I am a PhD trained human-computer interaction researcher and industry trained user experience researcher specializing in the design of data-driven software. My academic experience taught me to think deeply, explore widely, and communicate clearly while my industry experience taught me to add value, control scope, and meet deadlines.
I have an extensive qualitative and quantitative research toolkit and build custom software to collect and visualize data from people interacting with complex systems over time, both in the lab and in the wild.
My PhD focused on how people use computational notebooks and electronic medical records to document and communicate work involving large amounts of data. I also have prior experience visualizing medical equipment inventories and testing online shopping interfaces
Contextual Inquiry, Usability Testing, Eye-Tracking, Field Studies, Task Analysis, Heuristic Evaluation, Personas
Prototyping & Design
Analysis & Visualization
Python, R, SQL, D3
University of California, San Diego
PhD Cognitive Science
Thesis: Design and Use of Computational Notebooks
University of Washingon
MS Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Illinois
BS Industrial Engineering - Highest Honors
Using Visual Histories to Reconstruct the Mental Context of Suspended Activities
Adam Rule, Aurelien Tabard, Jim Hollan
Human-Computer Interaction 2017
[c5] - To Appear
Aiding Collaborative Reuse of Computational Notebooks with Annotated Cell Folding.
Adam Rule, Ian Drosos, Aurélien Tabard, Jim Hollan
[c4] - Honorable Mention (top 5% of submissions)
Exploration and Explanation in Computational Notebooks.
Adam Rule, Aurélien Tabard, Jim Hollan
Validating free-text order entry for a note-centric EHR.
Adam Rule, Steven Rick, Michael Chiu, Phillip Rios, Shazia Ashfaq, Alan Calvitti, Wesley Chan, Nadir Weibel, Zia Agha
Restoring the Context of Interrupted Work with Desktop Thumbnails.
Adam Rule, Aurelien Tabard, Karen Boyd and Jim Hollan
Cog Sci 2015
[c1] - Honorable Mention (top 5% of submissions)
Designing interfaces for multi-user, multi-robot systems.
Adam Rule, Jodi Forlizzi
Traces: A Flexible, Open-Source Activity Tracker for Workplace Studies Adam Rule, Aurelien Tabard, Jim Hollan CSCW 2016
Visualizing Computer Activity to Support the Resumption of Long-term Creative Work
Adam Rule Creativity + Cognition 2015
Design Thinking in Radiation OncologyAdam Rule, Erin Gillespie, Nadir Weibel, Todd PawlickiHFES Healthcare 2016
Thinking in 4D: Preserving and Sharing Mental Context Across TimeAdam Rule, Aurelien Tabard, Jim HollanCSCW 2016
Human Values in Tracking and Sharing Computer-Mediated Activity at WorkKaren Boyd, Adam Rule, Aurelien Tabard, Jim HollanCSCW 2016
2013 - 2018
UC San Diego
Graduate Student Researcher - Employed a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to study the design and use of data-driven software. The three projects included in my dissertation were:
Design Intern - Conducted a half-dozen usability studies with customers of shopping interfaces for clothing and home goods. These included remote, field, and in-person studies of mobile and web interfaces.
Technology Solutions Intern - Evaluated usability of inventory software for medical equipment in resource-constrained environments. Created interactive data visualizations for the same tool.
Carnegie Mellon University
User Research Intern - Conducted contextual inquiries with robot team controllers. Crafted design guidelines for interfaces that control robot teams.
User Research Intern - Conducted ethnographic study of a young man's experience with quadriplegia. Designed interactions with assistive robot.
National Library of Medicine Training Grant - 3 years tuition & stipend
Microsoft Design Expo - Best Presentation
University of Illinois Bronze Tablet - Top 3% GPA
IESE Departmental Awards - Outstanding IE Junior
Teaching Assistant - COGS 10 - Cognitive Consequences of Technology
Teaching Assistant - DSGN 1 - Design of Everyday Things
Teaching Assistant - COGS 120 - HCI Design - Outstanding Teaching Award
Teaching Assistant - COGS 102b - Cognitive Ethnography
Teaching Assistant - COGS 102c - Cognitive Design Studio
Kendall Youngstrom - Now at Google
Ram Dixit - Now MS a student in Biomedical Informatics at UT Houston
Karen Boyd - Now a PhD student at UMD's iSchool
Regina Cheng - Now a PhD student in HCDE at UW
AMIA 2015 - 2016