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Human-Computer Interaction Researcher
Manager, Human Interfaces Group
Mission Operations
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
As Manager of the Human Interfaces Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Scott Davidoff leads design and development of the user interfaces that command all JPL spacecraft. His expertise includes Human-Computer and Human-Robot Interaction, Visualization, and Design.

As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Davidoff researches new ways to more naturally control complex, future space exploration platforms (like the Athlete rover). Davidoff is also the creator of numerous lightweight prototyping methods that now form part of Design and HCI curricula.

Across his over 15 years of experience, Davidoff has authored over 20 research papers, including best papers at the 2012 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems and the 2008 Design and Emotion Society Conference. He has served on the program committees for the ACM Conferences on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), and Tangible and Embedded Interfaces (TEI). Prior to JPL, Davidoff taught Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, he was the Principal Designer at Scott Davidoff Design, where he led advanced development projects for companies like SBC Ameritech, Nortel Systems, and America Online.

His work has been featured in media worldwide, including Engadget, CNET, Adaptive Path and Dorkbot. He also wrote the introduction to Graphis Interactive No. 2. His research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and Google Research.

Dr. Davidoff has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, an MS in Computer Science (Research), and an M.HCI in Human-Computer Interaction (Practice), all from Carnegie Mellon.




Scott Davidoff, PhD
Manager, Human Interfaces Group
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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