Jacob O. Wobbrock is a Professor of human-computer interaction (HCI) in the Information School (ranked #2) and, by courtesy, in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (ranked #6) at the University of Washington, one of the world's elite universities for HCI. In 2019, U.S. News ranked the University of Washington #10 globally overall, just behind Princeton and just ahead of Yale.
Prof. Wobbrock's research seeks to scientifically understand people's interactions with computers and information, and to improve those interactions through design and engineering, especially for people with disabilities. His specific research topics include input & interaction techniques, human performance measurement & modeling, HCI research & design methods, mobile computing, and accessible computing.
He has co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed papers and received 23 paper awards, including 7 best papers and 8 honorable mentions from ACM's flagship CHI conference. For his contributions to accessible computing, especially his development of Ability-Based Design (PDF), he received the prestigious 2017 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. He will also be inducted into the esteemed CHI Academy in Glasgow, Scotland at CHI 2019 for his contributions to the field of HCI.
Prof. Wobbrock's work and ideas have been reported in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, M.I.T. Technology Review, PC World, Self Magazine, USA Today, and other outlets.
He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and 7 other National Science Foundation grants. He is on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. His advisees have been hired at Harvard, Cornell, Colorado, Washington, Brown, Simon Fraser, and elsewhere.
Prof. Wobbrock is also an entrepreneur. He was the venture-backed co-founder and CEO of AnswerDash for nearly three years, during which time he raised over $2.5M in venture capital, launched a multi-platform SaaS product, signed 30+ paying customers, and hired a team of 15+ employees.
Jacob O. Wobbrock received his B.S. with Honors in Symbolic Systems (1998) and his M.S. in Computer Science (2000) from Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (2006) from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduation, he was honored with CMU's School of Computer Science Distinguished Dissertation Award.