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Orit Shaer

Medford Campus


  • Ph.D Computer Science, Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • M.S. Computer Science, Tufts University, Medford, United States


Orit Shaer is Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Wellesley College. She directs the Wellesley College HCI Lab. Her research focuses on novel human-computer interaction for the future of work and learning, including tangible and embodied interaction, and mixed-reality interfaces. Dr Shaer received her PhD in Computer Science from Tufts. She is a senior Member of ACM, and a recipient of several NSF and industry awards. She is a founder of the CHIWork symposium and is a steering committee member of the ACM conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI). Shaer's book "Weaving Fire into Form: Aspirations for Tangible and Embodied Interaction" (ACM Books, 2022) is the first comprehensive reference book on this emerging field. It provides wide-ranging conceptual and pragmatic tools toward weaving the animating fires of computation and technology into evocative tangible forms. Her website is: