Landay, James

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Landay at HCIL Symposium 2011
James Landay (right) with Catherine Plaisant and Ben Bederson at the HCIL Annual Symposium at the University of Maryland in College Park on May 25, 2011.

James Landay is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University with an outstanding ability to establish communities of human-computer interaction researchers with lasting impact on the field. Landay’s leadership as director of Intel Labs Seattle from 2003 to 2006 advanced the laboratory of 20 researchers to prominence as the top laboratory focusing on technologies and applications of ubiquitous computing in the world. At the University of Washington, Landay co-founded the Design. Use. Build. (DUB) Center, an alliance of professors, students, researchers, and industry professionals with shared interest in Human Computer Interaction & Design research. Under Landay’s leadership, the DUB Center became an internationally-acclaimed powerhouse in HCI research. Landay is also the founder and co-director of the World Lab, a cross-cultural research and education collaboration between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Landay CHI 2011
Brad Myers presents his former Ph.D. student James Landay with an award recognizing Landay’s election to the CHI Academy at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, BC, Canada in May 2011.

Landay’s research has contributed to areas of ubiquitous computing, automated usability evaluation, web design, and user interface design tools. As a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, he began creating tools using sketching to support fluid user interface design and development. Landay was the first to demonstrate the use of sketching in user interface design tools in his pioneering Ph.D. dissertation. In addition to his continued interest in user interface design tools, his current research focuses on technology to support behavior change, demonstrational interfaces, and mobile computing.

Landay is the co-author of the best-selling web design book, “The Design of Sites.” He also co-founded and served as chief scientist at NetRaker, a start-up company in the field that was later acquired by KeyNote Systems. Landay was elected to the CHI Academy in 2011.

“I’ve followed James Landay’s work since his grad student days at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he worked with Brad Myers on sketching interfaces.  Even then, Landay was impressive in his technical abilities and capacity to focus on a problem and produce compelling results presented in solid publications.  Landay has an impressive professional career working with companies (Intel, Microsoft, etc.), attracting and nurturing terrific talent, and then pushing teams of students to produce great results.  Some find Jim to be a tough guy, but he’s always well-intentioned and on the right side of issues I care about, such as sustainable computing.” – Ben Shneiderman


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (1996)
  • M.S. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (1993)
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley (1990)


  • Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University (2014 – Present)
  • Professor of Information Science, Cornell University (2013 – 2014)
  • Professor in Computer Science & Engineering (2010 – 2013), Associate Professor (2003 – 2010), University of Washington
  • Director, Intel Research Seattle (2003 – 2006)
  • Research Intern, Xerox PARC (2002)
  • Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, NetRaker – acquired by KeyNote Systems in 2004 (1998 – 2003)
  • Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (1997 – 2004)
  • Consultant, FXPAL (1997 – 1999)
  • Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University (1990 – 1996)


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