Jessica Ann Roberts

In a nutshell: I want to help people play with complex visual data by making data sets tangible, interactive, spatially-referenced, and (preferably) color-coded.

As a learning scientist working primarily in museums, I investigate how people learn with and about data, and how interactive technologies can mediate social, informal learning experiences. I am an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where I lead the OrCHID lab, studying ORganic Computer-Human Interactions with Data.

I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Learning Sciences with a specialization in data visualization and geographic information systems (GIS). I have presented my work on formal and informal learning at such conferences as the the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), the International Conference of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Interaction Design and Children (IDC), Museums and the Web (MW), the Visitors Studies Association (VSA), the Social Science History Association (SSHA), and the American Educational Researchers Association (AERA).