is a Professor in the
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science at
Carnegie Mellon University,
where he served for many years as the founding director of the
HCII PhD program.
He was previously an Associate Professor
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
and prior to that an Assistant Professor of
University of Arizona.
He earned his Ph.D. in
University of Colorado
Scott received the
ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award in 2021.
He was elected to the
in 2006, and has published extensively on technology-oriented HCI topics.
He has received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence at CMU,
as well as the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award.
He has regularly served on program
committees for the
He served as papers co-chair for the SIGCHI 2009 and 2010 conferences,
Program Chair for the UIST '90 and UIST '00 conferences,
as well as Symposium Chair for UIST '93,
and the founding UIST Doctoral Symposium chair from 2003 to 2005.
He currently serves as the Steering Committee chair for the UIST conference,
and also served as a founding Associate Editor for
ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction.
He has received research funding from the
National Science Foundation, DARPA, Google, Microsoft, HP, Disney, Intel, GM, and IBM.
Scott's research interests over time have covered a wide range of topics
within Human-Computer Interaction, but have a center of gravity in technical aspects
of HCI. They have generally included the invention and building of things which
lead to a better user experience, or enabling of new capabilities for new sets of people
(although often indirectly through tools).
Scott's Curriculum Vitae
(Which will inevitably be out of date...)
Scott's Google Scholar Page
Scott's Papers in
the ACM Digital Library
Much of Scott's recent work has focused on computational fabrication, including
topics such as: the creation of unique new types of 3D printers, the use of
knitting and weaving machines as fabrication devices, tools for computational design
and the use of advanced fabrication for assistive devices. His older work has explored
areas such as: handling inputs with uncertainty, interactive devices, sensing, and physical interaction,
managing human attention, situationally appropriate interaction, and tools and toolkits for user interface
Scott's papers are available on-line via the ACM Digital Library.
Teaching is intertwined with almost everything Scott does.
He has two major teaching activities: supervising (and co-supervising) a number of PhD students,
and teaching HCI courses at the undergraduate, masters, and PhD levels.
Until a few years ago he was also the director of the HCI Institute PhD program.
In addition to an impressive set of current students, Scott has a long history of graduating
successful PhD students. These include, for example 14 who have gone on to be professors
at schools such as:
University of Washington (in the
University of British Columbia,
Seoul National University, and
to be department heads (in
Medical Informatics) and
an endowed chair;
as well as industrial research standouts who have been the originators of work such as
Google News and
Google Project Tango.
Scott regularly teaches:
05-3/833 "Applied Gadgets Sensors and Activity Recognition in HCI"
05-4/835 "Applied Fabrication Techniques for HCI"
HCII PhD Program
Until a few years ago Scott directed the HCII PhD program, having led the committee which created it,
ushered in the first class in 2000, and served as its director for many years.
This program was the first PhD program in the United States devoted exclusively to HCI.
It's central goal is to train world class interdisciplinary HCI researchers
capable of transforming our field, and we take great pride in our students, both past and present.
The program admits research-oriented students from a wide variety of backgrounds. However, admissions
are very competitive. If you are interested in our program, please see
the materials regarding applications
on the HCII web site.
The best way to contact Scott is by email at scott.hudson (at) cs.cmu.edu.