Geschke Chair and Director & Professor of the HCII
Jodi Forlizzi holds interdisciplinary appointments as associate professor both in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design and its Human-Computer Interaction Institute. She teaches graduate level courses in advanced interface and interaction design. She is interested in how people experience products, in order to develop a theory of experience as it relates to interaction design. She conducts research on how technology can bring people new kinds of experiences, beyond those traditionally associated with human-computer interaction.
Forlizzi’s research interests include assistive, social, and aesthetic technology products and systems, and notification systems that range from ambient displays to avatars and embodied robots. Her current research projects include product ecology, designing for co-experience, What is Design Research within HCI?, The Project on People and Robots, The MOVE System: Maps Optimized for Vehicular Environments, ambient and peripheral displays, and When the Interface is Your Face.
Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Forlizzi held positions as Innovator and Project Manager for E-Lab in Chicago, where she specialized in research for new product design. She also performed design research at the Novum Design Center, and prior to that was an information designer at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder of Inks Creative Services.
She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art, an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, and a PhD in Design in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science.