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Amy Karlson

Amy Karlson

I was a research scientist in the Computational User Experiences (CUE) Group at MSR from 2007-2012. My research background is in Human-Computer Interaction, with an emphasis on interface design and interaction techniques for mobile devices, and particularly those that support one-handed thumb interaction with touchscreens. My most recent research explored the use of mobile devices to help people learn about and manage their health. I have also investigated ways to improve cross-device (mobile to PC, and PC to PC) user experiences.

Project Areas

Mobile Health Applications

I most recently investigated ways that mobile devices can help people learn about and manage various aspects of their health. (Patient Friendly Medical Information Displays, AnatOnMe, AffectAura)

Cross-Device User Experiences

We have explored interfaces and infrastuctures for supporting activities that cross the boundaries between users multiple PCs and mobile phones.  (Project Page

Mobile Phone Interaction Techniques

Mobile phones impose unique constraints upon computing activities which inspire the development of novel ways to interact with data and devices. (Project Page)


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Short Bio

I hold a B.A. and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. At the University of Maryland, College Park, I was a member of the Human Computer Interaction Lab, and was advised by Dr. Ben Bederson. Prior to earning my Ph.D., I worked for several years as a research scientist in the Milton Eisenhower Research Center of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.