Myers, Brad

Myers at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Seattle, Washington on June 12, 1990.

Brad Myers has been a member of the faculty in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science since 1987. He was promoted to become a professor in the School of Computer Science’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute in 2004. Throughout his career, Myers’s research interests have included user interface software, hand-held computers, window managers, and visual programming.

Myers is the principal investigator for the Natural Programming Project – aiming to create new programming languages, environments, and tools that are more intuitive and effective – and the Pebbles Handheld Computer Project – investigating the use of one or more hand-held devices, for example an Android smartphone or PalmOS, connected to a computer and the communication between the devices and main computer in addition to the communication between the separate devices.

Myers with James Landay (left) and Ron Baecker (right) at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2011.
Myers with his former PhD student, James Landay (left), and his PhD advisor, Ron Baecker (right), celebrating their membership in the CHI Academy at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2011.

Since 1984, Myers has worked as a consultant on user interface design and implementation for more than 75 companies, including Adobe Systems Inc., Samsung Electronics, and Apple Computer, Inc. He has also written or edited approximately 450 publications, including “Creating User Interfaces by Demonstration” and “Languages for Developing User Interfaces.”

Myers is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery Fellow, winner of three Most Influential Paper Awards, and a member of the CHI Academy, an honor bestowed on the principal leaders of the field.

I’m constantly in admiration of Brad’s terrifically prolific contributions to the software engineering aspects of user interface design.  His series of jewel-named projects (Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet, etc.) helped push forward many user interface innovations and developer tools.  Brad’s encyclopedic knowledge of the field were put to good use in his masterful 2-hour video called “All the Widgets”, which captured many early designs for everyone to see and learn from. His broad knowledge (and strong writing skills) are visible in his 1996 review “A Brief History of Human-Computer Interaction Technology”.  Brad has been an influential teacher, producing a stream of doctoral students who have gone on to do important work on their own.  One memorable event was when we (and two others) went to ACM headquarters to successfully argue for the creation of the ACM Interactions magazine.  Let me close by saying how generous Brad has been in organizing conferences, editing journals, running awards programs, and helping students.  I give a lot of credit to Brad for helping make HCI so successful – his impact has been enormous in technically rigorous research plus his strong service and effective education. – Ben Shneiderman


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Toronto (1987)
  • M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Advisor UI/UX, PIXterity (2012 – Present)
  • Strategic User Interface Advisor, Web and Mobile, SachManya LLC (2010 – Present)
  • Visiting Professor, Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester (2007 – 2008)
  • Faculty Member, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (1987 – Present); Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science (2004 – Present)
  • Consultant, more than 50 companies including Desmarais LLP, Silicon Valley Expert Witness Group Inc., Apple Computer, Inc. and the Institute for Defense Analyses (1984 – Present)
  • Senior Software Engineer, PERQ Systems Corporation (1980 – 1983)
  • Research Intern, Palo Alto Research Center (1977 – 1979)




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