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Wendy Ju

Executive Director, Center for Design Research, Stanford University

Wendy Ju is joining Cornell Tech in New York City as an Assistant Professor. She was formerly Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at Stanford University's Center for Design Research. Wendy's research investigates how people will interact with automation, particularly robots and autonomous vehicles. Since receiving her PhD from Stanford in 2008, Wendy has been innovating curriculum at the intersection of technology, design and the arts. She was Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Associate Professor in the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts. Wendy Ju explores how people respond to interactive and automated technologies using design research. Her particular expertise is in studying interactions to create physical and digital interfaces that implicitly communicate with users; this knowledge has wide reaching application in the creation of robots, automated vehicles and consumer technology devices. She also aims to lower the barriers to designing interactive systems so that these systems better represent the interests of a wider demographic of people.