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About Jerry Alan Fails

Dr. Jerry Alan Fails joined Boise State University in 2016 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2009, where he was an active member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Dr. Fails’ general area of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a current focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration. The primary goals of his current research is to leverage technology to encourage children to engage with their environment and with one another (two things technology is blamed for doing the exact opposite), and to engage children in generative activities as opposed to consumer oriented activities. As part of this, Dr. Fails leads a collaborative effort called Geotagger which enables children to make and share environmental observations. 

Positions

2016 - Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Computer Science
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2014 - 2016 Associate Professor, Montclair State University
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2009 - 2014 Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
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2007 Instructor, University of Maryland at College Park
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Honors and Awards

  • 2002 - Distinguished Paper Award at IUI 2002 for Light Widgets: Interacting in Every-Day Spaces
  • 2003 - Outstanding Paper Award at IUI 2003 for Interactive Machine Learning
  • 2008 - Best Tutorial at CHI 2008: Giving Children a Voice in the Design of Technology: Methods and Strategies
  • 2010-2011 - Selected as an Engaged Teaching Fellow
  • 2013-2014 - Selected as an Engaged Teaching Mentor
  • 2016 - IEEE VAST (Visual Analytics Science and Technology) Conference Test of Time Award for "A Visual Interface for Multivariate Temporal Data: Finding Patterns of Events Across Multiple Histories", IEEE VAST Conference

Education

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2003 - 2009 Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Maryland at College Park
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2001 - 2003 M.S. - Computer Science, Brigham Young University - Provo
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1995 - 2001 B.S. - Computer Science (Minors: Portuguese and Marriage, Family and Human Development), Brigham Young University - Provo
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Articles (7)

Contributions to Books (2)

Conference Proceedings (28)

Includes presented papers and published proceedings