Portrait of Scott Saponas

Scott Saponas

Principal Architect

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I am a Principal Architect in the Medical Devices Group at Microsoft Research. In 2010, I completed my PhD in the Computer Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington where I was advised by Professor James Landay and Dr. Desney Tan. 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.