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Robert Jacob

Computer Science

Robert Jacob

Computer Science

Phone 617-627-2225
Halligan Hall, Room 215
161 College Avenue, Medford, MA
human-computer interaction, new interaction modes and techniques, implicit brain-computer interfaces, user interface software

Robert Jacob is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University, where his research interests are new interaction modes and techniques and user interface software. His recent work focuses on implicit brain-computer interfaces. He has been a visiting professor at the University College London Interaction Centre, Universite Paris-Sud, and the MIT Media Laboratory. Before coming to Tufts, Jacob was in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and he is a member of the editorial board for the journal Human-Computer Interaction and a founding member for ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. He has served as vice president of ACM SIGCHI, papers co-chair of the CHI and UIST conferences, and general co-chair of UIST and TEI. He was elected to the ACM CHI Academy in 2007 and as an ACM Fellow in 2016.

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1976
M.S.E., Mathematical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 1974
B.A., Quantitative Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1972
Professional Experience: 

Department of Computer Science, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2006-present: Professor
  • 1998-2006: Associate Professor
  • 1994-1998: Assistant Professor

Visiting Lecturer, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London


Visiting Professor, Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, Universite Paris-Sud


Visiting Associate Professor, Media Laboratory, MIT


Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Statistics/Computer and Information Systems, George Washington University


Computer Scientist and Head of Advanced Interfaces Section, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Research Interests: 

Robert Jacob's research interests are new interaction modes and techniques and user interface software. His current work focuses on implicit brain-computer interfaces.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Elected Fellow, Assocation of Computing Machinery
2007: Elected, ACM SIGCHI Academy
Selected Professional Activities: 
2010: Conference Co-Chair, ACM TEI Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interfaces
2007: Conference Co-Chair, ACM UIST Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
2006-present: Associate Editor, Human-Computer Interaction
2002-present: Member, Editorial Board, International Series on HCI
2001: Papers Co-Chair, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
1998: Program Chair, ACM UIST Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
1992-present: Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
1993-2008: Member, Editorial Board, ACM Interactions
1990-1993, 2001-2006, 2014-2015: Vice President, ACM SIGCHI
Professional Memberships: 
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
COMP-0086: Object-Oriented Programming for Graphical User Interfaces
COMP-0171: Human-Computer Interaction
COMP-0250-HCI: Human-Computer Interaction Seminar