Björn Hartmann

Photo by Alex Greenspan


May 2019: Graduations

Amy Pavel completed her PhD; Kunal Chaudhary and James Smith completed their MS degrees.

December 2019: Graduations

Will McGrath completed his PhD. Corten Singer completed his MS.

May 2018: CHI Papers

We will present three papers on code examples, API visualization, and spatial awareness aids at CHI 2018 in Montreal.

Contact info

Office: 220A Jacobs Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

Office Hours: Summer'19: by appointment
t: @bjo3rn, p: +1-415-868-5720
Admin: Aleta Martinez,
RSO: Miriam Kader,


Curriculum Vitae, Recent Talk Info
Archived Faculty Application Materials

I am an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. My research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on novel design, prototyping, and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing. My group investigates how better software and hardware can facilitate the exploration of interactive devices that leverage novel form factors and technologies (e.g., sensors and actuators). We also investigate how software can help students, designers, and makers to learn and share their expertise online. Methodologically, my group predominantly focuses on systems research: we contribute complex, working interactive systems that embody our research ideas and enable us to test specific hypotheses. However, I also appreciate (and we conduct) careful, controlled experiments. I am a Qualcomm Faculty Fellow and have received an NSF CAREER award, Sloan fellowship, and Okawa research award. My group predominantly publishes at the top HCI conferences UIST, CHI and CSCW. We also publish in more topic-specific venues like DIS, ICSE, VL/HCC, and Learning@Scale. Our work has received multiple best paper prizes at these conferences.

I am the Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, a new undergraduate teaching institute focused on hands-on, human-centered design. Previously, I co-founded the CITRIS Invention Lab, a lab equipped with many digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools. The lab serves as inspiration and testbed for many our research projects. I am also involved in the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Swarm Lab. I spend time with great colleagues at the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Visual Computing Lab. I received my PhD from the Stanford Computer Science department in 2009 where I worked with Scott Klemmer (dissertation). I received an MSE in Computer and Information Science as well as Undergraduate Degrees in Digital Media Design and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Thinking about applying for a PhD/Masters/Internship/PostDoc in HCI at Berkeley?
Do not email me directly about your application or request - I cannot respond to every message. Read this advice instead.

Undergraduate Cal Student interested in (Interface) Design?
The Course Thread in Human-Centered Design which I co-initiated lists relevant courses across the university as well as reading materials. You may also want to get involved in Berkeley Innovation, a student-run design group. In Computer Science, you should take CS160. If you did well and want to deepen your understanding of HCI research and practice, sign up for CS260B or CS294-84 (Interactive Device Design). If you have completed either of these courses with outstanding results, come to my office hours to talk about undergraduate research opportunities. You can also look for projects my group has posted on Beehive.

Recent Papers

For a full list, see my profiles on: Google Scholar, ACM DL, or Microsoft Academic Search.

Recent Press


Students & Collaborators


PhD: James Smith, J.D. Zamfirescu, Bala Kumaravel, Jeremy Warner, Eldon Schoop, Andrew Head
Masters: Stephanie Daffara


PostDoc: Elena Glassman (@Harvard) Gustavo Soares'17 (@Microsoft), David Mellis'16 (@Autodesk), John MacCallum'16 (@INRIA), Mozziyar Etemadi'14 (w/ Shuvo Roy, MD PhD, @Northwestern)
PhD: Amy Pavel (w/ M. Agrawala, CMU Postdoc), Will McGrath'19 (Stanford CS, Google), Valkyrie Savage'16 (Dissertation,Startup), Peggy Chi'16 (Dissertation, Research Scientist at Google), Lora Oehlberg '12 (ME, w/ A. Agogino, Asst Prof, Calgary), Kenrick Kin'12 (EECS, w/ M. Agrawala, @Oculus)
Master's: Kunal Chaudhary'19, James Smith'19 (@Berkeley PhD), Corten Singer'18, Michelle Nguyen'16 (@Trifacta), Alvin Yuan'15 (@Shopkick), Manas Mittal'14 (@Google), Wei Wu'13 (@Yelp), Philipp Gutheim'12 (@MobileWorks,Google), Drew Fisher'12 (w/ D. Wagner, @AeroFS)
Other grad: Julie Newcomb (UW, w/ R. Bodik), Ben Zhang (EECS, primary: E. Lee), D Coetzee'15 (EECS, primary: A. Fox), Kurtis Heimerl (EECS, primary: E. Brewer), Shiry Ginosar (now PhD w/ A. Efros), Anand Kulkarni (IEOR, primary: J. Shewchuck, CEO @MobileWorks)
Undergraduates: Tomas Vega'17, Michelle Chang, Mitchell Karchemsky'18, Jingyi Li'16, Eldon Schoop'16, Claire Tuna, Mark Dhillon (@Madison MS), Matthew Chan (@Irvine PhD), Matthew Can (@Stanford PhD), Vidya Ramesh (@Stanford MS), Brandon Liu (@Square), Charlie Hsu (@Twilio), Kyu Simm (@LifeCheck)
External: Manuel Kallenbach'11 (RWTH Aachen, MS, w/ Jan Borchers), Denis Bouchinet'12 (Paris Sud, w/ Michel Beaudouin-Lafon)
SUPERB: Mary Beth Kery'13 (Wellesley), Christie Dierk'13 (Elon, now @Berkeley PhD), Jasmine Jones'11 (UMBC, now @Michigan PhD), Kehontas Rowe'11 (Mills College), Bella Manoim'10 (Bard College)

In Memoriam

Tim Campbell, Floraine Berthouzoz, David Dornfeld, David Wessel.

Recent Collaborators

Maneesh Agrawala (Stanford), Paul Wright (Berkeley), Tapan Parikh (Berkeley), Alice Agogino (Berkeley), Ras Bodik (Washington), Armando Fox (Berkeley), Marti Hearst (Berkeley), Tovi Grossman (Autodesk), George Fitzmaurice (Autodesk), Jan Borchers (RWTH Aachen), Steven Dow (CMU), Yang Li (Google), Kurt Luther (CMU), Scott Klemmer (PhD advisor - Stanford), Tony DeRose (Pixar), Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Univ. Paris), Wendy Mackay (INRIA), Lora Oehlberg (INRIA), Wesley Willett (INRIA), Mira Dontcheva (Adobe), Wilmot Li (Adobe), Gautham Mysore (Adobe), Dan Goldman (Adobe), Sean Follmer (Stanford), Loris D'Antoni (Madison), Rajeev Alur (UPenn), Mahesh Viswanathan (UIUC), Sumit Gulwani (MSR).