I'm an associate professor in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. I'm also an adjunct associate professor in Computer Science and Engineering, an affiliate professor in Disability Studies, and an associate director of UW CREATE (Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences).
My research goal is to ensure that the next generation of computing technologies is accessible to everyone. I am interested in how to create technologies that adapt to accommodate individual user needs and preferences, whether to improve basic interactions such as touchscreen text entry or more complex tasks such as working with machine learning models. I conduct mixed methods research, from controlled lab studies to qualitative interviews and field deployments.
I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. Before joining HCDE, I was as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, and I spent two years as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the UW Information School. I received an NSF CAREER Award in 2014. My research has been funded by NSF, the Department of Defense, Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Adobe, and Nokia.
My research group, the Inclusive Design Lab, is an interdisciplinary team of students from Human Centered Design and Engineering, Information Studies, and Computer Science & Engineering.