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Jacob Wobbrock

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Associate Professor
Office: Mary Gates Hall 330C
Phone: 206.616.2541
Fax: 206.616.3152

Primary Areas of Expertise

Biography

I am an Associate Professor in the Information School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. I work in the field of human-computer interaction, combining computer science, interaction design, and psychology to study and improve the ways humans interact with computers, devices, and information. Some of my awards include: National Science Foundation CAREER award 2010; 5 CHI best paper awards 2006-2011; 5 CHI best paper nominations 2009-2012; ASSETS best paper awards 2004, 2012; ICMI outstanding paper award 2012; VL/HCC best paper award 2010; MobileHCI best paper award 2008; Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Distinguished Dissertation Award 2006.

Education

  • Ph D, Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
  • MS, Computer Science, Stanford University, 2000
  • BS, Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1998

Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing
  • Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction

Videos

Play iOn the Future: Making Technology More Accessible

iOn the Future: Making Technology More Accessible

Jacob Wobbrock is interested in creating accessibility tools to make it easier for people with disabilities to use a computer. Solutions like the Angle Mouse, a software program that improves the efficiency and ease of mouse pointing, and the Pointing Magnifier make a big difference for people with motor impairments.

This segment is part of a 60-minute UWTV-produced documentary film about the UW Information School and its work, which aims to draw attention to the school's faculty and the social impact of their research.

Secondary Areas of Expertise

Presentations

  • "Qazzow: Sales, Savings, and Insights for E-commerce" (2013)
  • "Qazzow: Sales. Savings. Insights" (2013)
  • "From plastic to pixels: In pursuit of effective touch-typing on touch screens" (2012)
  • "From plastic to pixels: In pursuit of effective touch-typing on touch screens" (2012)
    Presented at: Microsoft Research
  • "Back to basics: Making pointing accessible" (2011)
    Presented at: University of Washington
  • "Back to basics: Making pointing accessible" (2011)
    Presented at: Stanford University
  • "Enhanced area cursors: reducing fine pointing demands for people with motor impairments" (2010)
  • "Understanding gestures in user interfaces" (2010)
    Presented at: WritersUA Conference for Software User Assistance
  • "Accessing the world: Projects by the iSchool’s AIM Research Group" (2009)
    Presented at: University of Washington
  • "Making computers accessible with everyday input devices" (2009)
    Presented at: Information School
  • "Making computers accessible with everyday input devices" (2009)
    Presented at: WritersUA Conference for Software User Assistance
  • "Overview of the AIM Research Group" (2009)
    Presented at: Information School
  • "TapSongs: Tapping rhythm-based passwords on a single binary sensor" (2009)
    Presented at: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
  • "The Angle Mouse: Target-agnostic dynamic gain adjustment based on angular deviation" (2009)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "User-defined gestures for surface computing" (2009)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "User-defined vs. researcher-defined gestures" (2009)
    Presented at: University of Washington
  • "Achieving fundamental improvements in computer access" (2008)
    Presented at: University of Washington
  • "An error model for pointing based on Fitts' law" (2008)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "An error model for pointing based on Fitts’ law" (2008)
    Presented at: University of Washington
  • "Flipping the burden: Making computers accessible with everyday input devices" (2008)
    Presented at: Infocamp
  • "Flipping the burden: Making computers accessible with everyday input devices." (2008)
    Presented at: Computer Science Department, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign
  • "A comparison of area pointing and goal crossing for people with and without motor impairments" (2007)
    Presented at: ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
  • "An alternative to push, press, and tap-tap-tap: Gesturing on an isometric joystick for mobile phone text entry" (2007)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "Gestures without libraries, toolkits or training: A $1 recognizer for user interface prototypes" (2007)
    Presented at: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
  • "Movement, input and errors" (2007)
    Presented at: University of Washington
  • "EdgeWrite text entry and mobile accessibility" (2006)
    Presented at: Information School
  • "Few-key text entry revisited: Mnemonic gestures on four keys" (2006)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "From letters to words: Efficient stroke-based word completion for trackball text entry" (2006)
    Presented at: ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
  • "In-stroke word completion" (2006)
    Presented at: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
  • "Trackball text entry for people with motor impairments" (2006)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "Imagine EdgeWrite" (2005)
    Presented at: Microsoft
  • "Maximizing the guessability of symbolic input" (2005)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • "Text entry from power wheelchairs: EdgeWrite for joysticks and touchpads" (2004)
    Presented at: ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
  • "Writing with a joystick: A comparison of date stamp, selection keyboard and EdgeWrite" (2004)
    Presented at: Canadian Information Processing Society
  • "EdgeWrite: A stylus-based text entry method designed for high accuracy and stability of motion" (2003)
    Presented at: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
  • "Exploring edge-based input techniques for handheld text entry" (2003)
    Presented at: IEEE Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops
  • "WebThumb: Interaction techniques for small-screen browsers" (2002)
    Presented at: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
  • "Put your best face forward: Anthropomorphic agents, e-commerce consumers, and the law" (2000)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Autonomous Agents
  • "Liability for autonomous agent design" (1998)
    Presented at: ACM Conference on Autonomous Agents
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