Robin N. Brewer

I'm Robin. I do research

at the intersection of social computing and accessibility. In my work, I investigate not only how to develop and design more accessible interfaces, but also how to create more meaningful online communities. My disseration work focused on developing voice-based systems for older adults with vision impairments. My other line of work has explored how crowd work platforms can be more meaningful to novice workers such as older adults.

In the past I have conducted research at University of Maryland's HCIL, Carnegie Mellon's Usable Privacy and Security Lab, UMBC's PAD Lab, IBM Research, Facebook's Research Center, and Microsoft Research. In my spare time, I help lead Brave Initiatives, an organization that teaches high school girls to code using the user-centered design process to build websites addressing community issues they value.

I hold a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Human-Centered Computing from UMBC., and a Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior from Northwestern University.

I look forward to joining University of Michigan's School of Information this Fall as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow.