Anind Dey, the Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has been named dean of the University of Washington's Information School.
Dey, who joined the HCII in 2005 and was appointed director in 2014, will continue as director while a search committee finds his replacement. Jennifer Mankoff, a professor in the HCII and Dey's wife, also will be leaving Carnegie Mellon to join UW's Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering.
"We are incredibly sad to see them go," said Andrew Moore, dean of CMU's School of Computer Science. "We warmly wish them all the best, and have agreed to keep a strong, ongoing friendship and intellectual link between both of them and SCS in the years to come."
In addition to his work as institute director, Dey has led a multiuniversity Google expedition regarding the internet of things (IoT), including the development of a robust platform that will enable IoT sensors and other gadgets to communicate with each other. His research also involves using sensors and mobile technology to understand and model human behavior, primarily within the domains of health, automotive, sustainability and education.
Mankoff, who joined the faculty in 2004, addresses technical challenges necessary for everyday individuals and communities to solve real-world problems in domains such as accessibility, health and sustainability. Application areas include sensing and influencing energy saving behavior, web interfaces for individuals with chronic illness, and assistive technologies for people with disabilities.