Michael Brooks

HCI researcher
human-centered designer
data scientist


I am a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am advised by Cecilia Aragon and am a member of the Human-Centered Data Science Lab. Before grad school, I studied Math and Computer Science at Oberlin College, and grew up in Pittsboro, NC.

Note: I am finishing up my PhD and am on the job market!
I am interested in industry research, user experience research, and data science opportunities. Please check my CV or resume and get in touch!

I use a human-centered design approach to help people understand data by building better 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.