Leah Findlater, PhD
Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington
PhD, Computer Science, University of British Columbia
MS, Computer Science, University of British Columbia
BS, Computer Science, University of Regina
Leah Findlater is an assistant professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). Her research focuses on ensuring that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies meet the needs of the broadest range of users. A major theme in her work is on designing new interfaces and interactions to improve technologies for people with visual or motor impairments.
Before joining HCDE in September 2017, Dr. Findlater was an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. There, she directed the Inclusive Design Lab, whose mission is to lower barriers to technology use and information access for people with a range of physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities.
Findlater has published 60 papers in top-tier academic venues, nine of which have been recognized with Best Paper or Honorable Mention awards at ACM CHI. She holds an NSF CAREER Award and her research is funded by NSF, the Department of Defense, Nokia and Google. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.