willodom-image-padded_long-paddingI am a human-computer interaction design researcher interested in designing and studying technology that positively shapes the human condition in terms of (i) supporting personal growth, enjoyment, and meaning making (ii) as well as facilitating change capable of crafting viable human and environmental futures. My background spans interaction design, informatics, and folklore/ethnomusicology. I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. I co-direct the Everyday Design Studio with  Ron Wakkary. I previously held the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (see university-wide and departmental press releases). My Banting fellow research was also based in at Simon Fraser University. I am also a 2015/16 Design United Visiting Research Fellow where I collaborate with researchers in industrial design departments at universities in the Netherlands, such as Eindhoven University of Technology.

I hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where I was advised by John Zimmerman and Jodi Forlizzi. I have completed two wonderful internships at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the Socio-Digital Systems group (now Human Experience & Design). Before my PhD research, I was a Fulbright Scholar in the design department at the Griffith University Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia where I collaborated with Dr. Tony Fry in the Design Futures graduate program. I also studied interaction design at Indiana University where I was advised by Eli Blevis and Erik Stolterman.

My work is published in over 40 peer-reviewed publications at top-tier venues including ACM CHI, DIS, Ubicomp, CSCW, and Creativity and Cognition, where it has received four best paper awards (CHI’11, Ubicomp’11, DIS’12, CHI’14) and five best paper honorable mention awards (CHI’10, CHI’13, CHI ’16, DIS’16, DIS ’16). Please see my CV or Google Scholar page for more details. I am also the winner of the Imagine Cup 2008 international design competition, the CHI 2008 graduate student research competition, and co-recipient of the 2011 Silver International Design Excellence Award for Design Research from the Industrial Designers Society of America.