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Orit Shaer

Orit Shaer is Professor of Computer Science and Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College. She found and directs the Wellesley College Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab. Her research focuses on next generation user interfaces including virtual and augmented reality, tangible, gestural, tactile, and multi touch interaction. Current projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by industry grants include the design and evaluation of novel human-machine interfaces for supporting productivity in highly-automated vehicles, the development of new interactive visualizations for personal -omics, and the conceptualization and prototyping of computational tools for enhancing learning and innovation in bio-design. Shaer received her PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Tufts University. She has been a research fellow in the Design Machine Group at the University of Washington and in the University College London Interaction Center.

Dr Shaer is a Senior Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and a recipient of several NSF and industry awards including the prestigious NSF CAREER Award, Agilent Technologies Research Award, and Google App Engine Education Award. At Wellesley she was awarded the Pinanski Prize for Excellent Teaching. Dr Shaer has served on dozens of program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including NSF division of Computers in Science and Engineering, ACM CHI, CSCW, UIST, and TEI conferences, and the editorial board of Foundations and Trends in Human Computer Interaction. She has recently served as co-Program Chair for ACM TEI 2020.




September 2021, founded together with Andrew Kun, a new symposium on Human-Computer Interaction for Work: CHIWORK

May 2021, published a new IEEE Pervasive education column titled: Teaching Tangible Interaction Remotely During COVID-19: Transcending Physical Boundaries

May 2021, taught a new course on Human-Computer Interaction in the Age of Automation

April 2020, co-organizing a series of online conversations on the Future of Work. Here is a list of past and upcoming events.

April 2020, spoke in a panel organized by ERC Amplify on How to make remote HCI teaching useful, engaging and exciting?

June 2019, co-organized a Dagstuhl seminar on Ubiquitous Computing Education: Why, What and How. Here is a repository of living documents.

March 2019, was awarded a Senior Member recognition by the ACM.

September 2018, received two new collaborative NSF grants.

June 2018, gave a talk at Boston CHI about Experiencing Personal Genomes.

May 2018, working on a new book "Experiencing Personal Genomes: How human-centered computing transforms people’s interaction with personal genomics" with Oded Nov (NYU) and Mad Ball (Open Humans), to be published Fall 2019 by Cambridge University Press.