Björn Hartmann

Photo by Alex Greenspan


June 2021: Congratulations grads and alums, welcome summer interns

Congratulations to Valkyrie Savage, who will join the faculty at the University of Copenhagen; and Andrew Head, who will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Congrats to Nidhi for finishing her MS. Welcome to summer research interns Imran Sekalala, Xinyun Cao, Xinyi Zhu, Xingtai Huang, Cyrus Vaccha, Frederick Kim and Erin Kraemer.

September 2020: Welcome new graduate students, UIST

Welcome Shm Garanganao Almeda (PhD) and Nidhi Kakulawaram (MS). We will present two papers on TransceiVR (lead: Bala) and Polymorphic Blocks (lead: Richard) at UIST.

June 2020: Undergraduate summer interns

Omotara Oloye and Erin Kraemer are joining the group as Berkeley Engineering Design Scholars; and Sam Childers is joining through the Transfer To Excellence program.

May 2020: Graduations

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Head for completing his PhD and to Stephanie Daffara for finishing her MS.

Contact info

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

Office Hours: TBD
t: @bjo3rn, p: +1-415-868-5720
Admin: Aleta Martinez,
RSO: Amy Frithsen,


Curriculum Vitae, Recent Talk Info
Archived Faculty Application Materials, Advice for Current and Prospective Students

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 hold the Paul and Judy Gray Alumni Presidential Chair in Engineering Excellence, was previously 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?
Take a look at the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation which has many relevant courses across the university. The Jacobs Institute's courses page is a another helpful resource. 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.

Recent Papers

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

(Not so) Recent Press


Students & Collaborators


PhD: Shm Garanganao Almeda, James Smith, J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira, Bala Kumaravel, Jeremy Warner, Eldon Schoop, Richard Lin (w/ Elad Alon)


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: Andrew Head'20 (w/ M. Hearst, Faculty, UPenn), Amy Pavel'19 (w/ M. Agrawala, Dissertation, CMU Postdoc), Will McGrath'19 (w/ P. Levis, Dissertation, Google), Valkyrie Savage'16 (Dissertation, Faculty, U Copenhagen), Peggy Chi'16 (Dissertation, Research Scientist at Google), Lora Oehlberg '12 (ME, w/ A. Agogino, Faculty, U Calgary), Kenrick Kin'12 (EECS, w/ M. Agrawala, @Oculus)

Master's: Nidhi Kakulawaram'21 (MS Report), Stephanie Daffara (MS Report, @Pixar), Kunal Chaudhary'19 (MS Report), James Smith'19 (MS Report, @Berkeley PhD), Corten Singer'18 (MS Report), Michelle Nguyen'16 (MS Report, @Trifacta), Alvin Yuan'15 (MS Report, @Shopkick), Manas Mittal'14 (@Google), Wei Wu'13 (@Yelp), Philipp Gutheim'12 (@MobileWorks,Google), Drew Fisher'12 (w/ D. Wagner, @AeroFS)

Secondary co-advising: Julie Newcomb (UW, primary: 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: Woojin Ko'21 (@Cornell PhD), 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)

Summer interns: Mary Beth Kery'13 (SUPERB, Wellesley, now @CMU PhD), Christie Dierk'13 (SUPERB, Elon, now @Berkeley PhD), Jasmine Jones'11 (SUPERB, UMBC, now @Michigan PhD), Kehontas Rowe'11 (SUPERB, Mills College), Bella Manoim'10 (SUPERB, 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).