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University of Michigan School of Information

Robin Brewer

Robin Brewer

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 734/615-1299
Office: School of Information/4372 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


I completed my PhD at Northwestern University, advised by Anne Marie Piper. As a PhD student I was awarded the Segal Design Fellowship, GEM Fellowship, Google UNCF Scholarship, and NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. Also, during my studies, I worked as a User Experience Researcher at Microsoft Research, Facebook, and IBM.

Areas of interest

Accessibility (older adults and people with vision impairments)
Voice-based interfaces
Online communities and social computing
Motivation for online participation and engagement in online communities (e.g. blogging, crowd work platforms)
Autonomous vehicles and navigation


BS Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park

MS Human-Centered Computing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 

PhD Technology and Social Behavior, Northwestern University


UMSI at CSCW 2021
UMSI researchers to present award-winning research at 2021 CSCW

UMSI faculty and students are presenting nearly thirty papers at the 2021 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).

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Silver Center
Virtual senior center helps older adults in Detroit connect while social distancing

A team of University of Michigan researchers from the School of Information, School of Public Health and School of Social Work have partnered with Methodist Children's Home Society to evaluate call-in classes for seniors offered by the Silver Center. 

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