I am a computer scientist turned human-computer interaction researcher.
I like to make that distinction because I never thought of “users” during my years of training as an engineer. I would build things—and that was it. Did anyone use it? How was their experience? Could their experience be better? These questions never crossed my mind.
So I have spent the last decade asking those questions—and continue to think about them. Computers keep awing us with their prowess every day. But how will people use them? How will people benefit from them? How will society, culture, economy, and policies change because of them? How will we change? I ask these questions in my work—currently focusing on mobile UIs, mid-air gesture input, virtual humans, and inclusive design.
I believe good design creates better experiences that can ultimately change people’s behavior.
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*Chatterjee is short for Chattopadhyay, also the Anglicized variant of the original Sanskrit.
Ja Eun successfully defended her Ph.D. Congratulations, Dr. Ja Eun Yu!
Ja Eun’s paper shows that reducing the search space on demand helps older adults find mobile UI features quickly (conditionally accepted at ACM CHI 2024).
Hasti’s paper on modeling senior technology learning preferences was accepted at the MobileHCI conference.
Ja Eun was awarded the College of Engineering Graduate Student Award for Exceptional Research Promise.
Hasti’s paper discussing a cross-cultural study of relational maintenance in tech caregiving was accepted as an LBW at the ACM CHI conference.
Hasti successfully defended her prelims proposal.
Ja Eun’s paper on making feature-rich mobile UIs accessible to older users was accepted at the ACM CHI conference.
I am teaching CS 594, UX research methods in Spring. Enrollment is capped at 40.
Ja Eun successfully defended her prelims proposal.
Pantea successfully defended her prelims proposal.
I am teaching CS 422, UI design and development, this Fall. Enrollment is capped at 61.
Nina’s paper reviewing smartphone fact-checking apps was accepted at the ACM MobileHCI conference.