UNIVERSITY of  WASHINGTON Information School Computer Science & Engineering
Jacob O. Wobbrock Professor, The Information School
By courtesy, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
  Jacob O. Wobbrock, Ph.D.
The Information School
University of Washington
Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840   USA



I am a Professor of Information and, by courtesy, Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). My field is human-computer interaction (HCI) with a focus on mobile and accessible computing. I am a co-founder of the cross-campus DUB Group and the MHCI+D degree. I also direct the ACE Lab and am an Associate Director and former founding Co-Director of the CREATE research center. My Ph.D. students come from information science and computer science.

I seek to scientifically understand people's behaviors with and experiences of computer user interfaces, and to improve them by designing, building, and evaluating new interaction techniques and interactive systems, especially for people with disabilities. My specific research topics include text entry, pointing, touch, and gesture; human performance measurement and modeling; HCI research and design methods; virtual reality; mobile HCI; and ability-based design. I consider myself a designer, inventor, computer scientist, and quantitative experimentalist.

In 2010, I received an NSF CAREER award. In 2017, I was awarded the SIGCHI Social Impact Award. In 2019, I was inducted into the CHI Academy. In 2021, I was named an ACM Fellow for "contributions to human-computer interaction and accessible computing."

I have also been an entrepreneur. In 2012, I co-founded AnswerDash—a SaaS company providing A.I.-powered context-sensitive help—where I was a venture-backed CEO for about three years. In 2020, AnswerDash was acquired by CloudEngage. My conversations with The New York Times and The Huffington Post capture some of my experiences as a startup CEO from academia.

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