We have continually evolved computing to not only be more efficient, but also more accessible, more of the time (and place), and to more people. We have progressed from batch computing with punch cards, to interactive command line systems, to mouse-based graphical user interfaces, and more recently to mobile computing. Each of these paradigm shifts has drastically changed the way we use technology for work and life, often in unpredictable and profound ways. With the…
A.J. Bernheim Brush's research area is Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on Ubiquitous Computing and Computer Supported Collaboration (CSCW). Currently embedded in a Microsoft product group since January 2016, she spent the previous 11 years in Microsoft Research. A.J. is most well known for her research on technologies for families and her expertise conducting field studies of technology. She co-led MSR's Lab of Things project, a flexible open-sourced platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes and beyond. She has built and deployed numerous sensing systems into homes. She is a Senior Member of the ACM and was honored with a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the 2010 Borg Early Career Award from the CRA-W. Her research has received a 10-year impact award, 2 best paper awards, and several best paper nominations. A.J. was co-general chair of UbiComp 2014, serves on the UbiComp Steering Committee and is a current board member and former co-chair of CRA-W. A.J. also serves regularly on Program Committees for many conferences including UbiComp, Pervasive, CHI, and CSCW.
Established: November 28, 2016
Repetitive strain injuries and ergonomics concerns have become increasingly significant health issues as a growing number of individuals frequently use computers for long periods of time. Currently, limited software mechanisms exist for managing ergonomics; the most well-known are "break-reminder" packages that schedule and recommend typing breaks. Yet despite the proven benefits of taking breaks, such packages are rarely adopted due to the over-head of introducing periodic interruptions into a user.s workflow. In this paper, we…
Established: March 25, 2015
We envision a future Internet of Things where every human-created artifact in the world that uses electricity will be connected to the internet. We are creating new experiences and technologies for the coming convergence of digital and physical systems enabled in this future.
Established: September 13, 2014
EmotoCouch is a prototype exploring how furniture could be augmented as part of a smart home. It uses lights, patterns, and haptics to explore possibilities for interactive furniture. Specifically, EmotoCouch was designed to explore how effectively furniture could convey a range of emotions to people around it. We used the Circumplex model of emotion to identify six emotions to covey that span the range of valence and arousal (see below). Based on initial studies and…
Established: March 2, 2011
Home heating uses more energy than any other residential energy expenditure, making increasing the efficiency of home heating an important goal for saving money and protecting the environment. We have built a home-heating system, PreHeat, that automatically programs your thermostat based on when you are home. PreHeat’s goal is to reduce the amount of time a household’s thermostat needs to be on without compromising the comfort of household members. PreHeat System PreHeat builds a predictive…
EVHomeShifter: Evaluating Intelligent Techniques for Using Electrical Vehicle Batteries to Shift When Homes Draw Energy from the GridA.J. Brush, John Krumm, Sidhant Gupta, Shwetak Patel, ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, September 1, 2015,
The Latency, Accuracy, and Battery (LAB) Abstraction: Programmer Productivity and Energy Efficiency for Continuous Mobile Context SensingAman Kansal, Scott Saponas, A.J. Brush, Todd Mytkowicz, Kathryn S McKinley, in OOPSLA, ACM, October 31, 2013,
Goldilocks and the Two Mobile Devices: Going Beyond All-Or-Nothing Access to a Device’s ApplicationsEiji Hayashi, Oriana Riva, Karin Strauss, A.J. Brush, Stuart Schechter, in Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security, ACM, July 12, 2012,
Your Phone or Mine?: Fusing Body, Touch and Device Sensing for Multi-User Device-Display InteractionStewart Tansley, Andy Wilson, A.J. Brush, in CHI '12 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, May 5, 2012,
Exploring End User Preferences for Location Obfuscation, Location-Based Services, and the Value of LocationA.J. Brush, John Krumm, James Scott, in Proceedings of UbiComp 2010, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., September 1, 2010,
DocuDesk: An Interactive Surface for Creating and Rehydrating Many-to-Many Linkages among Paper and Digital DocumentsKatherine Everitt, Meredith Ringel Morris, A.J. Brush, Andy Wilson, in 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human Computer Systems, 2008. TABLETOP 2008., IEEE Computer Society, October 28, 2008,
Did You Leave the Calendar On? Exploring trade-offs between availability and power consumption in the homeA.J. Brush, in UbiComp 2007 Workshop: Ubiquitous Sustainability, September 16, 2007,
September 13, 2014
July 15, 2013
AJ Brush, Arjmand Samuel, Kamin Whitehouse, and Ratul Mahajan
University of Virginia, Microsoft Research, MSR Redmond
July 15, 2013
January 1, 2008
Kori Inkpen, A.J. Brush
November 1, 2006
Check out Lab of Things, a flexible platform for research that uses connected devices in homes. My closing keynote at SIGCSE 2014 describes why we built LoT, what the platform includes, and has case studies of folks using LoT.
My research area is Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on Ubiquitous Computing and Computer Supported Cooperative Work. I study and build technology for homes and families. My current focus is home automation as co-leader of the Lab of Things project which was built on HomeOS. I have studied home heating, mobile context-aware applications for activity recognition and location sharing, reducing email overload, interacting with technology beyond the desktop, and annotations for asynchronous collaboration. I am a Senior Member of the ACM and was honored to receive a Borg Early Career Award in 2010. Her research has received a 10-year impact award, 2 best paper awards, and several best paper nominations. A.J. was co-general chair of UbiComp 2014, serves on the UbiComp Steering Committee and is a current board member and former co-chair of CRA-W. A.J. also serves regularly on Program Committees for many conferences including UbiComp, Pervasive, CHI, and CSCW
I graduated summa cum laude from Williams College in 1996 with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in Sept 2002 and I have been at Microsoft Research since 2004. My CV has more details.
- EVHomeShifter: evaluating intelligent techniques for using electrical vehicle batteries to shift when homes draw energy from the grid. A.J. Bernheim Brush, John Krumm, Sidhant Gupta, Shwetak Patel, UbiComp 2015
- BodyPods: Designing Posture Sensing Chairs for Capturing and Sharing Implicit Interactions, Dimitris Papanikolaou, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Asta Roseway, TEI 2015
- Health chair: implicitly sensing heart and respiratory rate. Erin Griffiths, T. Scott Saponas, A.J. Bernheim Brush, UbiComp 2014
- Finding roles for interactive furniture in homes with EmotoCouch, Sarah Mennicken, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Asta Roseway, James Scott, UbiComp 2014 Adjunct Proceedings.
- Home Computing Unplugged: Why, Where and When People Use Different Connected Devices at Home, Fahim Kawsar, A.J. Bernheim Brush, UbiComp 2013
- “You’re Capped!” Understanding the Effects of Bandwidth Caps on Broadband Use in the Home Marshini Chetty, Richard Banks, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Jonathan Donner, Rebecca E. Grinter, CHI 2012
- It’s Use by Us: Family Friendly Access Control A.J. Bernheim Brush, Technology for Today’s Family Workshop at CHI 2012
- While the Meter is Running: Computing in a Capped World Marshini Chetty, Richard Banks, A.J. Brush, Jonathan Donner, and Rebecca E. Grinter, Interactions Volume 18, Issue 2
- A.J. Bernheim Brush, “Ubiquitous Computing Field Studies”, in John Krumm (ed), Ubiquitous Computing Fundamentals, 2009, pp. 161-202.
- “The Calendar is Crucial”: Coordination and Awareness through the Family Calendar Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Saul Greenberg, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Vol 16, Issue 1, April 2009, Also joint MSR Research Tech. Report and Dept. of Computer Science at University of Calgary Tech. Report. MSR-TR-2006-66.
- A Digital Family Calendar in the Home: Lessons from Field Trials of LINC Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Saul Greenberg, Graphics Interface 2007. Related technical report: LINC in the Home: Field Trials of a Digital Family Calendar, MSR-TR-2006-66
- Designs for Home Life A.J. Bernheim Brush, Leysia Palen, Laurel Swan and Alex S. Taylor, SIG at CHI 2005.
- Terminology and Evaluation: Two Challenges for Awareness Systems Research A.J. Bernheim Brush, Position paper for CHI 2005 Workshop on Awareness Systems: Known Results, Theory, Concepts and Future Challenges.
- ‘Today’ Messages: Lightweight Support for Small Group Awareness via Email A.J. Bernheim Brush and Alan Borning, HICSS 2005. (Nominated for a Best Paper Award)
- A Comparison of Synchronous Remote and Local Usability Studies for an Expert Interface A.J. Bernheim Brush, Morgan Ames, and Janet Davis, CHI 2004, 1179-1183.
- ‘Today’ Messages: Lightweight Group Awareness via Email A.J. Bernheim Brush and Alan Borning, CHI 2003 Extended Abstracts, 920-921.
- Annotating Digital Documents for Asynchronous Collaboration A.J. Bernheim Brush, Ph.D. dissertation, Available as UW Computer Science Technical Report 02-09-02.
- Supporting Interaction Outside of Class: Anchored Discussion vs. Discussion Boards A.J. Bernheim Brush, David Bargeron, Jonathan Grudin, Alan Borning, and Anoop Gupta, CSCL 2002, 425-434.
Interns and Students Supervised
- UWHCID Capstone project mentor for the Sound Choice project, Summer 2014, Prototype a smart watch system that translates sounds in the home to tactile and visual cues.
- Dimitris Papanikolaou, Summer 2014, Connected Furniture
- Erin Griffiths, Summer 2013, Healthy Furniture
- Sarah Mennicken, Summer 2013, Interactive Furniture
- Jason Wiese, Summer 2012 (with Scott Saponas) Human activity inference
- Ryder Ziola, Summer 2011 (with Scott Saponas) Human activity inference
- Hong Lu, Summer 2010 (with Bodhi Priyantha, Jie Liu, Amy Karlson) Speech recognition for mobile devices
- Shah Amini, Summer 2010 (with John Krumm, Amy Karlson, Jaime Teevan) Mobile search with destination prediction
- Andres Neyem, Summer 2009 (with Ranveer Chandra) Proximity sensing
- Lana Yarosh, Summer 2009 (with Kori Inkpen) Free play over video by children
- Junius Gunaratne, Spring 2009 Sharing during mobile calls
- Marshini Chetty, Summer 2008 Home computer power management
- Adrienne Andrew, Spring 2008, (with Amy Karlson) Mobile micronote capture using voice and ink
- Serge Egelman, Winter 2008, (with Kori Inkpen) Account management on home computers
- Kate Everitt, Summer 2007, (with Merrie Morris) Linking paper and digital documents
- Andrea Grimes, Summer 2006, Life scheduling and home/work calendar management
- Kimberly Tee, Summer 2006, Spring 2007, Communication and Sharing between extended family members
- Carman Neustaedter, Summer 2004, Summer 2005, LINC, an inkable family calendar
Invited Talks & Recent Professional Activities
- Keynote, Intelligent Environments conference, September 2016
- Closing Keynote, Inventing Technology for Homes and Families, Go, Girl, Go, ICRA 2015. June 2015.
- MPE 2013+ Workshop on Data-aware Energy Use, Lab of Things: An extensible platform for Home Sensing, Data Collection, and Actuation, October 2014.
- UC Berkeley Swarm Lab Seminar, Lab of Things: a Devices Research and Teaching Platform for Home and Beyond, September 2014.
- Closing Keynote, Lab of Things: A Devices Research and Teaching Platform for Home and Beyond, SIGCSE 2014, March 2014, slides
- Keynote, Inventing Technology for Homes & Families, First Caribbean Celebration of Women in Computing (CCWiC 2014), Feb. 2014, slides
- Invited Speaker, Home Automation: Is It Finally Ready for the Mainstream? Williams College CS25 Anniversary, April 2013
- Speaker, Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life, CRA-W Grad Cohort, April 2013
- Speaker, CRA-W CAPP Mentoring Workshop, Nov. 2012
- Faculty Member, Pervasive 2012 Doctoral Consortium, June 2012
- Featured Speaker, CRA-W Distinguished Lecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, April 2012
- Keynote speaker, Phone Sense workshop at ACM SenSys 2011
- Panelist, Home Networking at IEEE Computer Communications Workshop 2011
- Featured Speaker, New York Celebration of Women in Computing 2011
- Faculty Member, Ubicomp 2010 Doctoral Consortium
- Tutorial Instructor at Pervasive 2010, Pervasive Computing User Studies
- Faculty Member, CHI 2009 Doctoral Consortium
- Tutorial Instructor at Pervasive 2008, Field Studies for Pervasive Computing
- Panelist, Ubicomp’s Role in CSCW at CSCW 2008
- Panelist, Interaction and Infrastructure: Crossing the Divide in Ubicomp Research at Ubicomp 2006
Steering and Organizing Committees
- UbiComp 2015 Broadening Participation Workshop, Chair
- Ubicomp 2014 General co-chair
- UbiComp SIGCHI Community chair
- CRA-W Chair, 2014 – current, Board Member 2010
- Joint Ubicomp and Pervasive Steering Committee
- Organizer, HomeSys 2013 workshop at UbiComp 2013
- Editorial Advisory Board Member, International Journal of HCI (Feb. 2008 – Aug. 2011)
- ACM SIGCHI VP for Membership & Communications (2006 – 2009)
- Pervasive 2009 Program Committee co-chair
- Organizer, CSCW 2008 Workshop on Designing for Families
- Ubicomp 2008 Poster Co-Chair
- Organizer, Pervasive 2008 Workshop on Pervasive Computing @ Home
- Group 2007 Workshop Co-chair
- CSCW 2004 Notes Co-Chair
- e-Energy 2015
- CHI 2014, CHI 2012, CHI 2007 Notes
- CSCW 2013, CSCW 2011, CSCW 2008, CSCW 2006
- Pervasive 2010, Pervasive 2007
- Ubicomp 2013, Ubicomp 2011, Ubicomp 2009, Ubicomp 2008, Ubicomp 2007 Late Breaking Results, Ubicomp 2007, Ubicomp 2006
- Paul G. Allen School Celebrates its first graduating class. Allen School News, June 2016
- Quoted in “UW researchers looking into field of ubiquitous computing,” UW Daily, June 2015
- Lab of Things press page (many articles and blogs)
- Williams Computer Science 25th Anniversary, April 2013
- HomeOS: Microsoft Works on Bringing Smart Homes to the Masses, Time TechLand, Apr 2012
- Microsoft forges ahead with new home-automation OS, CNET, Apr 2012
- Microsoft’s Smart House: Microsoft Research presents ‘HomeOS’, Technology Review, May 2012
- From Smartphone to Smart Home: Automating the Modern Home, Microsoft Research Connections Blog, April 26, 2012
- New from Microsoft Research: Controlling Home Heating Using Occupancy Prediction, Software Enabled Earth, The Official Blog of Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability Team, October 31, 2011
- TechFest: A thermostat that knows when you’re home, Seattle Times, March 9, 2011, (Includes video about system)
- Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs, Technology Review, 18 August 2010
- Kids experiment with ‘video playdates’, CNN Tech, 11 June 2010
- The Intersection of Work & Life, 850 Business Magazine, 7 January 2010
- Password reminders: hard to remember, but easy to hack, Ars Technica, 19 May 2009
- Study: Secret Questions Don’t Safeguard Passwords, PC World Business Center, 19 May 2009
- Are Your “Secret Questions” Too Easily Answered?, Technology Review, 18 May 2009
- Microsoft’s latest is flat-out impressive, Seattle Times, 19 July 2006