Joanna McGrenere

Email: joanna [at] cs [dot] ubc [dot] ca
Office: ICCS X665
Phone: 604-827-5201

Curriculum Vitae

B.Sc., Computer Science, University of Western Ontario (1993); Programmer/Analyst, IBM Canada (1993-1994); M.Sc., Computer Science, University of British Columbia (1996); Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Toronto (2002); Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (2002-2008);  Visiting Scientist, IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (2003-2009); Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (since 2008).


My research is in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a particular focus on the following areas:

  • Personalized user interfaces (including adaptive, adaptable, and mixed-initiative interfaces)
  • Universal Usability
  • Interactive technologies for older users and people with cognitive disorders
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • The use of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies

Selected Publications

Leung, R., Findlater, L., McGrenere, J., and Graf, P. (2010).  Multi-layered interfaces to improve older adults’ initial learnability of mobile applications. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing,3(1), Article 1, 1-30.

Findlater, L., Moffatt, M., McGrenere, J., Dawson, J. (2009). Ephemeral adaptation: The user of gradual onset to improve menu selection performance. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Boston, Massachusetts, April 6 - 9, 2009). CHI '09. ACM Press, 1655-1664.  Best paper award.

Allen, M., McGrenere, J., and Purves, B. (2008). The field evaluation of a mobile digital image communication application designed for people with aphasia. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing.1(1), Article 5, 1-26.

Bunt, A., Conati, C., and McGrenere, J. (2007). Supporting interface tailoring using a mixed-initiative approach. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 28 - 31, 2007). IUI '07. ACM Press, 92-101. Best paper award.

Moffatt, K., and McGrenere, J. (2007). Slipping and drifting: Using older users to uncover
pen-based target acquisition difficulties. Proceedings of the 9th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (Tempe, Arizona, USA, October 15 - 17, 2007). Assets '07. ACM Press, 11-18. Best student paper award.

McGrenere, J., Baecker, R.M., and Booth, K.S. (2007). A field evaluation of an adaptable two-interface design for feature-rich software. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 14(1), Article 3, 1-43.

Zheng, Q., Booth, K.S., and McGrenere, J. (2006). Co-authoring with structured annotations. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 22 - 27, 2006). CHI '06. ACM Press, 131-140.

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