer science.

My field is human-computer interaction (HCI). My research seeks to scientifically understand people's interactions with computers and information, and to improve those interactions through design and engineering, especially for people with disabilities. Interaction is my phenomenon of interest—studying and shaping it to create better user experiences. My specific research topics include interaction techniques, human performance measurement and modeling, HCI research and design methods, mobile computing, and accessible computing. I pursue Ability-Based Design, where the human abilities required to use a technology in a given context are questioned, and systems are made operable by or adaptable to alternative abilities.

My work has received 19 paper awards, including 7 best papers and 7 honorable mentions from ACM's CHI conference. For my work on accessible computing, I received the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. Some of my notable projects are the $-family gesture recognizers, the end-user elicitation design method, the Slide Rule design for accessible touchscreen gestures, ARTool for nonparametric factorial statistical analyses, and the EdgeWrite text entry system.

I have also been a tech entrepreneur and startup CEO. In this role, I was interviewed by The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

See my full CV, faculty profile, ACM author page, ResearchGate page, or Google Scholar page. Or find me in the HCI Bibliography.

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