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Robin Brewer

Robin Brewer

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] 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


"Eight UMSI faculty earn NSF CAREER and DARPA awards" inside a laurel leaf half circle. Words that describe their research float on the opposite side, including human-centered, voice technology, privacy, justice, Parsons problems, marginalized communities, disinformation, and social media.
Eight UMSI Faculty Celebrate Distinguished Early Career Awards

Since 2020, eight UMSI faculty members have earned some of the field’s most significant awards for their research endeavors. UMSI recently celebrated their achievements and heard research updates from the awardees.

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Headshot of Robin Brewer. "National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Robin Brewer, Assistant Professor, UMSI logo."
Robin Brewer receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

Robin Brewer was awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER award for her research on making voice technology better for older adults. 

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