Jeff came to Brown in 2013 after receiving his PhD and Master of Science in Information Science from University of Washington at Seattle. He also worked in various industry positions over the course of a decade, including Senior Software Engineer at Yahoo and co-founder of WorldBlender, a Techstars-funded startup, and he holds a record with ten tech internships at Google, Microsoft, and Motorola.
Alexandra Papoutsaki, one of Jeff's doctoral advisees, is now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Pomona College, and she's delighted by the news. "The first thing that pops in my mind," she says, "is that he's an incredibly kind human, always seeing the best in the people around him. Jeff gave me the room to grow and experiment and was always willing to help me and encourage me during our meetings. Seeing how he approaches research was eye-opening: he pursues hard questions that have a larger societal impact instead of looking for immediate gratification and the easy road. His energy in the classroom is palpable and infectious and I often look to his dedication to high-quality teaching for inspiration for my own teaching. Even after my graduation, he's always there for me: sharing teaching and research material and offering his perspective on how to navigate my career."
Jeff's Brown HCI research group specializes in creating personalized applications from remotely-captured user behavior data. Some of their recent projects include Sochiatrist (a social extractor that automatically dumps and anonymizes social communication data and combines it with biomarker data and qualitative interviews done by clinical researchers to find correlations), Self-E (a guided self-experimentation app), and WebGazer (an eye tracking library that uses common webcams to infer the eye-gaze locations of web visitors on a page in real time).
In addition to giving more than twenty invited talks over the past five years, Jeff has served as Conference Program Chair of CHIIR 2018, Conference Track Chair of SIGIR 2018, Conference Local Chair of WSDM 2012, and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Some of his recent honors include an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, being chosen as a CHIIR 2017 Best Paper Finalist, and an NSF CAREER Award.
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