Orit Shaer

Orit Shaer is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College. She directs the Wellesley College HCI Lab. This academic year, Dr Shaer is a Visiting Professor at Olin College of Engineering.  Her research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on tangible, tabletop, and mobile interaction as well as on computer-supported collaborative learning. Her current projects include the design and evaluation of a tabletop user interface for genomic research , and the development of computational tools for enhancing innovation in bio-design. Dr Shaer is a recipient of several National Science Foundation and industry research awards including the prestigious NSF CAREER Award. She received her PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Tufts University. She has been a research fellow in the Design Machine Group at the University of Washington and in the University College London Interaction Center.


Dr Shaer served as a co-Chair of the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2012 conference and of the TEI 2012 Graduate Students Consortium. She has served as a program co-chair of TEI 2010 and has also been a program committee member for several other top HCI conferences.