The past year has presented unprecedented challenges for members of the UIST community, as we’ve all struggled to take care of ourselves, our families, and their mental, physical, and financial well-being. Making “normal” research progress was difficult — or impossible — for many. For those of you who were aiming to submit to UIST 2021 and were not able to do so, please don’t be discouraged: the next set of submission deadlines will be here soon enough. The work we do together is important, but there are more important things in life than producing papers.
For those of you who…
2020 was a Dickensian year for me: it was the worst of times, it was the best of times. It was the year of the pandemic, widespread civil injustice, raging forest fires, and an election that tested the fabric of American democracy. It was also the year I got tenure.
A close mentor at MIT once told me, “tenure shouldn’t exist…so if you get it, never give it up.” Academic tenure is one of the last, inviolate bastions of intellectual freedom in modern society. I’m extremely lucky — and privileged — to be granted the opportunities it affords.
Associate Professor of Computer Science @ the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chief Research Scientist at UserTesting. Stanford BS & PhD.