Jacob O. Wobbrock is a Professor of human-computer interaction (HCI) in The Information School and, by courtesy, in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Prof. Wobbrock directs the ACE Lab and is a founding member of the DUB Group and the Master of Human-Computer Interaction & Design program.
The University of Washington is a standout research university in all respects. In 2020, U.S. News ranked UW #10 in the world, while Thomson Reuters ranked UW the #1 most innovative public university worldwide. The Information School is ranked #2 and computer science is ranked #6 in the U.S. In HCI, UW's multi-departmental DUB Group is universally regarded as an elite program.
Prof. Wobbrock's research seeks to scientifically understand people's experiences of computers and information, and to improve those experiences 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 ~160 peer-reviewed papers and received 25 paper awards, including 7 best papers and 8 honorable mentions from ACM CHI, the flagship conference in HCI. For his contributions to accessible computing, he received the 2017 SIGCHI Social Impact Award and the 2019 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award. In 2018, he was ranked #1 on AMiner's Most Influential Scholars in HCI list, which used an algorithmic ranking scheme based on citation networks to infer influence from 2007 – 2017. At CHI 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland, he was inducted into the prestigious CHI Academy for his overall contributions to 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 former doctoral students are now professors 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 35 corporate customers, and built a team of 15 employees. AnswerDash still operates today, over 7 years after its founding.
Jacob O. Wobbrock received a B.S. with Honors in Symbolic Systems (1998) and an M.S. in Computer Science (2000) from Stanford University. He received a 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.