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University of Michigan School of Information


Four new assistant professors join faculty this fall

Friday, 08/26/2016

Four new assistant professors will join the School of Information faculty in fall 2016. These researchers and educators bring additional breadth and depth to the school’s academic programs, with research interests that include human-computer interaction (HCI), ubiquitous computing, crowdsourcing, privacy issues, the Internet of Things and information visualization.

Matthew Kay holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington. He works in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and information visualization. His interests include applications with everyday impact, in fields such as health, weather forecasting, sensing in the home and transit prediction. He has interned at Microsoft Research and Intel. His undergraduate degree in computer science was earned at the University of Waterloo (Ont.) and he holds two master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Waterloo and the University of Washington.

In fall 2016, he will be teaching SI 649, Information Visualization.

Michael Nebeling comes to UMSI from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a visiting researcher in HCI. He holds a PhD in computer science from ETH Zurich, a diplom in media computer science from Ulm University and an honors degree in information technology and systems from Monash University. His research interests are human-computer interaction, user interface engineering, ubiquitous computing and crowdsourcing. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he was a senior researcher in the Global Information Systems Group and a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich.

In Fall 2016 he will be teaching SI 482, Interaction Design Studio.

Stephen Oney was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UMSI in 2015 and begins an assistant professorship starting in fall 2016. His research aims to lower the barriers to creating computer applications by creating new computer programming tools. He earned his doctorate at Carnegie Mellon in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. He holds a B.S. in computer science and math and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT.

He will be teaching SI 106, Programs, Information and People and SI 506, Programming I, in fall 2016.

Florian Schaub earned his PhD at the University of Ulm (Germany) in 2013 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon from 2014-2016. His research interests span HCI, privacy, mobile and ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things. His primary research concerns empowering users to effectively manage their privacy in complex socio-technical systems. He holds a bachelor in information technology from Deakin University in Australia and a Diplom Medieninformatik (equivalent to an M.Sc) from Ulm.

- UMSI News Service