Portrait of Scott Saponas

Scott Saponas

Senior Director


I am Senior Director of the Biomedical Computing and Medical Experiences and Design groups. In 2010, I completed my PhD in the Computer Science & Engineering (opens in new tab) department at the University of Washington (opens in new tab) where I was advised by Professor James Landay (opens in new tab) and Dr. Desney Tan (opens in new tab). My general research interests are Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp). More specifically, I tend to spend most of my time exploring off-desktop interfaces including Physiological Computing and “Natural User Interfaces.” In my dissertation work, I created new human-computer interfaces by exploring techniques to harness the untapped bandwidth of the human body for physiological interfaces to computing. The focus of my work in this area has been muscle-computer interfaces. This work has led to many publications and coverage by media outlets including being honored as one of Technology Review’s 2010 Young Innovators Under 35 (opens in new tab).