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 an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. I co-chair the Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design program and direct the Mobile + Accessible Design Lab. My expertise is in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), where I conduct studies of people's interactions with technology and invent, design, and build new interactive technologies. See my CV.


My primary research interests are input techniques (text entry, pointing, touch, gesture, voice, gaze), mobile and tabletop user interfaces, human performance measurement and modeling, HCI research and design methods, and computer access for people with disabilities. I have a special focus on what I call ability-based design, a design stance in which the human abilities required to operate a technology are questioned, and systems are made operable by and adaptable to alternative abilities.

I am also an entrepreneur, having co-founded AnswerDash. I served as AnswerDash's venture-backed C.E.O. from 2012-2015, stepping down to become its Chief Scientist in May 2015. AnswerDash provides context-sensitive help for the web, increasing online sales, reducing customer support costs, and giving insights about customers' needs.

My students come primarily from UW Ph.D. programs in information science and computer science. My students and I are active in the DUB Group.

I have worked in industry and occasionally serve as an expert witness on intellectual property matters.

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

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