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


Short Biography

Curriculum Vitae

Jacob O. Wobbrock is an Associate Professor in the Information School and, by courtesy, in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He is the chair of the Master in Human-Computer Interaction & Design program and the director of the Mobile & Accessible Design Lab. His research is in the field of human-computer interaction. Dr. Wobbrock both invents new interactive technologies and studies people’s interactions with technologies. His research interests include input techniques (text entry, pointing, touch, gesture, voice, gaze), mobile and tabletop user interfaces, human performance with computers, HCI research and design methods, and accessible computing for people with disabilities. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, which have been honored with 11 best paper awards and 7 honorable mentions. His work has been covered in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, M.I.T. Technology Review, PC World, Self Magazine, USA Today, and other outlets. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and five other National Science Foundation grants. He is on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. His students and post docs have gone on to be leaders in the field at Harvard, Cornell, Colorado, Maryland, Brown, Waterloo, and more. Dr. Wobbrock received his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. He received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems and his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000, respectively. From September 2012 to May 2015, Dr. Wobbrock was the founding C.E.O. of AnswerDash, a venture-backed startup that provides context-sensitive help to websites. In May 2015, Dr. Wobbrock became AnswerDash's Chief Scientist.