• Identifying and Understanding Information Needs
  • Managing Knowledge in Organizations
  • Software Engineering


Andrew Begel is a Principal Researcher in the Ability Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA. His research looks at how technology and AI can play in a role in extending the capabilities and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. His current focus is on employment for autistic adults and programming for accessibility. Recently, he looked at applying HCI techniques to study and improve the software development process. He studied biometrics and affect-based software engineering, social media for software engineering, collaborative software development, Agile methodologies, developer-centric knowledge management, flow and coordination, and K-16 and beyond programming education.


  • Ph D, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • MEng, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
  • BS, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996


  • Association for Computing Machinery

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Inclusive Interpersonal Communication Education for Technology Professionals (2021)
    Proceedings of the 27th Americas Conference on Information Systems Authors: N. Rizvi, Andrew Begel, Hala Annabi
  • Conference Paper
    Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Collaborations with Software Engineers (2017)
    International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE) Authors: Paul Li, Amy J. Ko, Andrew Begel


  • Report from The Autism Research Frontier (2019)
    Fourth Annual Spring Autism at Work Summit - Seattle, Washington