I was thrilled to be a part of CHI Stories 2017 (which is ACM CHI’s Ted style talk about personal experiences, reflections, and stories related to HCI). Benko’s talk on favorite researcher was particularly fascinating, which made me reflect about my own favorite researchers in the field that shaped my perspectives & thinking.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to closely work and collaborate with many of my favorite, admirable researchers (which is why I love my job so much!). Beyond my collaborators, here are some of the researchers/works that inspired everything I do.
- Takeo Igarashi is my very first favorite researcher (back in 2009). During my early stages of PhD (with Shengdong), Takeo’s inspiring works, & Ilovesketch (by Seok-Hyung, Karan, Ravin) shaped the trajectory of my research in the intersection of HCI & graphics.
- Hiroshi Ishii, for his visionary research in Tangible User Interfaces, and relentlessly pushing the limits of the field with great vision, design, technology, and passion.
- Bret victor, for his inspiring writings & demos on dynamic pictures and interfaces as a powerful medium for thinking.
- Ken Perlin, for demonstrating the thrilling potential of Computer Graphics as a language.
- Bill Buxton, for painting a broader picture about the role of technology, design culture, and the intersection of design, technology, and society.