Bjoern Hartmann

10 Feb, 2015

Bjoern Hartmann

Bjoern Hartmann's group juggles about 8-10 projects per year, so for an up-to-date list of what he's working on, visit


My research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on novel design, prototyping, and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing. My group investigates how better software and hardware can facilitate the exploration of interactive devices that leverage novel form factors and technologies (e.g., sensors and actuators). We also investigate how software can help students, designers, and makers to learn and share their expertise online. Methodologically, my group predominantly focuses on systems research: we contribute complex, working interactive systems that embody our research ideas and enable us to test specific hypotheses. However, I also appreciate (and we conduct) careful, controlled experiments. I am a Qualcomm Faculty Fellow and have received an NSF CAREER award, Sloan fellowship, and Okawa research award. Our group has received multiple best paper prizes at top HCI conferences like CHI and UIST for our work.

About Bjoern

I am a co-founder and co-director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, a teaching lab built around experiential, project-based learning of engineering design. We use a wide variety of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools. The lab serves as inspiration and testbed for many our research projects. I'm looking forward to scale our teaching model at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the future, where I am serving as Chief Technology Officer. I also co-direct two research centers: the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Swarm Lab and I spend time with great colleagues at the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Visual Computing Lab, and the Cal Design Lab. I received my PhD from the Stanford Computer Science department in 2009 where I worked with Scott Klemmer (dissertation). I received an MSE in Computer and Information Science as well as Undergraduate Degrees in Digital Media Design and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.