James Landay is an Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, specializing in human-computer interaction. He is the holder of the Short-Dooley Career Development Professorship. He was also the founder of the interdisciplinary dub institute at the University of Washington. From 2003 through 2006 he was also the Laboratory Director of Intel Research Seattle, a university affiliated research lab exploring ubiquitous computing. His current research interests include Automated Usability Evaluation, Demonstrational Interfaces, Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing, User Interface Design Tools, and Web Design. He is spending his 2009-2010 sabbatical at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. Landay received his B.S. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1990 and M.S. and Ph.D. in CS from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation was the first to demonstrate the use of sketching in user interface design tools. He was also the chief scientist and co-founder of NetRaker, the first commercial firm to offer remote usability evaluation tools over the Internet. In 1997 he joined the faculty in EECS at UC Berkeley, leaving as a tenured Associate Professor in 2003. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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