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 chair the Master of Human-Computer Interaction & Design program and direct the Mobile & Accessible Design Lab. I am a founding member of the DUB Group.

My field is Human-Computer Interaction. I invent, design, and build new interactive technologies, and formally study people's interactions with technology. My research interests are:

  • 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.

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My work has been honored with 18 paper awards — 6 winners and 7 honorable mentions from CHI; 2 winners from ASSETS; and 3 winners elsewhere. 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 method. I am currently developing ability-based design, a design approach in which the human abilities required to operate a technology are questioned, and systems are made operable by and adaptable to alternative abilities.

My Ph.D. students come primarily from UW Ph.D. programs in information science and computer science.

I am also an entrepreneur, having co-founded AnswerDash, a company that provides context-sensitive help to websites. I was AnswerDash's venture-backed C.E.O. from 2012-2015 and its Chief Scientist since May 2015. I have also worked in other industry jobs 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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