• Accessibility
  • HCI for Neurodiversity
  • Software Engineering


Andrew Begel is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Software Research department at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this, he spent over 16 years as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA. His research focuses on the use of AI and HCI to increase the accessibility of technology for those with physical and cognitive disabilities. He also studies the communication and collaboration effectiveness of software engineers in collocated and distributed development. His most recent work has been to study and help people on the autism spectrum obtain employment and facilitate social interaction, to help blind software developers collaborate with their sighted colleagues, and to use effective computing and biometrics (including eye tracking) to better understand how software developers do their work. He is a Distinguished Member of the ACM.


  • 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


  • Neurodivergent Leaders Doing the Research (2023)
    Neurodiversity at Work Research Workshop - Seattle, WA
  • Report from The Autism Research Frontier (2019)
    Fourth Annual Spring Autism at Work Summit - Seattle, Washington