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. In 2019, U.S. News ranked the University of Washington as a whole #10 in the world, just after Princeton and just before 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 CHI, the flagship conference in HCI. For his contributions to accessible computing, especially his development of Ability-Based Design (PDF), he received the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. In 2018, he was ranked #1 of 100 on AMiner's Most Influential Scholars in HCI, which uses an algorithmic ranking scheme based on citation networks to infer influence from 2007 – 2017. Also, he was inducted into the prestigious SIGCHI Academy at CHI 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland for making substantial contributions to the field of HCI. He is also a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
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. AnswerDash still operates today, over 6 years after its founding.
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.