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Microsoft Research
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Redmond, WA 98052
United States of America

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Professional Biography

I am a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, where I manage the Computational User Experiences group in Redmond, Washington. I also hold an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

My research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Mobile Computing, and Healthcare. I spend large chunks of my time applying signal processing and machine learning to recognizing noisy signals, specifically those in or on the human body, and using them in interesting ways. However, I have pretty varied interests and have worked on projects in many other domains.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, after which I spent a couple of years building bridges and blowing things up in the Singapore Armed Forces. I later returned to Carnegie Mellon University, where I worked with Randy Pausch and earned my PhD in Computer Science in 2004.

I was honored as one of MIT Technology Review's 2007 Young Innovators Under 35 for my work on brain-computer interfaces and a 2012 Kavli Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences. I was named one of SciFi Channel's Young Visionaries at TED 2009, as well as Forbes' Revolutionaries: Radical Thinkers and their World-Changing Ideas for my work on Whole Body Computing. Among other service roles, I have served as Technical Program Chair for CHI 2008 and well as General Chair for CHI 2011.

I am amazingly fortunate to have a family that supports (or at least tolerates) my crazy work habits, and it is great that my wife Angela and kids Ayden and Zachary are always there when I come up for air.