Jessica Ann Roberts

Jessica Ann Roberts

In a nutshell: I want to help people play with complex data by making data sets tangible, interactive, spatially-referenced, and (preferably) color-coded.

As a learning scientist working primarily in museums, I investigate how people learn with and about data, and how interactive technologies can mediate social, informal learning experiences. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Learning Sciences with a specialization in data visualization and geographic information systems (GIS). I have presented my work on formal and informal learning at such conferences as the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, the International Conference of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Interaction Design and Children, Museums and the Web, the Visitors Studies Association, the Social Science History Association, and the American Educational Researchers Association. I have been invited to graduate and early-career colloquia at Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, and Museums and the Web.

When I'm not developing, testing, and analyzing data from my current exhibit installation, you can find me literally running around Pittsburgh training for a race or standing in my kitchen decorating an unnecessarily complex cake.

Here you'll find more information about my background, research, and cake.