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Orit Shaer

Orit Shaer is the Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Computer Science and co-director of the 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. She chaired the ACM conference on Interactive Surfaces and Tabletops 2012.




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.

May 2017, new NSF IRES grant with Andrew Kun (UNH) "US-German research on HCI in ubicomp", which funds students to conduct summer research with Albrecht Schmidt and Susanne Boll.

August 2016, new NSF-funded collaborative project with Tufts' Dev Tech group: "Making the Invisible Tangible: Reimagining Science Education in Kindergarten through Reality-Based Interfaces".

May 2016, our workshop on Tangible Interaction for Health was held at CHI 2016, in San Jose, CA.

March 2016, my piece Beyond ‘Pink’ Games: Industry and Academia Must Work Together To Engage Women Gamers and Developers appeared in the Huffington Post.

February 2016, I was the keynote speaker for IsraCHI.

January 2016, our paper GenomiX: A Novel Interaction Tool for Self-Exploration of Personal Genomic Data was accepted to CHI 2016.

November 2015, NSF awarded a computing infrastructre grant for our new advanced interactive visualization facility.

November 2015, I shared book recommendation with Interactions Magazine - What Are You Reading.

September 2015, our collaborative iGEM team with the Tech Museum of Innovation was awarded Gold Medal for the project BackPack for New Frontiers.

August 2015, our paper on the impact of integrating social commenting to online consent forms was accepted to CSCW 2016.

May 2015, our paper Informing the Design of Direct-to-Consumer Interactive Personal Genomics Reports, in collaboration with Harvard's Personal Genome Progect, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

March 2015, a new and exciting collaboration with The Tech Museum of Innovation . Developing a new interactive exhibit about bio-design. We will also co-instruct a collaborative iGEM 2015 team.

September 2014, our Interactions Magazine article on HCI for Personal Genomics is now available online.

August 2014, NSF awarded a CHS grant for our project Human-computer interaction for personal genomics: understanding, informing, and empowering users.

June 2014, Wellesley Human-Computer Interaction Lab has a new blog where student researchers write about their projects and share their experiences.

May 2014, Wellesley Human-Computer Interaction Lab is featured in Interactions: A day in the Lab - WHCI.

February 2014, Our CHI 2014 paper on Exploring the Design Space of Gestural Interaction with Active Tokens through User-Defined Gestures has received Best Paper Award Honorable Mention (awarded to top 5% of papers).