PhD in Information Science


Parmit Chilana

Assistant Professor, School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University

Parmit Chilana graduated from the UW Information School in 2013. She is an HCI researcher, focusing on understanding user needs and designing new technologies that help users access, manage, and analyze information in different contexts. While her research and the tools that I build directly help end users, they reveal social and organizational aspects of how modern software systems are designed and deployed, and how organizations can better achieve user-centered design."Users are too often left on their own to find answers, but many have similar questions, and they can be a great resource for each other. I’ll be gathering real-world usage ideas to give me more insight into, ‘Does this approach work?’ and ‘Can I improve this?’" Chilana invented LemonAid as part of her dissertation, which was renamed Qazzow and became the first spinout from the UW iSchool in 2013. 

Jeff Huang

Assistant Professor, Brown University 

Jeff Huang graduated from the UW Information School in 2013. His research areas span human-computer interaction and information retrieval, across the domains of mobile devices, self-tracking, games, and web search. His work involves decoding users' behavioral data to drive novel applications. Huang's current projects strive to 1) model touch interactions and 2) build an open platform for self-tracking. "I’m always interested in making people have a better user experience. And with a search engine that’s easier and that’s faster, that’s a better experience. That’s what everyone here wants to do – challenging research that will solve the world’s problems."

Shaun Kane

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder 

Shaun Kane graduated from the UW Information School in 2011. He received the Distinguished Alumni award in 2016. His primary research interests are accessible user interfaces and mobile human-computer interaction. His research explores ways to make mobile devices easier to use, especially for people with disabilities and people in distracting environments. “I’m a person with a disability who works in technology and disability."

Joseph T. Tennis

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, University of Washington
Joe Tennis was the first graduate of the UW Information School Ph.D. program in 2005. He joined the iSchool in 2007 after two years at The University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The focus of his research is knowledge organization, specifically classification theory and the evaluation of classification practices and structures. “I was brought up in a small town in the Midwest. Growing up, I experienced the emancipatory power of reading and exploration through the written record. I was able to imagine other worlds, languages, and ways of life. I feel that this experience has fueled my passion for making the written word available to humankind so that we can learn to be more fully human. Knowledge Organization takes as its main focus the critique and crafting of techniques for making accessible the written record of human achievement.”