Michael Brooks

HCI researcher
human-centered designer
data scientist


I have recently completed my PhD in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, advised by Cecilia Aragon. Before grad school, I studied Math and Computer Science at Oberlin College, and grew up in Pittsboro, NC. I am currently working at Dato, a Seattle-based startup building machine learning tools for massive data sets.

I use a human-centered design approach to help people understand data by building interactive data analysis, visualization, and machine learning tools. My dissertation is about how social scientists analyze large amounts of social media data, and how to design software to support their work. I have designed and built tools for collaborative analysis of Twitter datasets, interactive machine learning, and emotion classification in chat messages. More about my research.