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
 
 

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Jacob O. Wobbrock is an Associate Professor in the Information School and, by courtesy, in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research in the field of human-computer interaction involves inventing new user interface technologies and studying people’s interactions with them. He holds an NSF CAREER award, 10 best paper awards, and 6 best paper nominations. He is on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D. 2006) and Stanford University (B.S. 1998, M.S. 2000).
Jacob O. Wobbrock is an Associate Professor in the Information School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the MAD Lab comprising students from UW's information science and computer science programs. His field is human-computer interaction, where he focuses on improving how humans interactively exchange information with machines. He specializes in new user interface technologies, input and interaction techniques, human performance with computing systems, and the advancement of HCI research and design methods. The platforms on which he works include desktop, web, mobile, and surface computing systems. Many of his contributions concern input via text entry, pointing, touch, and gesture, often but not exclusively for people with disabilities. He has co-authored 10 best paper winners and 6 best paper nominees, and is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and 4 other NSF grants. He is on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction. He obtained his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000, respectively.
Jacob O. Wobbrock is an Associate Professor in the Information School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the MAD Lab comprising students from UW's information science and computer science programs. His research in human-computer interaction combines computer science, interaction design, and psychology, focusing on improving how humans interactively exchange information with machines. He specializes in new user interface technologies, input and interaction techniques, human performance with computing systems, and the advancement of HCI research and design methods. The platforms on which he works include desktop, web, mobile, and surface computing systems. Many of his contributions concern input via text entry, pointing, touch, and gesture, often but not exclusively for people with disabilities. Some of his notable research projects include the user-defined gesture methodology, the $-family stroke recognizers, the model for pointing errors, ability-based design, the EdgeWrite text entry system, and gestures for touch screen accessibility, which developed techniques appearing in Apple's VoiceOver for iOS. He has co-authored 10 best paper winners, including 5 from ACM CHI, and 6 best paper nominees, also from ACM CHI. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and 4 other NSF grants. He is on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where his advisor was Brad A. Myers. He also received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems in 1998 and an M.S. in Computer Science in 2000, both from Stanford University, where his advisor was Terry Winograd.